Press Releases

DFA on DEBATE #1: “When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional.”

September 29, 2020

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s general election debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“Joe Biden won tonight’s debate because he spoke straight to the American people while Donald Trump came unglued.

“When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional. Joe Biden was clear, strong, and the only adult on that stage.

“The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths, the west coast is on fire, and a…

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DFA says Coney Barrett is a “born-and-bred, far-right extremist,” that Dems must “fight like hell”

September 26, 2020

All reports indicate that Donald Trump is poised to nominate far-right Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court this evening -- just 38 days from the November election.

Democracy for America (DFA) CEO Yvette Simpson on Trump's nomination of Coney Barrett to the Court and expectations on the fight ahead:

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a born-and-bred, far-right extremist who will use a seat…

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DFA: “Grossly inadequate indictment” in Breonna Taylor case “reaffirms why we say #BlackLivesMatter”

September 23, 2020

This afternoon, a Kentucky Grand Jury announced a narrow set of indictments that did not include any charges in direct response to the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Profoundly disappointed by the indictment announcement, DFA is responding by reiterating its commitment to electing a slate of champions for criminal justice reform across the country in 2020.

The following is a statement reacting to the Taylor indictments from Democracy for…

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DFA: “We’re committed to fighting like hell to ensure… [Trump] doesn’t destroy RBG’s legacy.”

September 18, 2020

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Tonight, the country mourns the loss of a great American jurist and a pioneer in the fight for women’s rights and equal justice under the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero and icon who will go down in history as one of the most important voices for justice and progress the U.S. Supreme Court has ever known.

“A…

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Democracy for America endorses Nikema Willams for Congress in GA-5

September 3, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Nikema Williams in the open race for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, to fill the seat of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

Georgia State Senator Nikema Wiliams has spent her career fighting for voting rights, fair representation, and to empower marginalized communities. Williams was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2017 and became the first Black woman to…

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DFA says Markey primary win is “perfect capstone” to year of “transformative progressive victories”

September 1, 2020

U.S. Senator Ed Markey just successfully beat back Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s primary challenge in Massachusetts delivering progressives yet another 2020 primary victory.

Democracy for America endorsed Sen. Markey late last month.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Sen. Ed Markey’s Democratic primary victory in Massachusetts:

“Sen. Ed Markey’s win in this race was the perfect capstone to a 2020 primary season packed with transformative…

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Democracy for America endorses Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine

August 24, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine.

The endorsement of Gideon is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in enabling Donald Trump’s massive mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the…

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Democracy for America backs Ed Markey for reelection to U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

August 20, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Ed Markey in the competitive primary for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

While DFA has been primarily focused in 2020 U.S. Senate races on a “Flip the Senate” strategy focused on returning Congress’s upper chamber to Democratic control, the grassroots progressive group felt it was necessary to endorse in the primary in deep blue Massachusetts to help ensure that Markey, a…

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VICTORY: DFA cheers Ilhan Omar’s MN-05 primary victory over “wealthy, right-wing interests”

August 11, 2020

Ilhan Omar just successfully beat back a primary challenge in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Omar was one of DFA’s very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle in March 2019 and received DFA’s support in her first race for Congress in 2018.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Ilhan Omar’s 2020 primary victory in Minnesota:

“Rep. Ilhan Omar’s win in this primary is a tremendous victory for voters in her district and progressives across…

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Democracy for America’s response to Biden’s pick of Sen. Kamala Harris for Vice President

August 11, 2020

Vice President Joe Biden just announced that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 election.

Here’s Democracy for America’s reaction to Biden’s selection of Harris as Vice President:

“Vice President Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris gives Democrats a historic opportunity to defeat Donald Trump, break through a glass ceiling for Black women, and win majorities in both the House and the Senate that can…

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VICTORY: DFA says Hoadley’s MI-06 primary win sets up Dems to “deliver a historic upset to” Upton

August 5, 2020

Jon Hoadley just won the Democratic primary in Michigan’s 6th Congressional district delivering an important victory for progressives and giving Democrats a strong shot at defeating 17-term incumbent Republican Rep. Fred Upton in November.

Democracy for America endorsed Hoadley for Congress in March and has supported him in his past races for the Michigan State House.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Jon Hoadley’s Democratic primary victory…

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VICTORY: DFA says Rashida Tlaib’s huge victory in MI-13 is a “clear vote of support”

August 5, 2020

Rashida Tlaib just successfully fought back a primary challenge in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

DFA made Tlaib was one of its very first endorsements of the 2020 cycle in March 2019 and was one of her early primary supporters ahead of her 2018 race.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Rashida Tlaib’s 2020 primary victory in Michigan:

“From the very first day of her very first campaign, Rashida Tlaib has known exactly the families…

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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Tishaura Jones’ win in Democratic primary for St. Louis Treasurer

August 5, 2020

Earlier this morning, Tishaura Jones won the Democratic primary in her bid to be reelected Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, MO.

Democracy for America endorsed Jones’ bid for reelection in May. In 2017, DFA supported Jones in her race for Mayor of St. Louis.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Tishuara Jones’ primary victory in the race for Treasurer of St. Louis, MO:

“Tishuara Jones’ record pushing for reform, delivering for working…

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VICTORY: DFA calls Siegel’s TX-10 run-off win a “crystal clear rejection” of corporate Dem playbook

July 14, 2020

Mike Siegel just won the Democratic run-off in Texas’ 10th Congressional district delivering an important win for progressives and giving Democrats a strong shot at defeating Republican Rep. Michael McCaul in November.

Democracy for America endorsed Siegel in April.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Mike Siegel’s run-off victory:

“Mike Siegel’s run-off victory in Texas’ 10th Congressional District is a crystal clear rejection of the false…

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VICTORY: DFA calls Valenzuela’s TX-24 run-off success an “important win for progressives”

July 14, 2020

Candace Valenzuela just won an upset victory in the Democratic runoff in Texas’ 24th Congressional District.

Democracy for America endorsed Valenzuela early last month.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Candace Valenzuela run-off win in TX-24:

“Candace Valenzuela’s victory tonight is an important win for progressives and anyone who believes that it’s critical to build a more representative democracy while fighting to hold the Democratic…

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