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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 18:03

Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee today released the following statement after the Federal Election Commission agreed the party committees may establish convention committees that can raise federal funds under separate limits, solely to finance expenses for their 2016 nominating conventions. Convention expenses would have previously have been paid for with federal funds:

“We appreciate the FEC’s recognition that, as the party convention committees adjust to the loss of public funding, they have authority to raise funds that will help pay the costs of their national conventions.  This is an important, if modest, first step for the parties in continuing to meet their historic responsibility to conduct conventions, which play such a vital role in our democratic process.”

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 14:38

With less than one month until election day, President Bill Clinton emailed Democrats yesterday to ask them to do what they can to help elect candidates across the country. Read it here:

Hey there --

There's an election around the corner, so I've been traveling around the country to help Democrats who are standing up for the values you and I believe in.

I've been in Kentucky with Alison Lundergan Grimes, in Florida with Charlie Crist, in Iowa with Bruce Braley, in Arkansas with Mark Pryor, and several other states. These folks are real leaders with great ideas about how to expand the middle class and make sure that every American has a fair shot at success. They do us proud.

But their great ideas won't amount to a hill of beans this November if their message gets drowned out by people like the Koch brothers. Join me, and keep that from happening -- chip in $3 or more today to support Democrats.

What you're seeing from our opponents right now is unprecedented. They're willing to say just about anything to tear down our candidates, and they're willing to spend whatever it takes to get traction. And if we don't step up, it could work.

We've got a chance to do something great here in 28 days -- but it won't happen without your help.

Please do what you can to support Democrats today:

https://my.democrats.org/Elect-Democrats-2014

Thanks,

Bill Clinton
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 13:46

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to Governor Chris Christie’s trip to Florida to campaign for failed Governor Rick Scott:

“Voters can tell a lot about their leaders by the company they keep and Rick Scott continuing to surround himself with failed Republicans like Chris Christie says a lot about Scott.

“Christie, like Scott, has slashed education funding while giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and business interests. Scott won't fight for equal pay for women and Christie vetoed equal pay legislation. Scott said that raising the minimum wage made him ‘cringe’ while Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase.

“Of course, birds of a feather tend to flock together. Scott presided over a company given a $1.7 billion fine - the largest Medicare fraud fine in history at the time. And Christie presided over Bridgegate – allowing a culture to exist in which his own senior staff ordered the closure of three lanes of traffic for four days on the George Washington Bridge – the busiest in the world.

“As a result of their failed policies, both their states' economies suffer. Florida has the third highest number of workers that earn the minimum wage or less while New Jersey under Christie’s failed leadership, ranks near the bottom in private sector job growth. Florida can do better - and the nation can do better. That’s why next month voters will elect Charlie Crist and Democrats across the country.”

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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 16:21

Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to take up appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay marriages. In response, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Today’s action by the Supreme Court continues the steady march of progress towards equality. In recent years, we have seen the end of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and last year the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. This decision brings marriage equality to couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. It clears the way for same sex couples in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming as well.

“While this is a significant step forward for the LGBT community, there is considerable work that remains to be done. Unfortunately, marriage equality is still denied to same sex couples in several states, and some LGBT workers can still face discrimination in the workplace based on who they are or who they love. The Democratic Party is committed to ensuring that our nation continues to move in the right direction on LGBT equality.”

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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 21:48

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement marking the celebration of Eid al-Adha:

“As Muslim Americans gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, we extend our best wishes.

“This year, Eid al-Adha coincides with the recognition of Yom Kippur, serving as a reminder of our shared roots at the deepest levels. The values that we share, such as the importance of charity, are what bring us together.

“I would also like to offer my prayers to those making the Hajj this year for a peaceful and safe journey.”

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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 15:54

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing Yom Kippur, which begins tonight at sundown:

“Tonight, families across America and around the world will gather for Kol Nidre, the most solemn and holy night in the Jewish calendar. On this Day of Atonement, we reflect on our words and deeds of the past year, and ask forgiveness from those we have wronged.

“During the Days of Awe, we return to our core values – teshuvah, tzedakah and tefillah – repentance, prayer and acts of loving kindness. As we look forward to the year ahead, we recommit ourselves to serving our community and to repairing the world.  These are ideals that compel us to make the world a better place for each other, and bind us together as humanity, regardless of our individual faiths.

“From my family to yours, I wish all those observing Yom Kippur an easy fast – and may you and your loved ones may be inscribed for another year in the Book of Life.”

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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 13:30

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to today’s jobs report showing 248,000 jobs were added in the month of September and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9% :

“Today’s jobs report is just further proof of what we already know – Democrats have led our nation to unprecedented job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in six years, yielding expanded opportunity for American families. We still have much more work to be done to increase wages, ensure equal pay, and create good jobs which is why we need more Democrats in state capitols and in Congress who are committed to getting things done.

“The only thing standing between our country and more economic opportunity is Republican obstructionism. Over the next 32 days, Democrats across the country will draw the contrast between the results we’ve seen for the last 55 months of private sector job growth and the Republican record of costing our economy $24 billion by shutting down the government, blocking legislation that would extend the ladder to the middle class for more Americans, and wasting time and taxpayer resources to play political games by suing the President.”

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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 16:18

Today we mark the beginning of Filipino American Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate the incredible contributions Filipino Americans make in our communities.

As the second largest Asian American group in the nation, the Filipino community represents a vibrant and thriving part of the diversity that makes our country great. As hard-working Americans, civic leaders, educators, doctors, and more, Filipinos touch our lives every day.

While we acknowledge the heritage and history of our Filipino American community this month, we also celebrate the future of all Filipino Americans, the positive contributions they will continue to make, and the essential role they have in our nation’s future successes.

Join me in taking pride in our country's diversity as we celebrate the ways in which Filipino Americans have contributed to the vibrancy of our nation.

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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:32

Washington, DC – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Today we celebrate the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a survivor,  this month holds a special significance for me, as it does for millions of women and families affected by this disease.

“When, months after a clean mammogram and at just 41 I heard those terrible words: you have breast cancer, I thought there was some mistake. I was not aware I was at risk, particularly as a young woman. When I was declared cancer-free six years ago, I knew I had to fully engage in the national breast cancer awareness movement and share my own personal story in the hopes that it would help other young women.  Knowledge is  power, and the best tool we have to fighting this disease.

“Thanks to President Obama and Democrats in Congress, breast cancer patients and survivors like me can no longer be discriminated against by health insurance companies for having pre-existing conditions. Preventive screenings, including mammograms, which can detect diseases early and ultimately save lives are now covered. It is crucial that women have access to quality, affordable health care, and I am proud that the Affordable Care Act opens those doors for millions of American women. We will keep fighting to make sure that every breast cancer survivor has the resources they need.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a renewal of our commitment to educating our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and ensuring that every woman is armed with the information and knowledge they need to give them the best chance of winning this fight.”

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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 22:58

This morning, with just 35 days left until the November election, President Obama emailed Democrats across the country to ask for their support. Here’s what he said:

 

There are 35 days left until we elect the last Congress of my presidency.

We still have an opportunity to organize and win the tough races we have to win -- but time is the thing we're just about out of. If we don't hit our goals before midnight tonight, we won't be able to build the best organization we can build.

Don't let that happen. Before midnight, chip in $3 or more.

Thanks,

Barack Obama

P.S. -- I know how hard you're working to help win this thing, which is why I'd like a chance to thank you in person. Chip in $3 or whatever you can, and you'll be automatically entered to fly out to Los Angeles in a few days to join me.
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 13:36

Washington, DC – This year the Democratic National Committee will have an unprecedented presence at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Conference. During CHCI, the DNC will promote the website VoyAVotar2014.com which is part of our Voter Expansion Project and commitment to increase access to the ballot box for all Americans.

Commenting on the effort, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “Our presence at CHCI promoting VoyAVotar2014.com is incredibly important in achieving our goal of increasing participation and ensuring language isn’t a barrier to voting. The DNC is committed to expanding access to voting - it’s easier and more convenient for people to participate in the electoral process when they understand when to vote, where to vote, what to bring with them to vote and what to expect on Election Day in order to vote.

“The DNC is committed to providing the information and resources for Hispanics to actively participate in our democracy and elect leaders that share their community’s priorities. The Spanish language campaign ads that we released last week and our presence at CHCI are just one part of our outreach to Hispanics across the country to ensure that this November, the Hispanic community comes out to vote and makes their voices heard.”

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 22:20

Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed with Ohio Republicans’ move to delay the start of early voting in Ohio, which was set to begin Tuesday. In response, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Less than sixteen hours before polling stations were scheduled to open in Ohio, early voting in the state has been blocked by the Supreme Court at the request of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“This week was supposed to be the “Golden Week” during which voters could both register to vote and vote on the same day. In 2012, 59,000 Ohioans cast their ballots during this period. However, this late change is likely to confuse voters, the media, and even election administrators and has happened because Republicans like John Kasich, Jon Husted and Mike DeWine have fought against Golden Week every step of the way.

“This fight is an example of the GOP’s hypocrisy on voting rights, made even worse by the fact that the decision came down as Ohio Governor John Kasich held a rally claiming to encourage his supporters to vote early – alongside Chris Christie, who vetoed early vote legislation in New Jersey.

“Despite Republican opposition, Democrats will continue to work to make voting easier and more convenient for all Americans, protecting and promoting the vote through the DNC’s Voter Expansion Project. We will continue to fight for more opportunities for people to exercise their right to vote while Republicans continue to stand in their way.”

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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 15:28

Mary Burke sent this email to Democrats across the country, asking them to help her defeat Scott Walker in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. Here’s what she had to say:

Since I launched my campaign for governor against Scott Walker last year, thousands of grassroots activists have joined Team Burke. Under Walker, our state capitol has become the most divisive in the nation. People are recognizing there's a better way. I understand that it's time to focus on what matters and use common sense to find solutions that work.

My message is resonating with folks across Wisconsin, and this race is a dead heat. The latest polls have us tied 46-46 with Scott Walker among registered voters -- that's why I need your help today. Are you with me?

Add your name to defeat Scott Walker and say that you're standing with me!

With just weeks until Election Day, Scott Walker and his allies are trying to hide his failures behind a sea of negative ads. They're spending millions because they know I can win.

I know how to apply my experience creating jobs in the private sector to our government, focusing on what entrepreneurs and small businesses need to start up and grow.

I directed strategic planning at Trek Bicycle, helping the company grow to nearly 1,000 employees right here in Wisconsin. During my time as Secretary of Commerce, I helped small businesses get started, and businesses of all sizes grow. I know how to get Wisconsin moving again.

Sign your name if you're ready to join my team and defeat Scott Walker:

http://my.democrats.org/Join-Mary-Burke

Thanks for standing with me,

Mary Burke

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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 20:50

Washington, DC –Today, President Obama accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“On behalf of the Democratic Party, I would like to thank and congratulate Eric Holder for his service as our 82nd Attorney General. General Holder will leave office as one of the longest-serving Attorneys General in our nation’s history, and his contributions have been invaluable to President Obama’s administration and the country.

“Attorney General Holder has fought fiercely to protect the human and civil constitutional rights of all Americans. Among his accomplishments at the Department of Justice, of particular note, is his emphasis on ensuring that all Americans can exercise their right to vote. Despite opposition from the Supreme Court and Congressional Republicans, Attorney General Holder and DOJ have been stalwart defenders of voting rights threatened by state legislative action.

“I have full confidence President Obama’s choice for our nation’s next Attorney General will continue the important and immeasurable civil rights work being done at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder and that Senate Republicans will be responsible and not recklessly obstruct the process of confirming a replacement.”

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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 16:45

WASHINGTON, DC – The Democratic National Committee today launched national and state Spanish language radio ads, the second round of ads in a seven figure national paid media campaign. The first ad, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar’ or ‘Don’t miss the opportunity to vote’ will air on Spanish radio stations nationally and key stations in Colorado, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

“This Spanish ad buy is just one part of our outreach to Latinos and Hispanics across the country. Democrats are committed to expanding the vote and we want to ensure that this November Latinos come out to vote and make their voices heard,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “There’s a lot at stake in these midterm elections, and these ads highlight many of the issues Democrats are fighting for – affordable higher education, an increase in the minimum wage, and protecting Medicare.

Additional waves of ads will launch in the coming weeks.

Listen to the ad, HERE

Below please find a transcript for, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar”

Republicans think we’re going to stay home.

They voted against our kids for a budget that could lay off 29,000 teachers and aides.

They voted against our parents with a plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

And time and time again they voted to protect their millionaire friends instead of raising the minimum wage to help you and your family.

What they don’t understand is that our families still believe in the American dream.

It’s time to rise up — we can’t stay at home.

The decisions we make this November are too important:

For schools that prepare our children to compete …

To create jobs with dignity for the middle class …

And to assure health care that honors the work and sacrifice of our parents.

Don’t miss this opportunity to vote.

Visit VoyAVotar2014.com and make a promise to defend your family … make a promise to vote, Democrat.

“Paid for by the Democratic National Committee, democrats.org, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 15:27

Democratic women from across the country spent two days gathered together to hear from First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama, and many other Democratic leaders. Here are some of the highlights:

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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 17:57

Washington, DC – Tonight marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaching, we take time to reflect on the year that has ended, seek forgiveness, and look forward to the promise of renewal in the year ahead.

“As our world faces uncertain and challenging times, we strengthen our resolve to come together with family and friends in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. The principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah can guide us all to take account of our actions and strive to do more for one another.

“While we've seen important progress over the last year, I am hopeful that 5775 will be a year in which we can work together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges and continue working every day to improve the lives of the people we represent.

“As I celebrate today with my own family, I hope everyone celebrating has the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those they love. I wish you and your loved ones L'Shana tovah u’metuka – a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”

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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 17:49

Washington, DC – Tonight marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaching, we take time to reflect on the year that has ended, seek forgiveness, and look forward to the promise of renewal in the year ahead.

“As our world faces uncertain and challenging times, we strengthen our resolve to come together with family and friends in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. The principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah can guide us all to take account of our actions and strive to do more for one another.

“While we've seen important progress over the last year, I am hopeful that 5775 will be a year in which we can work together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges and continue working every day to improve the lives of the people we represent.

“As I celebrate today with my own family, I hope everyone celebrating has the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those they love. I wish you and your loved ones L'Shana tovah u’metuka – a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”

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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 13:25

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing National Voter Registration Day:

“Fifty years ago, hundreds of young volunteers descended on Mississippi for Freedom Summer to register black Mississippians to vote. Despite being met with hatred and violence, the effort was an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement.

“Half a century after Freedom Summer, voter registration remains among the most effective methods by which to empower a community. Today, on National Voter Registration Day, and all days, we encourage every American to be sure they are able to exercise their right to vote.

“The Democratic Party believes that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate. That is why our Voter Expansion Project is committed to more than just protecting the vote, but to expanding the vote as well. Registering new voters is one of the DNC’s top priorities in 2014 and beyond, and we have used our data and technology advantage to develop tools that allow voter registration efforts to use their finite resources most efficiently.

“Unfortunately, Republicans have made the cynical calculation that their path to victory is a smaller electorate. Obstacles to registering to vote  – such as elimination of same-day registration and refusal to adopt online registration – disproportionately affect young people, women, and communities of color.  These are the same groups that are fueling the growth of the Democratic Party and the key to victory for Democratic candidates – and also comprise a majority of all Americans.

“The DNC is fighting to make sure that every eligible voter can register, every registered voter can vote, and every vote cast is counted. This National Voter Registration Day, everyone should take a few minutes to visit IWillVote.com or VoyAVotar2014.com to find out how to register to vote if they haven’t already. And if you are registered to vote, sign the pledge to vote this November at Commit2Vote.com.”

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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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