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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: POLITICAL BLOTTER: CA17: PCCC aids Honda, Newsom aids Khanna

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., sent an email to PCCC members – about a million nationwide, including about 125,000 in California – urging them to donate money to or make phone calls for Honda’s campaign. PCCC also is adding Honda to its “Call Out The Vote” program, mobilizing calls to voters from its national election headquarters and volunteers across the country on his behalf.

PCCC spokeswoman Laura Friedenbach said Friday that helping Honda win is a no-brainer for her group, especially since Khanna sent out a mailer blasting Honda as being too liberal.

“Khanna can’t seem to decide what party he sides with, but he’s made one thing clear: He’s not on the side of progressives,” she said. “This race is center stage in a national battle taking place between corporate Democrats and Elizabeth Warren wing Democrats for the soul of the Democratic Party.”

MSNBC: Hillary Clinton: I’m with Elizabeth Warren

The former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate reached out a hand to the restive base of her party by wrapping her arms around Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a speech in Boston Friday where the two politicians shared a sage.

“As Hillary Clinton strikes a populist tone and people speculate about Elizabeth Warren’s plans, one thing remains clear: Warren’s economic populist message resonates with voters of all stripes, and her agenda offers a pathway to success for Democrats in 2014 and 2016 – if they choose to take it. That’s why Warren is the most sought after campaigner for Democrats across the country this year,” said Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which was an early support of Warren’s.

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Is liberal favorite Elizabeth Warren open to 2016 presidential run?

Much to the disappointment of her ardent fans, Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly, emphatically and in no uncertain terms said she is not running for president in 2016.

Or is she?

The senator’s office in Washington had no immediate response, but Warren enthusiasts most certainly did, seeing it as just the opening needed to propel her possible candidacy.

“Her economist populist message resonates with voters of all stripes, and her agenda offers a pathway to success for Democrats,” said Adam Green, co-founder Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which supports like-minded candidates.

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS: The Influencers 50

Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder — The Progressive Change Campaign Committee knows how to make noise in Democratic circles, and more importantly it knows how to rake in the dollars online. A longtime labor organizer, Taylor co-founded the PCCC alongside Adam Green in 2009, and has been applying data and technology to the committee’s outreach efforts ever since. While the PCCC may be a thorn in the side of some moderate Democratic candidates, and even some Washington-based Democratic groups, there’s no denying the group’s following and impact among progressives, and that influence is expanding in Washington. The group played a leading role in generating grassroots support and money for now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.

POLITICO: MORNING SCORE: First in Score: Progressive group hails 2 millionth call

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced this morning that it’s crossed the 2 million phone call threshold in its question to elect lawmakers who will align with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The group, which has raised nearly $1.4 million this cycle for Democrats, said it’s made more than 204,000 calls for Paul Clements in MI-06, 187,000 for South Dakota Democratic Senate nominee Rick Weiland and 176,000 for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, among others. It’s also putting resources and muscle behind Democratic nominees in Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota.

BOSTON HERALD: Warren cracks open door on White House run

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared to crack open the door to a potential presidential run after months of tamping down speculation on White House ambitions, telling People magazine that she’s learned to not “be so sure about what lies ahead.”

[...] “People want to know about Elizabeth Warren’s plans for the same reason she is the most sought after campaigner for Democrats across the country,” Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “If Democrats lose next month, it will be because they failed to heed Warren’s example early enough in the campaign. … Warren’s populist message is what excites voters.”

BUSINESS INSIDER: Some Democrats Think The ‘Warren Wing’ Of The Party Can Save Them From An Election Day Disaster

Most pollsters predict the Democrats will lose their Senate majority in next month’s midterm elections, but the Progressive Change Campaign Committee thinks they have a strategy to avoid this outcome, and it involves what they call the “Warren wing” of the party.

PCCC and MayDay PAC have poured over $2 million into this year’s Senate races in order to build a “firewall” around a group of Democrats they see as staunch liberals and economic populists in the mold of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). The two groups are separate entities. PCCC is focused on promoting a progressive political agenda, while MayDay, which was founded by Harvard Law School professor and activist Lawrence Lessig, is dedicated to campaign finance reform. However, MayDay recruited the PCCC’s independent expenditure team to manage several of its efforts this cycle and, in those races, the PAC’s efforts are clearly aiding the “Warren wing” strategy.

BLOOMBERG: Larry Lessig’s PAC is Putting Even More Money into South Dakota

Mayday is responding with even more money. As of this morning it’s upping its investment from $1 million to $1.25 million.

The straight-to-camera testimonial should be familiar to anyone who watches Mayday and its South Dakota partner, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. As Noam Scheiber explained last week, “PCCC insists on ads featuring local voters — often Republicans — which it unearths from its list of nearly one million members, distributed across every congressional district in the country.” It supplements this with direct outreach to its members, which MoveOn is also doing in South Dakota, in a race that’s unlikely to see more than 350,000 total votes cast.

THE DAILY BEAST: There’s a Senate Civil War Coming, No Matter Who Wins in November

Few progressives look forward to the prospect of a smaller Democratic caucus, especially one that loses the majority. But if there is a silver lining for activists, it will be that the candidates likely to win this November are those who have adopted a muscular, Elizabeth Warren-inspired approach; those who clung to muddled centrism will likely have lost.

“This year could show the Democratic Party that progressive populism is where the country is right now,” said T.J. Helmstetter, a spokesman for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has worked to fortify the campaigns of those lawmakers who represent what it calls “the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.”

“That is going to be the lesson coming out of these elections: that this message doesn’t just work for America, it works for the Democratic Party,” Helmstetter said.

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS: Obama-style modeling down the ballot

Our modeling of the district and our polling clearly showed a path to victory as long as we stayed focused and disciplined with our message and communications universe. This gave our communication team, headed by Darcy, a former staffer of Gov. Jon Corzine (D), the ammunition it needed to chip away at the media’s perceived view of the race. It also helped to bring early support from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Laborers International Union, critical early endorsers of the campaign, and to drive the all-important fundraising effort as more and more people came to believe that Watson Coleman could win.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Elizabeth Warren nod could prove critical as Democrats eye 2016

While it’s not yet clear if the progressive wing of the party will rally around one left-wing figure who could serve as the anti-Hillary candidate, liberal leaders believe a successful Democratic candidate must embrace Ms. Warren’s message.

“An economic populist tide is sweeping the country, and by 2016 every presidential candidate will need to say whether they agree with Warren on key issues like taking on Wall Street, expanding Social Security benefits, and reducing student loan debt,” said Laura Friedenbach, spokesperson for the increasingly powerful Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: How ActBlue Became a Powerful Force in Fund-Raising

ActBlue’s roots lie in the fund-raising strategies employed by Howard Dean in the 2004 presidential campaign. And in its early years the site often was used by candidates and committees using the “progressive” label. One of its heaviest users has been the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has backed more liberal Democrats such as Bill Halter, who mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas in 2010, and Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator. The committee has pulled in more than $3.2 million this year via ActBlue donors.

THE NEW REPUBLIC: The Senate May Be at Stake in South Dakota. Oh, and the future of progressive politics, too

When Lessig launched Mayday, the consultants he envisioned employing were the sort of high-priced Washington hands who cut issue ads for billionaires on behalf of their pet candidates. In the months since then, however, Mayday’s understanding of “bad-ass campaign shops” has evolved. Mayday has now essentially outsourced oversight of the $1 million it’s investing in South Dakota, as well as $3 million in other races, to a nonprofit grassroots outfit called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), which styles itself in opposition to the professional consultant class.

The typical media consultant takes a 15 percent commission out of any media buy a campaign makes—potentially millions of dollars in a statewide race. Right off the bat, PCCC negotiated a zero-commission deal with the three ad consultants it retained. (They will receive a flat fee instead.) The typical consultant tends to favor slick, highly-produced ads. PCCC insists on ads featuring local voters—often Republicans—which it unearths from its list of nearly one million members, distributed across every congressional district in the country. The typical campaign uses some combination of paid staff, robots, and volunteers to encourage voters to turn up on Election Day, but it keeps their efforts separate, and the campaigns often lack a critical mass of volunteers needed to make calls efficiently. PCCC, using its “Call Out the Vote” program, can seamlessly supplement the campaigns’ own efforts with calls from the humans on its membership list, providing that critical mass continuously. And because the list is so extensive, it can make calls at enormous volume in a very short period of time. It recently placed 23,000 get-out-the-vote calls in a single night in Minnesota, a scale the typical statewide campaign often achieves in a week.

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama Finally Delivers a Campaign Message. Is It too Late?

For six months, frustrated White House aides have been promising that President Obama would do more than just raise money for embattled Democratic candidates, that he would set out a message that could carry those candidates to the finish line Nov. 4th. On Thursday, he finally did that with a speech at Northwestern University that offered a stout defense of his record and tried to chart an economic course forward.

Coming only 33 days before Election Day and long after the dynamic has been set in most of the contested races, it may prove ineffective, particularly if the president does not follow through and repeat his message in the days ahead. Indeed, Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee warned Thursday that it is “possibly too little too late for Democrats on the ballot who would have benefited from a strong economic populist message all year long.” Green has long championed a more aggressive stance by Obama and calls economic populism “a political winner.”

POLITICO: MORNING SCORE: Progressives rally behind Merkley to create “firewall” for Warren

A progressive group aligned with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has outlined a plan to build a “firewall” around Warren’s staunchest allies running for Senate in 2014. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has raised more than $163,000 to support Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), lawmakers the group contends are critical to preserving Warrens’ populist vision. PCCC will officially endorse Merkley today, and it’s already raised nearly $70,000 for him.

“Jeff Merkley is one of the boldest leaders in the Senate because he isn’t afraid to take on the big fights like breaking up the big banks, expanding Social Security benefits, defending our privacy, and fighting to ensure Senate rules represent the will of the people,” said the group’s cofounder, Stephanie Taylor, in a statement.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: Progressive Change Campaign Committee backs Merkley

A group aligning itself with Elizabeth Warren is endorsing and raising money for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, whose election in 2008 predates Warren’s to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee says it has 21,709 Oregon members and nearly 1 million nationally. It has launched a national fundraising appeal, and says it has collected $69,400 for Merkley from 7,260 mostly small donors in Oregon.

Like Warren, Merkley has taken on Wall Street, and championed the creation of a Consumer Finance Protection Bureau that Warren proposed as part of 2010 legislation overhauling the financial system.

WASHINGTON POST: MORNING PLUM: Big money influence as long-term issue

Progressive groups such as the PCCC and 350 Action are pushing House GOP energy chair Fred Upton to contribute cash raised from energy interests to a fund for cleaning up a gas line rupture in Michigan. The challenge for liberals: To push big money’s influence on to the national agenda — see the attacks on the Kochs — at a time when action by Congress is hopeless and SCOTUS is dismantling protections.

THE HILL: Activists, whistleblowers, PCCC blast Senate NSA reform bill

Progressive groups, transparency advocates and the whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers are coming out strongly against a Senate bill to reform the National Security Agency (NSA), arguing the reforms it contains are inadequate.

“Our fundamental civil rights — the human rights we hold dear — are not adequately protected by either the Senate or House versions of the USA Freedom Act,” wrote the groups and individuals, including the Sunlight Foundation, Credo Action, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Daniel Ellsberg and Thomas Drake.

LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: Teachout’s strong showing upstate

Candidate for New York Governor Zephyr Teachout called the Albany results “extraordinary,” and said they were reflective of the strengths of unions, specifically the Public Employees Federation, the white-collar government employee union that endorsed Teachout.

Teachout also thanked the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the National Organization for Women and the Sierra Club, who all endorsed her.

THE NATION: Meet ‘the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party’

This developing movement, now often referred to as “the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party” (a variation on the late Senator Paul Wellstone’s declaration, “I’m from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party”), is focused on many of the issues that Warren raised in her electrifying July speech at Netroots Nation, where she vowed to fight for wage hikes, fair trade, pay equity, affordable education, and ironclad protections for Social Security and Medicare. “This is a fight over economics, a fight over privilege, a fight over power,” the Massachusetts senator said. “But deep down, it is a fight over values. These…are progressive values. These are America’s values. And these are the values we are willing to fight for.

Many of these candidates identify as “bold progressives,” borrowing a phrase from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Along with groups like Democracy for America and Progressive Democrats of America, which have formed over the past decade to push the party to the left, the PCCC argues that Democrats can’t win by proposing to be kinder, gentler Republicans. While there’s a general acceptance that support for reproductive rights and marriage equality benefits Democratic candidates in much of the country, the PCCC argues that this appeal can be strengthened and expanded with economic-populist stances. The PCCC doesn’t just defend Social Security; it backs candidates like Coleman who propose to expand it. And when “Third Way” centrists grumble that Warren and her allies are engaging in a risky politics, the PCCC counters with polling numbers that show compromising on economic issues is the real risk, since it blurs the distinctions between the two parties.

THE HILL: Senate advances constitutional amendment on campaign spending limits

The Senate advanced a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending after Republicans opted to back proceeding to debate on the measure.

Democratic political groups, such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), pushed hard for a vote, saying the issue motivates Democrats to go out to the polls.

“Citizens United gives corporate special interests the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is up for reelection this November. “It’s wrong and I’ve been fighting it since the day the Supreme Court announced its egregious decision.”

FISCAL TIMES: Social Security Push Helps Schatz Take Hawaii Primary

Progressive Democrats had reason to celebrate Sen. Brian Schatz’s victory over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa late last week in Hawaii’s hurricane-delayed Democratic Senate primary: Schatz is one of a few prominent candidates nationally to call for a major expansion of Social Security benefits.

“This is a huge victory for the populist Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics, and a big blow to the corporate win,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political advocacy group that strongly backed Schatz’s primary campaign. “Brian Schatz won by campaigning on a bold platform of expanding Social Security benefits.”

PCCC members contributed over $73,000 to Schatz’s campaign, and the organization ran online ads in the final days of the election that stressed the stakes for Social Security, according to a spokesperson.

MSNBC: After storm, bitter Democratic primary in Hawaii heads toward finish

Hawaii has lately not been much of a paradise for Democrats, who are divided against each other in a Senate primary that still isn’t decided almost a week after Election Day.

The race, between incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz and a sitting member of Congress, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, has split Democrats in Washington and Hawaii.

“There is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party taking place between the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party and the corporate wing of the Party,” said Laura Friedenbach of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which endorsed Schatz and has run ads supporting him.

“The contrast is clear: Brian Schatz was one of the first U.S. Senators to support legislation to expand Social Security benefits, and his opponent Colleen Hanabusa voted for the Simpson-Bowles plan to cut Social Security benefits,” Friedenbach added.

TALKING POINTS MEMO: Liberal Group Launches ‘Overtime’ Fundraising Drive For Brian Schatz

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched an “overtime” fundraising effort on Monday to help Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz defeat Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the bitter Democratic primary, which is still too close to call.

Voters cast their ballots on Saturday, and as of Sunday afternoon Schatz was leading by less than 1,700 votes; over 230,000 were cast, according to the Washington Post. Due to a tropical storm, not all votes were counted, and the election was postponed in two districts in the Puna region which have about 8,000 voters, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat.

“The funds will go straight to the Schatz campaign to fund their grassroots efforts in those precincts,” said Laura Friedenbach, a PCCC spokeswoman.

The PCCC, which says it has already raised $67,000 for Schatz’s campaign, told supporters that ensuring Schatz’s victory was important for the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the Democratic party.

BUSINESS INSIDER: NY Gubernatorial Primary Candidate Zephyr Teachout Gets First National Endorsement From The PCCC

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) officially endorsed outsider New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday in her Democratic primary battle against incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. PCCC is the first national fundraising organization to publicly back Teachout.

The group’s co-founder Stephanie Taylor sent an email to her membership Tuesday that referenced a growing scandal over Gov. Cuomo’s alleged interference with an anti-corruption commission. Taylor also characterized Cuomo as a “corporate Democrat serving big-money donors.”

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of the worst corporate Democrats in America, is caught up in an ethics scandal — and now, a cover-up,” Taylor wrote.

The email memo referred to Zephyr Teachout as “one of the most wonderful progressive thinkers, organizers, and advocates in America.”

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