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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:52 PM

Democracy for America Raises a Half-Million Dollars in Funds for Progressives

Released: Oct 24, 2012 11:39 AM

Democracy for America to Make 1 Million Calls Before November 6

Burlington, VT – Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced the organization has raised over $500,000 dollars for its Dean Dozen candidates since August. Today the progressive group also pledged to make 1 million calls to drive the organization's Get-Out-The-Vote efforts before November 6th.

“These numbers are a strong indication that progressives are in this election to win,” Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America said. “Across the country we’re hearing from our members that they’re ready to do whatever they can to create a Congress that works by, of and for the people. Our Dean Dozen candidates will do just that.”

Overall, the Dean Dozen candidates are in strong positions moving into November with nine of the 12 polling ahead or within the margin of error. These candidates will benefit from upcoming calls from DFA members nationwide using the DFA Dialer, a Call-Out-The-Vote tool.

“We received a huge financial boost from DFA following the Dean Dozen endorsement,” Raul Ruiz, a Dean Dozen candidate running for California’s 36th Congressional District said. “Three polls commissioned by DFA threw the national spotlight on our district – and with the polls showing us ahead and surging, people know that this race is winnable. The support we have received from DFA has been incredible and I’m very proud to be a part of select group of candidates.”

“What we do at DFA isn’t groundbreaking, but it is working. Organizing the grassroots and building support from the bottom up is a formula that gives us our power and strength,” continued Dean. “Our candidates benefit from the work that our membership and our team produce. Democracy in this country can still be impacted by the likes of you and me, we just have to work a bit harder since the Koch Brothers and Citizens United have come to play.”

So far, Democracy for America has raised over $500,000 for Dean Dozen candidates. The Dean Dozen is DFA's highest tier of federal endorsement. It is limited to 12 total candidates running for either US House or US Senate and represents the races that DFA will expend the greatest amount of resources on during the 2012 cycle. Each Dean Dozen endorsed candidate received a cross endorsement from DFA founder, Governor Howard Dean, a commitment to raise an additional $20,000 dollars in small donations from DFA's national membership, a contribution of $5,000 in financial and in-kind support from DFA's PAC over the course of the campaign, on-the-ground organizing support from DFA's regional field organizers, and priority in the DFA Dialer, a Call-Out-The-Vote tool where DFA members make tens of thousands of calls to voters on a given day. To date, DFA members have given over $38,000 to elect Raul Ruiz.


Democracy for America is the people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.


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