SKILLSMAG: Using the cloud to help progressive congressional candidates and fight for Net Neutrality

Being able to downscale after a campaign ends can be equally important in terms of cost-effectiveness. And when it comes to upscaling and downscaling quickly, the Cloud is the obvious way to go.

That is what the people at Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) have been working on.

This past year, PCCC has built a software tool called PIES to help candidates run their campaigns according to best practices and without wasting time or money. Candidates can track their fundraising efforts, campaign events and get-out-the-vote progress, launch a campaign website in minutes, collect signatures and endorsements, and engage their supporters with an easy-to-use email blaster. This cycle, 150 candidates used the beta version of PIES to manage their campaigns at the federal, state, and local level.

CNN: Warren finds 2014's silver lining for Democrats

Democrats lost big on Election Night in 2014, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts argued Wednesday that some of the results were positive for the liberal wing of her party.

"Here is the second piece of really good news, we know what to do and the American people get it. They are ready," Warren said at the Center for American Progress "Making Progress" policy conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. She then launched into a portion of her speech about how some post-election polls found that battle ground voters stood closer to Democrats on certain issues.

Liberal groups have also argued that the 2014 election proved that liberal Democratic policies, like those Warren championed on Wednesday, are the future of the party.

"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," wrote Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, heads of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in an opinion-editorial for The Hill. "Focusing on big ideas is the path forward for progressives and Democrats. The Warren wing of American politics is ready to lead."

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Jim Himes Says Wall Street Ties Prevented Him From Leading Democratic Campaign Committee

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) believes that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) passed him over as the next head of House Democratic campaign efforts because of his ties to the financial services industry.

Though Pelosi didn't choose Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) to chair the DCCC, as had urged her to do, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which had called on her to not appoint Himes, celebrated her pick.

"In not selecting Jim Himes to lead the DCCC, Nancy Pelosi rejected the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party," PCCC co-founder Adam Green said.

The congressman, who has taken more in campaign donations from the investment industry than any other field, has defended his record by citing his work on the Dodd-Frank bill and says he has been a staunch defender of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Liberals oppose Himes in House Democratic race

Fresh off his election to a fourth term, Rep. Jim Himes faced opposition from liberals in his own party who lobbied against the former Goldman Sachs banker in a race for a Democratic leadership post in the House of Representatives.

Himes, who represents Connecticut's Gold Coast that includes Wall Street workers and an outsized Republican electorate in an otherwise heavily Democratic state, drew fire from liberals contrasting him against populist Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said Warren, who has made opposition to Wall Street excesses her signature political issue, is establishing a populist and winning stance for the Democratic Party.
"Jim Himes would be pushing in an opposite direction," he said.

The progressive group sent an email that urged recipients to call House minority leader Nancy Pelosi "and tell her that appointing a Wall Street banker who opposes Wall Street bashing is a losing strategy for Democrats."

CONNECTICUT POST: Himes: Wall Street ties likely cost him leadership post

Wall Street is indeed a one-way street for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn. and not just on maps.

Adept at mining campaign cash for House Democrats from the financial services industry, which he once worked in as a Goldman Sachs executive, Himes said Tuesday that those very same connections likely factored into his getting passed over for his caucus' top political leadership post.

A request for comment was left Tuesday for Pelosi, who also bypassed the candidates suggested by the liberal PAC, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- Reps. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Jared Polis, D-Col.

Still the committee's co-founder applauded the snub of Himes.

"In not selecting Jim Himes to lead the DCCC, Nancy Pelosi rejected the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party," Adam Green said. "Appointing a Goldman Sachs banker to lead the DCCC would be marching House Democrats in the exact opposite direction they need to go in order to win. An economic populist agenda consisting of bold ideas -- like breaking up `too big to fail' banks and jailing Wall Street bankers who broke the law -- is wildly popular in red, purple, and blue states."

DANBURY NEWS-TIMES: CT POLITICS: Himes not tapped for senior party position in House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday appointed Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Party wing devoted to electing Democrats to the House in 2016.

Himes had been careful not to openly campaign for the post but made little secret of his interest in winning the appointment. Himes’ spokesman, Greg Vadala, said last week that Himes “understands what it takes to run and win competitive races’’ and “would be honored to be considered.’’

A liberal group, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, last week called on Pelosi not to appoint Himes, saying the former Goldman, Sachs executive who represents most of Fairfield County was too cozy with Wall Street. Himes is sensitive to the charge and his spokesman, Vadala, pointed out that Himes sponsored the provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that placed a measure of control over the high-flying derivatives market.

THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN: Pelosi picks Luján to head House Democrats’ political wing

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Santa Fe will chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political wing of the House Democrats.

A liberal activist group called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee praised Pelosi’s decision — but mostly for not choosing another Congressman who was interested in the job, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut.

“We thank Leader Pelosi for not selecting Jim Himes to lead the DCCC — thereby rejecting the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party,” the group’s co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. “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.”

TIME: Nancy Pelosi Backs New Mexico Rep. For DCCC Chairman Role

Nancy Pelosi said Monday she wants Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The House Minority Leader called the New Mexico Democrat a “dynamic and forward-thinking leader” who would be ideal for the role of recruiting and supporting candidates going into the 2016 election.

The news of Pelosi’s support for Lujan ahead of Tuesday’s vote the position comes in the wake of mounting pressure from progressives to reject Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, who was also in the running for the top spot at the DCCC. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee blasted Himes as a “Wall Street Democrat” who would “hurt Democratic chances in 2016.”

THE HILL: Progressives' answer to 2014 midterm election results? Be more liberal

“The reason Democrats lost in 2014 was that there was not a united and bold Democratic economic vision, it was very much an election about nothing, in some cases, small-bore or conservative ideas,” Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, told The Hill.

“The real issue is that the Democratic Party has not painted a picture in people’s minds of what a bold, populist Democratic governing agenda looks like.”

Green and his co-founder, Stephanie Taylor, wrote in an op-ed days after the electoral rout that the party needs to coalesce an agenda that aggressively trumpets issue like Wall Street reform, cutting the cost of college and student loans, and expanding Medicare and Social Security. They pointed out that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat beloved by their organization, was popular on the stump for many embattled Democrats because she touts that message.

THE HILL: Liberals buoyed by Warren’s promotion

Liberals have high hopes that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) promotion to Democratic leadership will give them more sway in the next Congress.

TJ Helmstetter, director of candidate communications support at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), said Warren's message "is exactly the direction the party needs to take in order to win again.”

"Warren's appointment to Senate leadership is a reflection of the leadership she already exerts among the party faithful," Helmstetter said. "No matter who runs for president in 2016, they'll need to adopt Elizabeth Warren's economic populist agenda of big, bold ideas in order to excite voters and win."

BLOOMBERG: Should Democrats Obstruct or Compromise?

To obstruct or not? It's the question churning inside the Democratic Party after its historic Senate losses a week ago. Add to that a secondary one: Just how much legitimate, ideological resistance to Republican proposals will voters tolerate?

"The reason for Democrats to filibuster isn't obstruction for its own sake. It's to stick up for millions of everyday people who will be harmed by right-wing politics," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. His sinking fear is that Democrats will play it too safe and lose anyway. "Is the theory about winning in 2016 that passing Republican bills that hurt Americans will do it?"

While progressive activists praised Democrats' move to elevate Warren, they are fretting over how the leadership will respond when faced with Republican legislation they oppose on taxes, health care, Social Security and the environment. "The reason voters didn't vote was because Democrats didn't stand for a big, bold, populist agenda like the one Elizabeth Warren is pushing Democrats to adopt," Green said.

"There is some tension," he added. "The large majority of the Democratic caucus agrees we need to fight but there are certainly some that crazily believe voters want Washington to pass something—anything—even if it means cutting Social Security for Grandma."

MOTHER JONES: Al Franken Was Liberal Enough, Tough Enough, and Doggone It, People Reelected Him

Instead of running away from the progressive accomplishments of the Obama era, he embraced them, railing against bankers, advocating for student loan reform—even defending the Affordable Care Act. Franken ran as an Elizabeth Warren-style Democrat, running a populist campaign that didn't shirk discussion of the specific policies Democrats could pursue to help the middle class. And voters rewarded him. "This wasn't a safe seat," Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in an e-mail. "He earned his victory by being a proud populist Democrat for six years and inspiring voters."

THE HILL: Top progressive group comes out against Himes as DCCC chair

A major progressive group is hoping to pressure House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against appointing a congressman close to Wall Street as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) sent an email to more than a million members on Thursday, urging them to “call Nancy Pelosi right now and tell her Jim Himes appointment would hurt Democratic chances in 2016.”

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee email was sent following victory for the liberal base. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate leadership on Thursday and will act as a liaison between Democrats and the party base. Warren has aggressively pursued tighter regulations on large banks.

THE ATLANTIC: Elevating Elizabeth Warren

The news that Senate Democrats are adding Elizabeth Warren to their leadership team raises an important question about the trajectory of the party's most popular figure not named Hillary Clinton: Will she be co-opted by the establishment?

For the moment, Warren's progressive fans are ecstatic over her promotion, symbolic or not. "There's really not much of a downside. We're pretty psyched," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which led a Draft Warren for Senate effort in 2012. Green argued that Warren's elevation was a sign that her liberal agenda was winning the battle for the future of the Democratic Party. "It's a huge imperative for progressives and a political imperative for Democrats to remold the party in Elizabeth Warren's image," he said.

As for whether Warren would have to become a saleswoman for policies she may not support, Green said he was unconcerned. "Elizabeth Warren has kept it real since entering the Senate," he said. Added influence, even in the unpopular halls of official Washington, remains important. "The whole point of pressuring from the outside is to change what happens on the inside," Green said.

THE NATION: Breaking: Elizabeth Warren Elected to Senate Leadership Post

Senator Elizabeth Warren will be part of the Democrats' leadership team in the Senate, the party decided on Thursday morning. At the urging of Majority Leader Harry Reid, a new position was created for Warren: strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a major Warren backer, immediately sent a triumphant e-mail blast to one million PCCC members, declaring that "This is a good reminder that when we invest early in progressive leaders, it's not just about winning elections in the short term -- it's about building power over time."

POLITICO: Hillary Clinton left out by liberal donor club

Vice President Joe Biden will join Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other leading progressives in addressing a closed-door gathering of elite liberal donors — a roster of speakers that notably doesn’t include Hillary Clinton.

“Ideas are what inspires many of these donors — big, positive ideas like those that Elizabeth Warren is advocating,” said liberal operative Adam Green, who plans to attend the conference. The group he co-founded, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, worked to draft Warren into her 2012 Senate race, and it is among the second tier of groups that the Democracy Alliance recommends its donors support. “My guess is there will be a big appetite among progressive donors to champion bigger and bolder ideas than the current White House is championing,” said Green, citing Warren’s support for making college more affordable, tightening financial regulations and expanding Social Security.

THE HILL: Obama veers left after red wave

The moves are helping to rally a dispirited Democratic base while re-establishing Obama’s political leadership after he was sidelined during the midterms.

Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said the efforts on net neutrality and climate were “great news, and the kind of big ideas that America needs — and that voters need to associate with Democrats.”

But, Green argued, Obama needs to keep his foot on the accelerator, fighting for additional “bold ideas” championed by progressives like expanding Social Security benefits, taking on Wall Street and making college more affordable.

THE CONNECTICUT MIRROR: Progressive group says Himes too close to Wall Street to head DCCC

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is asking its members to lobby House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi against choosing Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, as the next head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Why does the group, which backs progressive members like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., oppose appointing Himes as DCCC chairman?

Because they see Himes as too sympathetic to Wall Street.

In a blast e-mail, the group cited a Businessweek article that said, “Wall Street doesn't have many friends in Washington these days—especially among Democrats on Capitol Hill. There is one House Democrat who's shown some sympathy for Wall Street: Jim Himes. A former Goldman Sachs (GS) investment banker . . . he isn't shy about defending the industry or decrying Wall Street bashing.”

MIC.COM: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Are Already Making Hillary Clinton Nervous

MSNBC reported that Clinton and her team have scheduled an unlikely powwow with leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the small Democratic group most strongly aligned with Warren and the populist economic agenda championed by Sanders.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founders Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor are among them. They sent a message to Democrats after the midterms, scolding the party for engaging in a "Seinfeld-ian election about nothing" and declaring that "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."

Because when the real campaign begins, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Warren and Sanders will all be there. Sanders is the most likely to actually run against her, and the Warren faction is a necessary ally in winning the Democratic primary.

THE HILL: Clinton camp courts progressive groups

Advisers to Hillary Clinton and a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) are planning a meeting, according to the group, which is an enthusiastic backer of the ideas of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

PCCC co-founder Adam Green told MSNBC, which first reported the plans for the meeting, that the group talked to Clinton's camp and a meeting is coming "very soon."

He did not say which advisers he is meeting with. He also encouraged other liberal groups to get involved, telling MSNBC, “Individual meetings are useful, but progressive movement-wide meetings would be really smart for her.”

The PCCC and other liberal groups could encourage Clinton to increase her populist messaging, similar to Warren.

"Hillary Clinton may be realizing that Elizabeth Warren's economic populist positions are the path to electoral success in 2016," PCCC's Green said in a statement after Clinton praised Warren at an event in Boston last month. "Both in the primary and general election."

MSNBC: Clinton camp to meet with progressive critics

Hillary’s critics on the left may finally have the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, one of the groups most closely associated with the so-called “Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” said his organization reached out to Clinton’s camp before the election and that a meeting was “very soon.”

He declined to name the Clinton advisers with whom he’s been in contact, saying discussions have so far been limited to “conversations about having conversations.” “We want to keep as open a line of communication with Hillary Clinton and her team as possible,” he told msnbc.

The meeting will hopefully be a precursor to a larger summit with more progressive leaders and Clinton herself. “The more the merrier,” Green said. “Individual meetings are useful, but progressive movement-wide meetings would be really smart for her.”

Their message is that Clinton should adopt the kind of economic inequality issues championed by Warren, both for substantive and political reasons. “This is the path to victory in the primary and general election,” Green and co-founder Stephanie Taylor wrote in an op-ed in The Hill.

THE REGISTER: Obama hurls FCC under train, gutpunches ISPs in net neut battle

Obama's statement came right in the middle of a flurry of meetings the FCC is having this week with all parties in an effort to find a solution. One of these groups, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), was behind a 120,000-person petition in support of net neutrality, and was also happy with the news: "White House support for reclassifying the Internet as a public utility is great news, and the kind of bold executive action that America needs," it said in a statement.

Both the EFF and PCCC noted, however, that despite the strong views put forward by the President, it is the FCC that will decide. "The fight isn't over yet," the EFF pledged, "we still need to persuade the FCC to join him."

USA TODAY: Q&A: Net neutrality — what is at stake?

In its January ruling, the court said the FCC can regulate Internet providers if the agency reclassifies them as "common carriers" — private companies that sell their services to all consumers without discrimination, like utilities, rather than tailoring their rates for different types of consumers.

Back in 2010, when it crafted the open Internet rules, the FCC chose not to invoke this option — calling broadband "telecommunications services" under Title II of The Telecommunications Act — because it wanted to refrain from overly regulating the Internet. Chairman Wheeler has said "I won't hesitate to use Title II," but says that another shot at rule-making would be faster and avoid litigation.

Some net neutrality supporters, including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and its campaign, have latched onto the idea of treating the net "like water." On Wednesday, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., joined that movement, writing to Wheeler that "this approach will allow the FCC to get the policy right and avoid the need to water down essential open Internet protections out of a concern about inadequate authority."

BROADCASTING & CABLE: Stakeholders Weigh In on President's Title II Stand

Reaction was swift Monday to the President's call for reclassifying Internet Access under Title II.

CTIA – The Wireless Association called it a "gross overreaction," Verizon called it a "gratuitous" and "radical" reversal, while Title II proponents were celebrating.

"White House support for reclassifying the Internet as a public utility is great news, and the kind of bold executive action that America needs," said the Progressive Change Campaign. "In the wake of the 2014 elections, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is calling for a Democratic Party of 'big ideas,' and this is a great example of what that means -- aggressive, creative ways to level the playing field. Working people and small businesses depend on the Internet as a utility, and it's time for the FCC and Chairman Wheeler to act."

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Ro Khanna concedes hours after Mike Honda declares victory

Rep. Mike Honda declared victory Friday morning over challenger Ro Khanna, who conceded the nationally watched, Democrat-on-Democrat race about eight hours later.

Unofficial returns updated late Friday showed that Khanna, a former Obama administration official who lives in Fremont, closed his gap with Honda to 3,658 votes, or about 3.66 percentage points. It was the slimmest margin since results started coming in Tuesday night, but still too high a hurdle.

"This win belongs to you," Honda told a throng of cheering, chanting supporters who gathered at his campaign office Friday morning near Newark's New Park Mall. "We looked at the numbers and said that with the remaining votes for this congressional district, no matter which way it falls, we will still prevail."

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