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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 22:51

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the GOP blocking the Bank on Students bill in the U.S. Senate:

“Bank on Students is an important piece of legislation for borrowers everywhere. This common sense legislation would have allowed Americans to refinance their student loans. For young people just getting their start in the workforce, this was a measure that could have made a real difference. Instead, Republicans chose to block it for a second time, siding with those who have the most, over America's students.

“While Republicans scratch their heads, wondering why young people reject them on issue after issue, this is yet another sign that the problem isn't a lack of outreach—it's their core message and principles. While Democrats stand for a fair shot for all Americans, Republicans continue to stand in the way of progress. This isn't over, and Democrats will continue the fight to ensure that every American has access to a quality, affordable education. In the meantime, it continues to be clear which party stands with young Americans.”

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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:22

Washington, DC – On Thursday September 18th and Friday September 19th the DNC will hold its annual Women’s Leadership Forum issues conference presented by the Democratic Women’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. The Women's Leadership Forum, founded in 1993 by Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore, engages women in Democratic politics by bringing together women leaders and supporters from across the country for regional and national events providing them with information, contacts, and support for further involvement in the Democratic Party.

On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will speak at a welcome reception. The First Lady’s remarks will be pooled for print media.

On Friday, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DNC CEO Amy Dacey will address the conference.  Remarks will be open for print press and still photography and pooled for video. Conference panels will be closed press.

Outlets planning to cover Friday’s speeches must RSVP to lipperm@dnc.org by 6PM on Wednesday, September 17 and show valid press credentials on arrival. RSVP should include name, outlet and which remarks you plan to attend.


WHO:
Friday, September 19th:
President Barack Obama
Vice President Joe Biden
Hillary Rodham Clinton
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
DNC CEO Amy Dacey

WHERE:
Marriott Marquis (Independence Hall, meeting level 4), 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

MEDIA LOGISTICS:

Media Entrance:
Main Lobby escalators to Level M3 (DuPont Room for press check in)

Media Access Time:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Amy Dacey: 8:00am (media access 7:00am-7:30am)
Vice President Biden: 9:45am (media access 8:45am- 9:15am)
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 12:05pm (media access 11:00am-11:30am)
President Obama: 3:35pm (media access 2:30pm-3:00pm)

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:55

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the GOP’s latest effort to block the Paycheck Fairness Act:

“Today, for the fourth time in recent years, Republicans in the Senate voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act – commonsense legislation that would move us closer to equal pay for women. Once again, Republicans refused to join with Democrats to ensure that women are paid fairly and that they have the legal tools they need to fight pay discrimination when it occurs. Some GOP Senators have even gone beyond opposing the legislation to belittling the very idea of voting on Paycheck Fairness, calling it a waste of time, and a show vote. Sadly, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Republicans continue to put rigid partisanship before what’s best for the people that elected them.

“Ensuring that women earn fair and equal pay is a top priority for Democrats not only because it is the right thing to do for American women but because it improves the economic security of our families and the growth of our economy as a whole. Women constitute nearly half of the nation’s work force, and in 40% of U.S. households with children women are their family’s primary breadwinner.

“Today’s vote is just the latest evidence of a Republican Party that is vastly out of touch with the American people, especially women. This November, voters across the country will remember that when given the choice between progress towards pay equity and the clearly discriminatory status quo – the GOP was, as usual, on the wrong side of the issue.”

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 18:57

Washington, DC — Today the Democratic National Committee and the Iowa Democratic Party announced the hiring of Chris Poynor as the Iowa Voter Expansion Director. He will join Andrew Mertens, the Voter Expansion Coordinator, as part of the voter expansion team in Iowa. Poynor’s hire joins a growing roster of Voter Expansion Project staff in key states as part of the DNC's ongoing commitment to increase access to electoral participation.

“Republicans in Iowa, like Secretary of State Matt Schultz, are putting unnecessary barriers between voters and the ballot box and Schultz even spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars searching for fraud that wasn’t there,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “The Democrats’ voter expansion project will continue to knock down these types of barriers and expand access to the polls. Chris will be an important part of our work in Iowa and we’re happy to have him on our team.”

“This notion of getting more people involved in the process isn’t just a program for us or a tactic – it is one of the most fundamental values that we share as Democrats, but more importantly, as Iowans,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. “It’s not just about strengthening our Party, it’s about strengthening our state because more voices are being heard. Democrats are committed to expanding rights, not taking them away – we want to empower people, to break down barriers and to expand opportunity for all Iowans.”

Poynor most recently practiced election law at his firm Poynor Law, PLC. Previously he worked as the Deputy Voter Protection Director for Organizing for America – Iowa, as a Law Clerk at Eide & Heisinger, LLC, and as a researcher at Link Strategies, LLC. He earned his JD from Drake University in Des Moines.

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 13:44

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“Today begins our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the long history of invaluable contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to our nation. From the earliest settlement at St. Augustine through generations of immigrants, Hispanics have played an integral role in building America into what it is today.

“While the Democratic Party is committed to policies that ensure opportunity for all Americans, including the Hispanic community, Republicans are more interested in expanding opportunity for only a select few.

“As we honor the legacy of Hispanics in the United States, the Democratic Party will continue to support policies that work for Hispanics like equal pay for women - a problem that disproportionately affects Latina women. We will continue to support investments in the educational opportunities that build ladders to the middle class for younger generations, and to pursue comprehensive immigration reform that opens doors for those compelled to pursue the American dream. We remain committed to fighting for the wellbeing of the Hispanic community and making sure Hispanics voices are heard.”

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 17:30

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tomorrow marking the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Twenty years ago, due to the leadership of then Senator Joe Biden and countless others, the Violence Against Women Act put in place critical protections that have held violent offenders accountable and extended services to victims of such crimes.

“Despite the legislation’s success and the broad bipartisan support it has enjoyed for most of the last two decades, Republicans fought and delayed the law’s most recent reauthorization. I am proud that the Democratic Party was insistent on strengthening VAWA’s protections despite opposition from a majority of Republicans.

“Unfortunately, far too many women continue to be subjected to violence and rape, including the brave women who choose to serve our country in our nation’s military and the future leaders who live on our college campuses. The horrific video that emerged this week should serve as a reminder that violence against women remains a real and persistent problem, and despite the progress we’ve made through legislation like VAWA it’s clear we have so much more to do. While we continue to fight to make sure that all women are able to live free from the fear of violence, we must also ensure that survivors of crimes are able to access the services they need to recover and rebuild and that they are empowered to speak out when such violence occurs.

“The Democratic Party is committed to supporting policies that protect and promote the well-being of women and their families and today, we honor and acknowledge this twentieth anniversary of VAWA with them in mind.”

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 17:30

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tomorrow marking the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Twenty years ago, due to the leadership of then Senator Joe Biden and countless others, the Violence Against Women Act put in place critical protections that have held violent offenders accountable and extended services to victims of such crimes.

“Despite the legislation’s success and the broad bipartisan support it has enjoyed for most of the last two decades, Republicans fought and delayed the law’s most recent reauthorization. I am proud that the Democratic Party was insistent on strengthening VAWA’s protections despite opposition from a majority of Republicans.

“Unfortunately, far too many women continue to be subjected to violence and rape, including the brave women who choose to serve our country in our nation’s military and the future leaders who live on our college campuses. The horrific video that emerged this week should serve as a reminder that violence against women remains a real and persistent problem, and despite the progress we’ve made through legislation like VAWA it’s clear we have so much more to do. While we continue to fight to make sure that all women are able to live free from the fear of violence, we must also ensure that survivors of crimes are able to access the services they need to recover and rebuild and that they are empowered to speak out when such violence occurs.

“The Democratic Party is committed to supporting policies that protect and promote the well-being of women and their families and today, we honor and acknowledge this twentieth anniversary of VAWA with them in mind.”

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 12:53

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the Anniversary of September 11th:

“Five years ago, Congress designated today as the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Thus, one of the darkest days in our nation’s history is instead an embrace of what is best about America.

“This is one of the defining characteristics of America and the American people. When faced with an enemy or challenge that attempts to tear us down, we come together and rebuild even better than before. And as the President laid out last night, we will continue to face our enemies head on, to secure our safety at home and the safety of our allies around the world. Though the process of rebuilding may be long and difficult, we emerge stronger. Earlier this year, speaking at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, President Obama called on those gathered to ‘reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 -- love, compassion, sacrifice -- and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation.’

“As the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, I recognize that there will be disagreements between Democrats and Republicans that warrant a healthy debate. But when our nation is attacked, on American soil or abroad, those differences should be set aside. We remember those we’ve lost, seek justice against our enemies, and work to prevent future attacks.

“Thirteen years ago, an unthinkable tragedy reminded us that what binds us together is far greater than what draws us apart. We would be well served to keep that in mind as our nation faces the challenges before us.”

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 02:26

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s primary results:

“The next eight weeks will provide a stark contrast between the priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties. Democrats have nominated candidates who will fight to ensure opportunity for all Americans, while Republicans remain beholden to special interests and an extreme Tea Party agenda.

“Massachusetts Democrats have nominated Martha Coakley, who has demonstrated her ability and willingness to fight for the people of Massachusetts as a District Attorney and as the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General. She will face Charlie Baker, who slashed jobs and put personal profit ahead of what was best for the people of Massachusetts as a health insurance executive. Baker also faces troubling ethical questions surrounding his connection to a possible pay-to-play scandal involving Chris Christie’s administration in New Jersey.

“And next door in New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s treatment of New Hampshire's Senate seat as a consolation prize is confirmation that he doesn’t care which state’s voters elect him as long as he can continue to represent Big Oil and Wall Street special interests. Jeanne Shaheen is New Hampshire through and through, and veterans, students, and women and their families know that she will continue to represent their voices in the Senate.

“I would also like to congratulate all the Democrats nominated tonight who will fight for middle-class families, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Gina Raimondo, who is poised to become the first female governor of Rhode Island. Come Election Day, voters will have a clear choice of which party is on their side.”

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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 14:09

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in celebration of Labor Day:

“Today, many Americans will celebrate Labor Day with their friends and families. Countless others will go to work and do their job just like any other day.

“Every American worker has contributed to building America into what it is today and what it can be in the future. But one Monday in September is not sufficient recognition of their contributions. There is no good reason why any American who works hard day in and day out should have to raise their family in poverty. With women acting as the primary breadwinner in 40 percent of households with children, unequal pay hurts women, their families, and our economy.

“Organized labor in America is responsible for securing many of the workplace standards and protections that we take for granted, from child labor to weekends. I am proud that the Democratic Party is working with American workers to achieve the next set of policies that hardworking Americans deserve, including an increased minimum wage, paycheck fairness, and improved family and medical leave policies. Republicans have not only opposed these policies, but sought to diminish the capacity of unions to represent the interests of workers.

“This year marks 120 years since Labor Day was first recognized as a federal holiday in 1894. In that time, we’ve made extraordinary progress to restore to workers the dignity to which each of us is entitled. It is critical that our nation remain steadfast in that commitment moving forward if we are to be an America where economic security and opportunity are available to all.”

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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 15:18

Republicans are out of touch, and now they have the data to prove it. Earlier this week, Politico released details of a survey funded in part by Karl Rove’s PAC. Here are our three key takeaways from the research (not that we expect them to change the GOP’s attitudes toward women).

1. Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”

Republicans’ research found that women “believe that ‘enforcing equal pay for equal work’ is the policy that would ‘help women the most.’” Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, adding up to over $430,000 in lost compensation on average in a lifetime. By repeatedly voting against policies to ensure that women receive equal pay, the report warns, “Republicans who openly deny the legitimacy of the issue will be seen as out of touch with women’s life experiences.”

2. Republicans are “stuck in the past.”

The women polled for the report described Republicans as “intolerant” and “lacking in compassion.” In an effort to change this image, the GOP wants to, in the words of the study, “pursue policy innovations that inspire women voters to give the GOP a ‘fresh look.’” Suggestions included “strengthening enforcement against gender bias in the workplace.” The only problem? We’re still waiting for Republicans to join us in supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act!

3. The GOP isn’t changing their position; they’re changing the subject.

When it comes to addressing the issues that matter to women the most, Republicans are quick to change the subject. The research concludes that when it comes to tough issues like reproductive health, Republican leaders should “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues.” But Republicans aren’t moving on – they’re committing time and taxpayer money to restricting access to reproductive health care. That’s time they could be spending on policies that help working families, like raising the minimum wage, expanding access to paid sick leave, and making childcare more affordable.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 00:11

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s primary results:

“I would like to congratulate all of the Democratic candidates who won their primary contest tonight, including the next governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, and the next lieutenant governor of Florida, Annette Taddeo. Over the course of this campaign, Charlie and Annette have embraced policies that will help Florida’s middle class families, a stark contrast to the current governor, Republican Rick Scott, who is beholden to special interests and radical Tea Party ideology.

“After overseeing the largest Medicare fraud in history, it is ironic that as governor, Scott has notably failed to secure federal funding for Medicaid expansion. He has cut over $1 billion from Florida’s public schools, and oversaw tuition hikes at Florida’s colleges and universities while making cuts to the Bright Futures scholarship program. His climate change denialism ignores the serious risks that rising sea levels and severe weather pose to Florida’s communities and our economy. Scott has offered the Hispanic community little more than platitudes and pandering. To add insult to injury, he refuses to answer the most basic questions, let alone face Florida’s toughest challenges.

“Charlie and Annette join Democratic candidates throughout Florida and across the country who are committed to expanding opportunity for all Americans. Republicans, especially those like Scott, have demonstrated that their priorities are instead focused on the select few. Come November, Florida voters will reject the failed policies of Rick Scott and welcome a new day for the Sunshine State.”

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 12:51

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in celebration of Women’s Equality Day:

“Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the 94th anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Since our nation’s founding, the struggle to form a more perfect union has moved America forward. The 19th amendment is among the steps our nation has taken towards greater equality by ensuring that more Americans are able to make their voice heard.

“Unfortunately, Republican actions at the state and federal level threaten to undo the progress our nation has made. Last year, the Supreme Court gutted a key component of the Voting Rights Act. Republican governors and state legislatures have moved to restrict early voting periods and enact policies like voter ID that make it harder to vote. These policies disproportionately affect women, as well as young people and people of color.

“The right to vote is fundamental for women to elect officials who share their priorities. I am proud that the Democratic Party is fighting for paycheck fairness and to defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. In light of Republican opposition to these policies, this anniversary is a reminder that the key to expanding opportunities for women is to empower women at the ballot box.”

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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 16:40

ATLANTA, Ga. – Today, former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will visit three cities in the Florida panhandle as part of his tour to promote his new book, The Way Forward. Ahead of his visit, Steve Regenstreif, the chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Seniors Coordinating Council, released the following statement:

“Paul Ryan may call his book The Way Forward, but what it details is nothing more than a step-by-step formula for how to move our country backward. Ryan may claim he’s fighting for the poor and seniors, but even in his new book he’s pushing the same radical ideas that would gut the social safety net and weaken access to health care – all while providing more benefits for the wealthy and big corporations. Voters haven’t forgotten that. His new book tour is a national showcase of recycling the same failed ideas that Americans rejected when Paul Ryan was the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012. If Paul Ryan got his way, both Medicare and Social Security would be on a fast track toward privatization – leaving the health and economic security of seniors to the whims of insurance companies and Wall Street. Floridians know better than to buy Ryan’s new rhetoric because the same old failed GOP record is hiding behind it. Seniors in Florida and across the country want leaders committed to them, not ideologues who believe the only way to save the safety net and boost the middle class is to gut the very programs that support them.”

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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 16:08

Atlanta, GA— DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Secretary and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Georgia Democratic Party Chair DuBose Porter held a press conference at the DNC summer meeting in Atlanta today to discuss the DNC’s commitment to expanding the right to vote in 2014 and beyond.

In June, the DNC launched the Voter Expansion Project -- a permanent infrastructure within the Democratic Party that is focused on protecting and expanding the vote. The DNC’s Voter Expansion Project’s mission is to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. Expanding the electorate is a priority for Democrats because we think our country is better off when more people participate unlike those on the other side of the aisle who know their best path to victory is if fewer people vote.


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DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“There is a reason that we are in Georgia. A year ago, in Arizona, I promised that Democrats were committed to planting our flag in every corner of the country. We are here because the DNC is expanding the map, spreading the Democratic message, and we plan to turn Georgia blue.

Today’s Republican Party is so out of touch with the American people that they know their best path to victory is if fewer voices are heard, if fewer Americans exercise one of their most basic constitutional rights– and at the DNC we will work tirelessly to prevent them from getting what they want.

“We believe it is easier and more convenient for a citizen to participate in the electoral process when she understands when to vote, where to vote, what to bring with her to vote. That’s why we have provided all of the “rules of the road” for all fifty states and the District of Columbia in one simple location at IWillVote.com. And this week, we launched the Spanish language version of the site, VoyAVotar2014.com

“We’ve also already hired state voter Expansion Directors in places like Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Florida. And just this week, the DNC and Georgia Democratic Party are announcing the hire of Georgia’s new Voter Expansion Director -- I’m thrilled that she’ll be joining our team.”


DNC Secretary and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

“This notion of getting more people involved in the process isn’t just a program for us or a tactic – it is one of the most fundamental values that we share as Democrats.  It’s not just about strengthening our Party.  It’s about strengthening our democracy.

“Our country is stronger when more voices are heard. The diversity of opinion is one of the things that make our country strong and vibrant and we will do everything in our power to make sure that no cynical partisan ploys can ever drown out any of these voices.

“Democrats are committed to expanding rights not taking them away – we want to empower people, to break down barriers and to expand opportunity for all Americans.”


Georgia Democratic Party Chair DuBose Porter:

“Make no mistake – it’s not just our Party that is diverse and growing – our state is, too. It’s up to us to us engage every single Georgian. As the Chairwoman said earlier, when more people are registered and vote, Democrats will win.

“While our Party has become more inclusive, the other side has been turning away folks left and right, including their own candidates at the ballot box. We have a governor who brags about fighting against the Voting Rights Act while he was in Congress. That is unacceptable. We’ve had Republicans in the legislature try to cutback early voting. That is unacceptable. We’ve seen attempts to intimidate voters by moving the polls to inside police stations.  That is unacceptable.

“This culture of suppression has to stop. That is why the Voter Expansion Project is critical for the democracy in our state.”

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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 14:18

Tech Partner NGP VAN Releases Platform of APIs, Users, and Network Effects

 

Washington, DC – Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee launched Project Ivy, the fourth iteration of the Democratic Party’s investment in data and technology. The program builds on a decade of investments by the DNC and aims to give campaigns of all sizes the same tools that the Obama campaign built and so successfully utilized in 2012.


The DNC and key technology partner NGP VAN are launching a significant new innovation in Project Ivy’s program: a set of tools to allow developers and other technologists to build an ecosystem around the DNC’s voter file data and technology platform, VoteBuilder.

The DNC’s Developer Portal being launched today has two key elements:

  • A new set of APIs (a series of technical specifications that detail how software interacts) for the DNC and NGP VAN platforms that will be made available to developers.
  • An innovative ActionID login system that allows current users to seamlessly access new apps and tools created through the APIs.


The APIs are built on an easy-to-use RESTful architecture that allows campaigns and companies to pull and push information directly from VoteBuilder.  The ActionID login systems will allow the hundreds of thousands of existing users of the NGP VAN tools to login to other apps created by the others in the ecosystem, with one simple secure login that they can take from campaign to campaign.

The Portal is now live at http://developers.democrats.org.

“This new developers’ platform allows Democrats to build new apps more easily and nimbly, enabling a 360 degree view of voters and a campaign’s interactions with them across all channels.” said DNC CEO Amy Dacey.  “Simply put: our tools are helping candidates in 2014 while we’re laying the groundwork for the next generation of campaign technology in 2016 and beyond.”

“NGP VAN is focused on helping the DNC drive the innovation that will help Democrats maintain and build our technological edge,” said Stu Trevelyan, NGP VAN’s CEO.  “We’re honored that so many Democrats use our tools to elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot. The tools we’re building will enhance Democrats’ ability to connect directly with voters, where they are, and in the ways they get their information.”

This release advances Democrats’ capabilities on one of the key trends in political technology: giving state parties and campaigns the ability to speak directly and more efficiently with voters. This technology will improve Democrats’ addressability– giving campaigns the ability to connect with specific individuals through online and TV ads and traditional methods like phone calls and door knocks.

The DNC and NGP VAN have already seen success with the APIs in recent months.

  • The APIs are behind the recently released DNC Arbor Project to enhance efforts to register voters.
  • The just released version of MiniVAN, the iOS and Android app that powers mobile canvassing, was rebuilt using the APIs.
  • At a recent NGP VAN hackathon, in a few hours engineers built a new, free Open Virtual Phone Bank App which allows supporters to make calls to targeted voters without having to get a login to VAN.
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 13:00

Washington, DC – Today the DNC launched the Spanish website VoyAVotar2014.com as part of our Voter Expansion Project and commitment to increasing access to the ballot box for all Americans. VoyAVotar2014.com is the Spanish companion site to IWillVote.com, the DNC’s one-stop site for all the information Americans need to cast their ballot.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on the launch of the new site:

“In early June, the DNC launched IWillVote.com as part of our Voter Expansion Project. The goal was to make it easier and more convenient for Americans to participate in the electoral process, by empowering them with the information they would need to exercise their right to vote.

“Democrats are committed to inclusion and diversity. That is why we have launched a Spanish language version of IWillVote.com, VoyAVotar2014.com, so that language does not pose an unnecessary barrier to electoral participation for those voters who are more comfortable getting information in Spanish.

“The Hispanic population in the United States continues to grow and it’s more important than ever to ensure that we can provide the information and resources for Hispanics to actively participate in our democracy and elect leaders that share their community’s priorities.”

You can follow the DNC’s new Spanish Twitter account at @DNC_Espanol

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 14:01

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the GOP’s New Shutdown Threat:

“We now have it confirmed – electing a Republican Senate majority would put us back on the road to another shutdown. It’s been a year since Republicans shut down the government and brought us to the brink of default, costing our economy $24 billion and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said the GOP is ready to do it all over again.

“Instead of joining with Democrats to expand opportunity for all Americans by fighting for equal pay and a raise for millions of Americans, investing in infrastructure and education, and creating jobs, Republicans have recommitted to digging in their heels and causing rampant dysfunction that hurts middle class families.

“That’s the choice voters face in every race this November.”

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Read the article "McConnell’s plan to ‘shutdown’ Obama" here.

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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 16:07

I work for the Operations Team here at the DNC. That means that I spend a lot of time making sure things run smoothly at headquarters -- that people are where they're supposed to be so we can be the party that works for you. But being behind the scenes doesn't always give me the opportunity to interact with our supporters and hear why they're excited about the ideas that make our party what it is.

That's why I love these contests.

Seriously: One of the most rewarding parts of my job is booking the flights and hotels for supporters who've won the chance to meet our President. There is just something so gratifying in knowing I have a hand in someone's experience of a lifetime.

So, will you enter our contest to attend a barbecue with President Obama in New York over Labor Day weekend? I'll book you a flight and car!

You'll have an amazing journey. You can travel with a guest, and the flight and hotel stay are on us. You don't have to worry about a thing -- I'll make sure it all runs smoothly.

Just chip in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to win:

https://my.democrats.org/BBQ-with-Barack

President Obama is so excited to meet you, and I'm so excited to help get you there.

Good luck, and I hope we talk soon!

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 20:34

WASHINGTON, DC – The Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee today filed an Advisory Opinion Request with the Federal Election Commission to ask that they may each raise federal funds into a segregated account under a separate contribution limit, or alternately into a convention committee, solely to finance convention expenses for their 2016 nominating conventions that would previously have been paid for with federal funds. After filing the AOR (HERE), the committees released the following statement:

“Conventions are essential to the nominating process for both parties and to the next presidential election. With the loss of public funding for some aspects of these events, a staple of convention financing for decades, the two parties need greater flexibility to raise the resources to build necessary infrastructure and carry out essential operations. As one step towards achieving that goal, we are jointly requesting that the Federal Election Commission allow both parties to raise these infrastructure and operation funds under separate limits into a dedicated account with full disclosure requirements so both parties can continue to operate safe and seamless conventions that present their candidates and platforms to the electorate.”

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