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Zephyr Teachout Far Exceeds Expectations In Bid For New York Governor, Leaving Andrew Cuomo Bruised

PCCC-endorsed Zephyr Teachout won a stunning 34.3% of the vote in what the New York Times is calling a “surprisingly potent liberal revolt” and “an embarrassing rebuke” to Governor Andrew Cuomo, adding that it could “put a sizable dent in any national aspirations he may hold.”

This is a victory for progressives everywhere. Andrew Cuomo’s corrupt economic policies hurt New York working families. In a few short weeks, Zephyr Teachout gave Andrew Cuomo the race of his political life — even though she was outspent 11-to-1, and fueled only by the hands and hearts of her supporters.

The national message for politicians is clear. If you run as a Democrat and govern as a Republican, you can be challenged and held accountable.

Ruben Gallego: Bold Reformer Running for Congress in Arizona

We are proud to announce our endorsement of rubengallego900pxRuben Gallego, who is running for Congress in Arizona!

Ruben is an Iraq veteran and state legislator. He is also a young activist who has worked to increase the number of Latino voters and led fights for worker rights, immigration reform, marijuana legalization, and marriage equality.

He supports expanding Social Security benefits and taking on the student debt crisis.

Ruben Gallego is a bold reformer committed to a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United and the Government By The People Act — a bill would create a system where small-dollar donations will be matched with public funds to gives a $100 donation from a high school teacher the same weight as a lobbyist who contributes $700.

Read more on Ruben’s website:

Ruben Gallego Campaign Finance Reform on Website pt 1

  Ruben Gallego Campaign Finance Reform on Website pt 2

And check out Ruben’s responses to our questionnaire:

Ruben Gallego Democracy Questionaire screenshot

Ruben Gallego Signature

Ruben faces a tough primary on August 26th against a more conservative opponent.

Most importantly, Ruben and his team are building infrastructure. They have built an amazing grassroots movement of young people who are knocking on doors every day. They aren’t just trying to win a congressional race. They are trying to build progressive power in Arizona.

This is a safe Democratic district — so it’s important that a true progressive win the election.

Ruben has received numerous endorsements, including from Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Planned Parenthood, The Sierra Club, MoveOn.org, VoteVets.org, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and a dozen unions and labor organizations.

The Progressive …

PCCC Raises $1 Million For Elizabeth Warren’s Allies!

“Candidates for sale turn to K Street lobbyists for help; candidates with a conscience turn to the PCCC. The PCCC is the foundation of a future America based upon the fundamental principles of justice, equality, and peace.”
– Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-9)

This is what Congressman Grayson had to say as we reached a big fundraising milestone this week: over $1,000,000 raised directly from 122,851 small-dollar donations for progressive candidates and campaigns this cycle. Our milestone has already been covered by NBC, CNN, Politico, and the Washington Post, and many more.

Raising this kind of money is what helped us elect Alan Grayson to the U.S. House and Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate in 2012. If we keep this up, we’ll be able to elect over a dozen Warren and Grayson allies to Congress in 2014. We’ll show the country that the path to winning elections — and keeping the Senate – is to campaign and govern on an economic populist agenda including Wall Street reform, expanding Social Security benefits, and reducing student debt.

Pooling our money for candidates together through the PCCC is helping us to advance a bold progressive agenda in a way that we never could before. A dollar from us goes a lot further than a dollar from a billionaire or a big corporation because it represents people power – and with it comes actions, calls, campaign support, and progressive energy that no one else can provide.

Now is the time to pour it on. Candidates like Senator Al Franken are being attacked every day, and the last Democratic primaries are coming up in the next few weeks. Bold progressive candidates need an infusion of money and support now to help them continue to build their grassroots campaigns.  

Help get the word out on Facebook and Twitter.

(Then, donate $4 to help finish …

Reverse The Impact of the Supreme Court, Elect Bold Progressives

The Supreme Court ruled that private corporations can deny contraception to workers — in violation of the insurance requirements under Obamacare. (Hobby Lobby vs. Sebelius)

The Court also voted 5-4 to assault and defund public employee unions.

This follows other right-wing decisions from the Roberts Court — such as Citizens United and overturning of the Voting Rights Act.

Elizabeth Warren made clear last week that “the federal government can still take a wide variety of other steps” to reverse the impact of Supreme Court rulings. 

But that won’t happen if Republicans seize the Senate and grow their power in the House.

Click here to donate $1 or more to Al Franken, Shenna Bellows, Kelly Westlund, Alan Grayson and other top progressives on the ballot in November.

We only support true progressives who will fight to reverse right-wing extremism.

They can win with our help.

Republican leaders are gloating about yesterday’s Supreme Court assault on women and workers.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years, and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree” that corporations can deny contraceptive coverage to workers.

House Speaker John Boehner called today “another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its Big Government objectives.”

Elizabeth Warren made clear that Congress can take steps to reverse the impact of Supreme Court rulings.

But first, we need to make sure Warren’s allies like Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and others win this November. 

Donate $3 to our work to elect top progressives to the Senate and House — and keep Elizabeth Warren in the Senate majority.

Progressive Super Tuesday! “Elizabeth Warren Wing” Candidates Win Their Primaries!




First, Bonnie Watson Coleman won big in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Later, Pat Murphy claimed victory in a critical five-way primary in Iowa’s 1st District.

Then, bold progressive Congressman Mike Honda placed first against a primary opponent from the right in California’s 17th District, moving into the general election stronger than ever.

The PCCC was proud to endorse these three bold progressives in their races.

Bonnie Watson Coleman was New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader and spent her life as a fighter for the powerless. She won her primary with a bold message of “expanding Social Security and Medicare” and taxing millionaires to invest in jobs.

As Speaker of the House, Pat Murphy successfully led the fight to raise the minimum wage and ushered in universal pre-K in Iowa. He campaigned on expanding Social Security, requiring millionaires to pay their fair share, and making college affordable.
Congressman Mike Honda is one of the leading progressives in the House, and he’s taken great pride in working to get more progressives elected. He beat his corporate Democrat challenger by double digits.

The PCCC and these three candidates have been great partners, leading to this week’s victories…

PCCC members made over 10,000 small-dollar donations to these candidates. Over 4,700 small-dollar donations to Bonnie Watson Coleman’s campaign — totaling over $34,000, over 3,300 small-dollar donations to Pat Murphy’s campaign — totaling over $16,000, and nearly 3,000 small-dollar donations to Mike Honda’s campaign — totaling over $17,500.
PCCC staff helped Bonnie Watson Coleman set up her campaign from Day 1, and top PCCC staffers worked closely with Mike Honda’s team to help them run a best-practices campaign.
In April, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pat Murphy attended the PCCC’s national candidate training in DC. In …

We Endorse Mike Honda

Honda_SSHero_900x900Congressman Mike Honda spent his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp before becoming a teacher.

Now he’s one of the boldest progressives in Congress — a national leader for expanding Social Security benefits, requiring millionaires to pay their fair share, and protecting Net Neutrality.

This morning’s Election Watch reports, “Honda’s rival Ro Khanna (D) has refused to commit to expanding Social Security benefits, saying he wouldn’t rule out cutting them for future recipients.”

Ro Khanna also opposes the congressional progressive budget that would tax millionaires, invest in jobs, and invest in education! (And he calls himself a Democrat?)

Today, we are proud to endorse Mike Honda for re-election. Please vote in the June 3primary — and share this blog with all local voters you know.

You can also help Mike Honda win by donating $3 to his campaign here.

And let Mike and others know you support him by endorsing him here.

Ro Khanna has been desperately “district shopping” for years. He even tricked people into donating to him when he was running in a different district — and now he’s using that money to run against popular Mike Honda!

Ro Khanna’s ideas are incredibly old. In criticizing the forward-looking progressive budget, he called for more “compromise and consensus” with House Republicans.

Has he been watching Congress lately? Does Ro Khanna actually believe the problem is that Democrats don’t compromise enough?

Mike Honda is right up there with Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson as a bold progressive who gets that the voice of the people has been lost — and yes, we need someone fighting for us.

Please pass this to every local voter you know because every vote counts on June 3.

And help Mike Honda win by donating $3 here and endorse him here.

PCCC Endorses Three Social Security Heroes From California For Congress

Mike Honda, Eloise Gomez Reyes and Michael EggmanCalling yourself a Democrat should mean something.

Progressive Congressman Mike Honda is facing a conservative primary challenger on June 3 who calls himself a Democrat — but is he really?

Honda’s opponent is open to cutting Social Security, wants more “consensus” with House Republicans, and opposes the progressive budget that would tax millionaires to invest in jobs and education!

He wrote: “U.S. Rep. Mike Honda…criticized the Republican budget and touted the alternatives offered by his Progressive Caucus. It’s time for a different approach in Washington that puts consensus and compromise ahead of demagoguery and division.”

Today, we officially endorse Mike Honda, Eloise Gomez Reyes, and Michael Eggman — three California progressives who need our help in key congressional races.

Eloise Gomez Reyes is the daughter of immigrant farmworkers who worked hard to build a life as a lawyer — and wants to make sure everyone has access to the American Dream. Her more conservative “Democratic” opponent supports the Simpson-Bowles plan to cut Social Security.

Michael Eggman grew up as an almond farmer and beekeeper, paid his way through college, and continues to run a successful farm. He is a progressive running against a vulnerable Republican incumbent who Democrats need to beat in order to take back the House. Due to unique California election rules, they will face off next month in a cross-partisan primary — and whomever comes out on top will have big momentum.

Congressman Mike Honda spent his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp before becoming a teacher and serving as one of the strongest progressives in Congress.

All three are in tight races for Congress in California. They understand the plight of hard-working people, and support investing in jobs, expanding Social Security benefits, and holding Wall Street accountable.

PCCC Launches NoSlowLane.com Pressuring Obama, FCC On Net Neutrality

On MTV in 2007, Joe Niederberger, a small business owner and former Internet engineer in New Jersey, asked Barack Obama a question about Net Neutrality. And he got a clear promise to protect Internet freedom. Now, that Internet freedom is under attack. Obama’s new FCC Chair – a cable industry lobbyist — threatens to break that promise.

Watch the video:

Go to NoSlowLane.com and sign Joe’s petition to public officials!

With America having some of the slowest, most expensive Internet access in the world, the FCC should be making the Internet better — not worse.

The new FCC Chair should carry out President Obama’s promise and support Net Neutrality. If he won’t, he should step down so the president can appoint someone who will stand up for Internet freedom and make the Internet better for all of us.

With Elizabeth Warren’s New Book, We’re Starting A Book Club!

A Fighting ChanceToday, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new book goes on sale.

She tells behind-the-scenes stories of her interactions with President Obama, top White House advisers, members of Congress, and Wall Street bankers.

In her book, Warren highlights the PCCC’s “Draft Warren for Senate” campaign. She also says this about our successful push to get her appointed to set up the consumer protection agency:

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), under the leadership of Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, organized a petition with the headline “Let Elizabeth Warren Police Wall Street” in 2010. At least thirteen senators signed on to the petition, and as of August 6, 2010, the petition had collected more than two hundred thousand signatures.

We’re launching a national progressive book club, starting with Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance. The senator will join us for a national conversation after we’ve read her book!

In 2012, PCCC members rallied around Elizabeth Warren’s economic populist message and we were her #1 grassroots supporter.

In 2014, we’ll help her rise to #1 on the best seller list. This will help Warren continue to change the national conversation and signal to all Democratic candidates in 2014 that adopting Warren’s economic populist message is the way to excite the public and win.

MORE EXCERPTS

Obama and Wall Street bailouts:

“The president chose his team, and when there was only so much time and so much money to go around, the president’s team chose Wall Street…The lost opportunity still makes me want to scream with frustration…Small business owners, homeowners, men and women whose jobs had disappeared: these weren’t numbers on the page, these were millions of people who lost everything.”

PCCC’s “Draft Warren for Senate” campaign:

“The Progressive Change Campaign Committee signed on early with the petition encouraging me to run, and they stayed with me every …

Think Millionaires Should Pay Their Fair Share? Progressive Candidates Go On Offense On Tax Day!

Patrick Hope IRS rallyCheck this out. This is a media report from a newspaper in Arlington, Virginia:

“One would expect that most demonstrations outside IRS headquarters in D.C. involve calls for lower taxes. This afternoon, however, congressional candidate Del. Patrick Hope (D) held a press conference outside the IRS to call for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.”

Around this time of year, the right tries to dominate the news with an anti-government message. But not this year. PCCC co-founder Adam Green announced on MSNBC that progressives are fighting back:

“This week as Paul Ryan is talking about lowering taxes on millionaires, and cutting corporate tax rates, and cutting programs that would benefit jobs and education, we have progressive candidates across the country who are actively saying let’s have millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share so that we can fund massive jobs and education programs.”

At media events across the nation, progressive candidates for Congress went on offense — delivering 36,000 petitions and calling on their opponents to support requiring millionaires to pay their fair share in taxes in order to invest in education and jobs. And their efforts paid off. Progressive candidates generated local and national news — changing the conversation around Tax Day.

Then, six of these candidates joined the PCCC for a Tax Day national media call with Rep. Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus in Congress to lay out a progressive vision for the country. Click here to listen!

We also made news in the Washington Post, the LA Times, Politico, NBC, and local papers from Maine to Wisconsin.

Imagine having these people in Congress!

Will you donate $1 each to reward these 11 progressive candidates for their boldness? Click here.

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