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Sun Dec 27, 2015, 08:38 AM

 

From: Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America

Subject: (OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT VOTE) And the winner is...

The American People --

With 271,527 votes cast -- and all three presidential candidates campaigning directly for your vote -- the results are in and they are extraordinary.

Bernie Sanders has earned Democracy for America's endorsement in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary with an astonishing, record-breaking 87.9% of the vote (including 77.8% of voters who were already members of DFA prior to the poll being launched on December 7).

This is an historic moment for DFA, for the progressive movement, for the Democratic Party, for people-powered politics -- and for Bernie supporters who relentlessly rallied over nine intense days to Get Out The Vote and win this pivotal endorsement.

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This is the first time since our founding that DFA members have chosen to make an endorsement in a presidential primary and it couldn't have happened without the participation and Get Out The Vote efforts of members like you. With your help, Bernie was able to easily clear 67% -- a two-thirds threshold that TIME Magazine called a "high bar" -- undeniably demonstrating the overwhelming support he has from our members.

We're grateful to each of the Democratic candidates -- Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders -- for participating fully in this process and making it clear how much they value our support.

Now, driven by the relentless energy of DFA members, we’ll immediately start organizing on behalf of Bernie in key primary states, from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to nearly a dozen states voting on Super Tuesday. We’ll also be building -- as Bernie has called for -- a political revolution ready to elect populist progressive candidates nationwide to local school boards, city councils, and state legislatures, and all the way up to the U.S. Senate.

We know that our people-powered organization can make a huge difference in this election and our first chance to prove it starts now. Please join me on this historic day in showing Bernie -- and the establishment -- that DFA members are working to win.

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At DFA, a cornerstone of our electoral vision for revitalizing the Democratic Party is the knowledge that primaries matter -- and Bernie's campaign is a perfect example of why they do.

Like DFA members, Bernie has kept the fight against income inequality front and center in the presidential race. The 2016 presidential primary election could’ve been dominated by the same Republican-Lite rhetoric that helped Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate in 2014. Instead, Bernie’s ideas and solutions for rebuilding the middle class have dominated the debate. His success has helped move critical issues like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, breaking up the big banks and getting big money out of politics -- all issues supported by the majority of Americans nationwide -- into the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

And Bernie is doing all of this while building a powerful, insurgent campaign that is steadily dismantling the conventional wisdom of DC skeptics who claimed he would never have a chance to win.

Bernie has held several huge events with tens of thousands of people in places like Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts -- but the political revolution hasn’t been limited just to liberal states. Over 8,000 showed up at a rally in Dallas, Texas, over 9,200 at an event in South Carolina, and over 11,000 people attended a July rally in Phoenix, Arizona, during one of the hottest days of the year. All in all, the Washington Post reports that over a four-week period this summer, more than 100,000 people attended Bernie's rallies, proving that his vision for America resonates across the country no matter where you live.

It’s not just the crowds. Bernie is polling in first place in New Hampshire and is in striking distance of a win in Iowa. The campaign broke a record just last night, as the first presidential campaign in history to bring in over 2 million individual contributions this early in the primary contest.

We're excited to be backing a bold progressive champion like Bernie, and we're going into full campaign mode to support him but -- as a grassroots progressive movement organization -- we're going to need some significant resources to make it happen.

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Of course, this isn't the first time DFA has stood side by side with Bernie Sanders. Our organization has been working with him to make progressive change happen for years.

Together, we've run issue campaigns focused on raising the minimum wage, overturning Citizens United and stopping the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and he has regularly chatted with our members on several DFA Live conference calls over the years.

On one riveting DFA Live call last year, Bernie warmly praised DFA members and celebrated the economic populism that has defined DFA, especially over the last two years: "Income inequality is the greatest moral, economic, and political issue facing our country today. That's why I've been so impressed with DFA's relentless work to address it."

The fact that Sen. Sanders was able to win our endorsement vote by such a huge margin is proof of the incredible energy and enthusiasm his campaign is inspiring. As Bernie himself so often says, this isn't just about him -- it's about bringing new people and energy into a movement that will fight for working families far into the future.

DFA has a long history of backing progressive candidates in contested primaries -- and when we give our endorsement, it's more than just talk. In every election cycle since Howard Dean founded DFA in 2004, not only have DFA members supported progressive candidates with their donations -- DFA members have also been the invaluable "boots on the ground" candidates need to get them over the top in close races.

We know how to build progressive power -- and that's exactly what we’ll do in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond, by recruiting and training volunteers, fundraising for the campaign, and uplifting the issues that matter in this election.

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be working with the Sanders campaign to maximize our impact, add value, and help drive the campaign to victory. But the first action you can take right now -- with only 45 days left until voting begins in Iowa -- is to make the most of this pivotal moment with a huge, meaningful show of support for Bernie.

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Thanks for your vote and your support in this exciting and critical moment for the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

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Reply From: Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America (Original post)
PowerToThePeople Dec 2015 OP
djean111 Dec 2015 #1
SoapBox Dec 2015 #3
Plucketeer Dec 2015 #5
ChiciB1 Dec 2015 #8
ChiciB1 Dec 2015 #6
Indydem Dec 2015 #2
thesquanderer Dec 2015 #9
Indydem Dec 2015 #10
thesquanderer Dec 2015 #11
Indydem Dec 2015 #12
cantbeserious Dec 2015 #4
Enthusiast Dec 2015 #7

Response to PowerToThePeople (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 09:14 AM

1. Got to admit I thought they were in the bag for Hillary, due to the Hillary pitch being given by

 

Dean himself.

So I will re-join. Thanks for this!

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Response to djean111 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 09:39 AM

3. Sadly...

Dr. Dean has been showing himself to be part of the Entrenched Establishment.

Go Bernie!

Go Berners!

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 11:25 AM

5. Dean backing Clinton

 

I must say, when I first heard him sing the praises of Hillary - my heart sank. But I have come to realize just how strict the party line MUST be towed to maintain your stature. I might even go so far as to concede that some of that blind allegiance is OK - to a point. When it gets to where one has to DELIBERATLY ignore the intensifying drone, then you start to show your true colors - all ugly hues to be sure. We need leadership - not subservience and predestined appointment.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 11:42 AM

8. I Understand "Somewhat" What You're Saying, BUT

I'm not sure what Howard Dean stands to gain UNLESS he may know something we don't. That's just conjecture on my part of course, but he DID jump in VERY EARLY and that's when I distanced myself from DFA! His brother Jimmy used to sign all the email I got, now it's the Executive Director. Thought his brother was the Executive Director.

Some of my faith in "we the people" has been restored, but WE ALL know what Bernie's up against. The Democratic Party I joined many years ago seems to have fallen on it's sword and given allegiance to other needs!

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Response to djean111 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 11:34 AM

6. I Will Re-Join Too! I Had The Same Thoughts As You...

Isn't it a SHAME that The Founder of DFA went over to the other side? This is a very amazing endorsement and one that can actually do some heavy lifting.

Thanks so much for posting this. Needed some good news this A.M. because in my heart I know this country needs BADLY to STOP being controlled by BIG MONEY... Name your own organization, there are far too many!

Go, Bernie!

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 09:33 AM

2. Clicky click.

 

Bernie won an online poll?

Color me surprised.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:21 PM

9. It's not a typical online poll


Supposedly, all three presidential candidates campaigned directly for people's votes.

http://2016.democracyforamerica.com/results

and there were protections in place to prevent a person from casting multiple votes.

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/blog/944-democracy-for-america-launches-2016-presidential-primary-endorsement-vote

As a "predictive" poll, it is useless... it's not representative of any larger population, and in *that* respect (its ability to product what some larger population thinks), it is as pointless as any of the typically maligned unscientific polls (easily recognizable by the lack of a margin of error figure). But that was not the purpose of this poll.

This result was precisely representative of what this particular group of people think... and that's what was used to generate the endorsement.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:25 PM

10. No, Bernie campaigned for the votes.

 

I never received any email from the Clinton campaign about joining or voting.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:34 PM

11. Does the fact that YOU did not receive any notice from HRC campaign...

...mean that the HRC campaign made no efforts?

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:46 PM

12. That is the implication.

 

I get emails from the Clinton campaign every other day. Not sure why this would have been excluded.

I'm not saying that Bernie didn't win the poll. I'm saying that his campaign worked his supporters into a frenzy, like usual.

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 11:17 AM

4. When We Stand Together - No Citizen Need Settle For The Lesser Of Two Corporate Evils - Go Bernie Go

eom

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Original post)

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 11:39 AM

7. Kicked and recommended!

I was so angered to receive a "Vote for Hillary" DFA e-mail that I unsubscribed. I think I'll need to reconsider.

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