Bernie Sanders has won the endorsement of Democracy for America!
With 271,527 votes cast -- and all three presidential candidates campaigning directly for your vote -- the results are in and they are extraordinary.
Bernie Sanders has earned Democracy for America's endorsement in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary with an astonishing, record-breaking 87.9% of the vote (including 77.8% of voters who were already members of DFA prior to the poll being launched on December 7).
This is an historic moment for DFA, for the progressive movement, for the Democratic Party, for people-powered politics -- and for Bernie supporters who relentlessly rallied over nine intense days to Get Out The Vote and win this pivotal endorsement.
Election Day in Iowa and New Hampshire is coming fast. Will you help mobilize progressives to get out the vote for Bernie? Contribute $3 or more right now to both Bernie Sanders and DFA by 11:59pm PT on Saturday -- and show the establishment the power of the DFA grassroots army.
This is the first time since our founding that DFA members have chosen to make an endorsement in a presidential primary and it couldn't have happened without the participation and Get Out The Vote efforts of members like you. With your help, Bernie was able to easily clear 67% -- a two-thirds threshold that TIME Magazine called a "high bar" -- undeniably demonstrating the overwhelming support he has from our members.
We're grateful to each of the Democratic candidates -- Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders -- for participating fully in this process and making it clear how much they value our support.
Now, driven by the relentless energy of DFA members, well immediately start organizing on behalf of Bernie in key primary states, from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to nearly a dozen states voting on Super Tuesday. Well also be building -- as Bernie has called for -- a political revolution ready to elect populist progressive candidates nationwide to local school boards, city councils, and state legislatures, and all the way up to the U.S. Senate.
We know that our people-powered organization can make a huge difference in this election and our first chance to prove it starts now. Please join me on this historic day in showing Bernie -- and the establishment -- that DFA members are working to win.
This endorsement can be a game-changer -- but only if DFA members step up right now and take action. Please click here to contribute $3 or more right now to both Bernie Sanders and DFA by 11:59pm PT on Saturday -- and show the establishment the power of the DFA grassroots army.
At DFA, a cornerstone of our electoral vision for revitalizing the Democratic Party is the knowledge that primaries matter -- and Bernie's campaign is a perfect example of why they do.
Like DFA members, Bernie has kept the fight against income inequality front and center in the presidential race. The 2016 presidential primary election couldve been dominated by the same Republican-Lite rhetoric that helped Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate in 2014. Instead, Bernies ideas and solutions for rebuilding the middle class have dominated the debate. His success has helped move critical issues like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, breaking up the big banks and getting big money out of politics -- all issues supported by the majority of Americans nationwide -- into the mainstream of the Democratic Party.
And Bernie is doing all of this while building a powerful, insurgent campaign that is steadily dismantling the conventional wisdom of DC skeptics who claimed he would never have a chance to win.
Bernie has held several huge events with tens of thousands of people in places like Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts -- but the political revolution hasnt been limited just to liberal states. Over 8,000 showed up at a rally in Dallas, Texas, over 9,200 at an event in South Carolina, and over 11,000 people attended a July rally in Phoenix, Arizona, during one of the hottest days of the year. All in all, the Washington Post reports that over a four-week period this summer, more than 100,000 people attended Bernie's rallies, proving that his vision for America resonates across the country no matter where you live.
Its not just the crowds. Bernie is polling in first place in New Hampshire and is in striking distance of a win in Iowa. The campaign broke a record just last night, as the first presidential campaign in history to bring in over 2 million individual contributions this early in the primary contest.
We're excited to be backing a bold progressive champion like Bernie, and we're going into full campaign mode to support him but -- as a grassroots progressive movement organization -- we're going to need some significant resources to make it happen.
Do you want DFA to be able to go all-in for Bernie? Maximize the impact of this critical endorsement by chipping in $3 or more to support Bernie Sanders and DFA immediately. DEADLINE: 11:59pm PT, Saturday, December 19.
Of course, this isn't the first time DFA has stood side by side with Bernie Sanders. Our organization has been working with him to make progressive change happen for years.
Together, we've run issue campaigns focused on raising the minimum wage, overturning Citizens United and stopping the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and he has regularly chatted with our members on several DFA Live conference calls over the years.
On one riveting DFA Live call last year, Bernie warmly praised DFA members and celebrated the economic populism that has defined DFA, especially over the last two years: "Income inequality is the greatest moral, economic, and political issue facing our country today. That's why I've been so impressed with DFA's relentless work to address it."
The fact that Sen. Sanders was able to win our endorsement vote by such a huge margin is proof of the incredible energy and enthusiasm his campaign is inspiring. As Bernie himself so often says, this isn't just about him -- it's about bringing new people and energy into a movement that will fight for working families far into the future.
DFA has a long history of backing progressive candidates in contested primaries -- and when we give our endorsement, it's more than just talk. In every election cycle since Howard Dean founded DFA in 2004, not only have DFA members supported progressive candidates with their donations -- DFA members have also been the invaluable "boots on the ground" candidates need to get them over the top in close races.
We know how to build progressive power -- and that's exactly what well do in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond, by recruiting and training volunteers, fundraising for the campaign, and uplifting the issues that matter in this election.
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be working with the Sanders campaign to maximize our impact, add value, and help drive the campaign to victory. But the first action you can take right now -- with only 45 days left until voting begins in Iowa -- is to make the most of this pivotal moment with a huge, meaningful show of support for Bernie.
The political establishment is watching to see what kind of impact this endorsement will have on the presidential race. Lets show them we cant be stopped. Please chip in $3 or more now to support Bernie and DFA by 11:59pm PT on Saturday and show them that we're in this to win it!
Thanks for your vote and your support in this exciting and critical moment for the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.
Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America
the course of the last few days came out for Bernie!
and quite a twist with Howard Dean campaigning for Hillary. IIRC his brother is more directly running DFA and is more of a Bernie supporter (correct me if I'm wrong).
Anyway great job Bernie supporters, his campaign seems to have gained momentum recently, as it should.
Still time for any well-meaning Hillary supporters to join us and work for Bernie. If Hillary wins the primart they can still support her in the general election, but working for Bernie in the primary is clearly where it's at.
The corporate wing has massive funding and infrastructure, we need all the help we can get. We have people power (millions of us) and an honest devoted consistent public servant at the head of the movement. Go Bernie!!!
Awaiting the Swarm to tell us how this isn't "scientific." 'Course, this one carries with the DFA endorsement! Oh yeah!
No matter how you spin it, Bernie won this poll hands down.