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Wall Street Denied DCCC Chairmanship

Since the election, the PCCC has been telling Democrats to run on Elizabeth Warren's bold agenda of big, popular ideas like Wall Street reform.

When rumors swirled around Washington D.C. last week that Nancy Pelosi might nominate former Goldman Sachs executive Jim Himes to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- the PCCC got alarmed.

Like the PCCC, the DCCC recruits Democrats to run for Congress. Unlike the PCCC, they don't always choose progressive candidates. Having the DCCC chaired by a banker who Businessweek called "Wall Street's Favorite Democrat" would have been disastrous for progressives and hurt Democrats' chances of winning back the majority in 2016.

That's why PCCC members took immediate action to head off Jim Himes' appointment -- calling Nancy Pelosi's office, sending her tweets and, in the process, making headlines in Time Magazine, The Hill, Politico, The Associated Press, and more.

PCCC members calls and tweets made a difference!

Here's the statement PCCC co-founder Adam Green made when Pelosi announced that Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico will chair the DCCC:

We thank Leader Pelosi for not selecting Jim Himes to lead the DCCC -- thereby rejecting the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party. In order to win key House races, Democrats must run on big, bold, populist ideas like those championed by Elizabeth Warren. This means recruiting economic populist candidates -- especially in red and purple states -- and working with them to integrate a populist vision into their campaign messaging. The PCCC will be doing this, and we hope to partner with Rep. Ben Ray Luján and others to achieve success in 2016.

To see the difference this will make, read the statement Rep. Luján made when the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill was signed into ...

How to Win Like Elizabeth Warren

The op-ed below appeared in The Nation on Nov. 19.

From the rubble of the 2014 election, a conversation has started about the future of the Democratic Party. Senator Elizabeth Warren is central to that conversation.

This week, we learned that Warren will be joining the Senate Democratic leadership as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. In this role — created specifically for her — she will help craft the party’s policies and priorities as well as serve as a liaison to progressive groups.

While there is some skepticism about the idea of a "liaison" to base Democratic voters, there is largely agreement that it is a good thing for the Democratic Party to follow her political footsteps. After all, she's adored by big swaths of the Democratic electorate and the public at large. On the campaign trail this fall, she was welcomed with open arms in Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan, and other reddish-purple states, drawing overflow crowds cheering on her message of tougher Wall Street regulation and kinder policies for working people.

But what is it that works about her? What is her special sauce? Other Democratic and progressive candidates ask me all the time how they can capture the intangible "it," that Warren magic. Below, I've dissected her tactics and her policies, which are one and the same, to help candidates better understand how to tread her path.

Take, for example, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); the idea that students should be able to borrow money for school at the same interest rate as banks can borrow money from the federal government; and the idea of adding basic banking — check-cashing, bill-paying, and small loans — to post office locations.

These proposals have a number of things in common. What’s Warren’s ...

BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren in Senate Leadership!

The Huffington Post reports:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday [...] Warren's role, which is a new position created specifically for her, will be in crafting the party's messaging and policy.

This is a good reminder that when PCCC members invest early in progressive leaders, it's not just about winning elections in the short term -- it's about building power over time.

As Elizabeth Warren advocates for big ideas like reforming Wall Street, making college affordable, and expanding Social Security benefits, her voice will now be even louder -- because she'll be at the Democratic leadership table.

Click here to sign a congratulations card to Elizabeth Warren (and add a personal note), which the PCCC will deliver to her.

The PCCC ran the "Draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate" campaign and was her #1 grassroots supporter in 2012 raising over $1.17 million through over 70,000 small-dollar donations for her campaign. The PCCC partnered with Warren on big legislative pushes in 2013 and 2014.

With this news, that partnership grows stronger -- and all of Elizabeth Warren's and the PCCC's work together has more impact.

Progressives' Route to Power Beyond 2014

PCCC_2014_report_image_v2Last Tuesday was not a repeat of 2012, when PCCC members helped elect 30 amazing candidates -- including Elizabeth Warren. It looked more like 2010. It was tough. It was disappointing.

Candidates who ran great campaigns -- and should have won -- lost in the Republican wave. Bold progressives achieved some important victories Election Night, and some were too close for comfort.

But progressives need to remember that we don't just work for one election, one candidate, or one party. The PCCC and its members work to build a movement, to build long-term progressive power.

The PCCC Post-Election Report outlines the huge investments made this election cycle that are now for the long term -- in future leaders, new technology, new best practices, and more member empowerment. All in addition to congressional victories. Check it out here.

In the days ahead, there will be a national conversation about the future direction of the Democratic Party -- and the progressive movement.

Frankly, Democrats did not have a united economic agenda in this election. There was a lack of big ideas. Some Democrats tried to sound like Republicans, and they lost.

Elizabeth Warren was the most popular Democrat on the campaign trail for a reason: Her message of taking on Wall Street, reducing student debt, and expanding Social Security benefits is popular everywhere -- red, purple, and blue states.

Moving forward, something needs to change. America needs a bigger politics.

Progressives won't win their own tidal wave elections unless they can build a movement around big ideas -- free college, full employment, Medicare for All, more Social Security -- and the candidates who campaign on those ideas. Elizabeth Warren is the best example. But there are thousands of others out there who believe in a more expansive vision of political ...

Route to power for Democrats: Big ideas

Democrats lost on Tuesday, as widely predicted. But for months, pundits got wrong what Democrats would need to win.

There was rumor that youth turnout, Latino turnout, and cutting-edge Get Out The Vote practices would tip the balance in close races. But when "close" elections are decided by 7 to 12 points, something much bigger is happening.

Pundits say President Obama was unpopular. Score one for the pundits. But the critical question is: Why was the president so unpopular?

Did voters not show up because of Syria, Obamacare, or Ebola? No.

Was President Obama proposing some big liberal idea, sparking backlash? No. It's hard to remember the last time the President offered a big idea.

Jobs and economic security are consistently the top issues voters say they care about in red, purple, and blue states. But Democrats did not have a united economic agenda in this election.

Voters did not wake up on Election Day thinking that their ability to have a job, have affordable college education, or to retire with security was at stake. It was a Seinfeld-ian election about nothing. And nothing does not inspire potential voters to vote. In the absence of big ideas, Democrats lost.

Harry Reid Talks Expanding Social Security for First Time

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a fundraising email to the PCCC's nearly 1 million members nationwide yesterday saying that a Senate Republican Majority would "hold our government hostage in order to pressure President Obama to swallow right-wing policies."

Sen. Reid urged PCCC members to support  Mark Udall (CO-Sen), Bruce Braley (IA-Sen), and Mark Begich (AK-Sen) to help Democrats keep the Senate and avoid a Republican Majority.

In addition to raising the prospect of impeachment in a Republican Senate, Reid spoke publicly about expanding Social Security benefits for the first time ever.

Check out Sen. Reid's email:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid
Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2014
Subject: I need these three

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Mary,

In 6 days, the fate of the final two years of the Obama administration will be determined.

Either House Speaker John Boehner and a new Senate Republican Majority hold our government hostage in order to pressure President Obama to swallow right-wing policies.

Or, we shock Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and many pundits like we did on Election Night 2012 -- and have a Democratic Senate that puts hard-working Americans first.

I need Mark Udall (Colorado), Bruce Braley (Iowa), and Mark Begich (Alaska) to win their elections. All three races are neck and neck.

If you want Democrats to keep our Senate majority, please donate $3 to their campaigns. Please do it right away.

Udall, Braley, and Begich stand with me in opposing cuts to Social Security. In the red state of Alaska, Begich is narrowly leading after campaigning to expand Social Security benefits.

Americans are struggling. They need a government that actually tries to solve problems.But Republicans have already shown they have zero interest.

Frankly, a Republican House and Senate could go beyond shutting down the government -- they could waste months of our lives on impeachment. And every month that goes by without solutions, struggling Americans are in pain.

Join me ...

PCCC Makes 2 Million Calls for "Elizabeth Warren Wing" Candidates Nationwide... And Still Going

cotv_2millionPCCC's Call Out the Vote program just blew past another huge milestone: 2 million calls to voters in key states and districts, so far in 2014.

With 12 days left until Election Day, the PCCC is on track pass its 2012 record of more than 2 million calls to voters on behalf of progressive candidates including over 574,000 calls for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In its first year of operation in 2010, COTV made over 1 million calls to voters. The PCCC is going big with the goal of achieving 4 million calls for top progressive candidates by Election Day.

PCCC members have contributed over $1.37 million through 179,000 donations to "Elizabeth Warren wing" candidates this cycle -- including over $338,000 through over 43,000 grassroots donation to majority makers Mark Udall, Bruce Braley, Rick Weiland, Al Franken, and Jeff Merkley.

"These are candidates who will fight to take on Wall Street, get Big Money out of politics, reduce student loan debt, and expand Social Security benefits," says Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder. "The PCCC's unique infrastructure is helping progressives win, and win progressively, with people-powered campaigns."

Members are pulling out all the stops to push progressives to victory on November 4. Check out the top candidates COTV is making calls for:

204,000+ calls for Paul Clements (MI-6)
187,000+ calls for progressive majority maker Rick Weiland (SD-Sen)
176,000+ calls for progressive majority maker Al Franken (MN-Sen)
170,000+ calls for Shenna Bellows (ME-Sen)
137,000+ calls for big progressive primary winner Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
91,000+ calls for Alan Grayson (FL-9)
46,000+ calls for progressive majority maker Jeff Merkley (OR-Sen)
40,000+ calls for progressive majority maker Bruce Braley (IA-Sen) 
40,000+ calls for progressive majority maker Mark Udall (CO-Sen)
26,000+ calls for big progressive primary winner Pat Murphy (IA-1)

We've shattered our 2012 record of 2 million calls, and we still have two weeks to go. Progressive candidates need your help! Here are some of the top progressive candidates that COTV is helping:

Rick Weiland in South ...

PCCC Floods Iowa: Nearly 24,000 Calls to Voters in a Single Day for Bruce Braley

We're pulling out all the stops for bold progressive Bruce Braley in Iowa, who is running one of the most closely-watched and tightest races in the country that could decide control of the Senate.

The latest poll shows Braley up by a single point.

According to PCCC co-founder, Stephanie Taylor, the path to winning the Senate runs through Iowa. And PCCC members are sparing no effort to help Bruce win.

In the last 24 hours, the PCCC's Call Out The Vote program has made 23,671 calls to voters in support of Braley. In total, the COTV program has made over 1.5 million phone calls to voters on behalf of bold progressive candidates across the country — including Senate candidates Mark Udall (CO), Rick Weiland (SD), Al Franken (MN), Jeff Merkley (OR), and others.

Our members have raised more than $69,000 for Braley from 10,470 grassroots donations across the country. The PCCC has raised more than $1.3 million for candidates this cycle from over 179,000 small-dollar donations.

The Iowa race could be decided by just a few hundred voters. PCCC is searching for every single vote, and we need your help to do it.

Can you sign up to call out the vote for progressive majority makers like Bruce Braley?

This Is Our Game Changer: Call Out The Vote For Progressive Candidates

With just under a month to go before November 4, let's talk about the centerpiece of our plan to win major progressive victories and keep a Democratic Senate.

It's the PCCC's cutting-edge Call Out The Vote program (COTV).

It has three parts:

Calls from the PCCC's Election Headquarters
National volunteers, calling from home (and house parties)
Local volunteers, calling from target districts

In 2010, we made 1 million calls. In 2012, we made 2 million.

In 2014, COTV has made over 1 million calls already, and we're going big with the goal of achieving 4 million calls for top progressive candidates by Election Day.

PCCC members have helped 5 Elizabeth Warren wing candidates defeat more conservative opponents in tough primary battles this cycle: Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Brian Schatz (HI-Sen), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Pat Murphy (IA-1).

Other incumbents and candidates PCCC members are helping across the finish line include Al Franken (MN-Sen), Jeff Merkley (OR-Sen), Rick Weiland (SD-Sen), Bruce Braley (IA-Sen), Shenna Bellows (ME-Sen), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1), Rick Nolan (MN-8), Alan Grayson (FL-8), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Michael Eggman (CA-10), and Kelly Westlund (WI-7).

PCCC volunteers made over 574,000 calls for Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Our COTV program is the single-most effective tool we have in an election year.

It's how we make people power match and surpass corporate power in elections. The Super PACs and the Koch brothers can't do this -- only we can.

The reason it's so effective is that with our new dialing technology, we can contact a ton of voters in a very short amount of time. We've nearly doubled the amount of contacts we can make compared with past elections.

It really is that much of a game changer. But don't take our word for it. Here's what big primary winners and bold progressives elected to Congress ...

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.

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