Contribute Now to A Bluer Congress in 2008

by Jon Adams

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This page is dedicated to raising money to help progressive democrats in close races and increase our majorities in Congress.

In the House, we need to help strong, freshmen democrats who face tough re-election fights—a congressman is far more vulnerable in the two elections after first being elected. We also need to help strong progressive challengers who can help us obtain a truly progressive house of representatives in 2008.

In the Senate, 2008 presents a golden chance to gain a number of seats. Progressive democrats have great chances in a number of states—and opportunities keep on coming.



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Mark Udall

CO-Sen

Mark Udall has been a member of congress since 1999 and is now running for the open Colorado senate seat. In Congress, he has fought hard for progressive causes, including stopping the war in Iraq, protection of the environment, and support for health care and labor rights. He has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, and the Human Rights Campaign.

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Al Franken

MN-Sen

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Tom Allen

ME-Sen

Congressman Tom Allen has represented half of Maine since 1996. He is a Rhodes Scholar and is a Harvard educated lawyer. In Congress, he has established a reputation as a solidly dependable progressive leader. He voted against the Iraq war and has consistently voted against Bush’s efforts to prolong and escalate the war. On the other hand, Susan Collins was an early supporter of the Iraq war and has handed Bush a blank check at every opportunity.

Update: The June Rasmussen poll has Allen seven points behind, but gaining every month.

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Tom Udall

NM-Sen

Tom Udall is currently in Congress where he has served since 1999. From 1991-1998, he served as New Mexico's attorney general. He has a strong progressive record fighting for working people, for high quality health care, protection of the environment, supporting the rights of women, minorities, and human rights, and to end the war in Iraq.

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Andrew Rice

OK-Sen

It is hard to find a more extreme right-wing zealot in Congress than Republican Senator Jim Inhofe. Inhofe is probably best known for his belief that global warming is a “hoax” foisted on the public by the liberal activists. He has compared environmentalists to "Nazis" and the Environmental Protection Agency to the "Gestapo." After release of photos taken at Abu Ghraib prison, he showed no concern for what had been done, but said he was “outraged by the outrage” that followed the release.

His Democratic opponent, Andrew Rice, is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School. In 1999, he directed a documentary film about an ex-con in India running a hospice for people with HIV. His life was drastically altered when his brother was killed in the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Afterward, Rice dedicated his life to public service. He is now an Oklahoma State Senator where he has proven to be effective working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Rice is a real populist with plenty of progressive ideas about how government should serve people. He knows that global climate change is real and threatens our way of life. He is fighting for veterans and tax reform for the middle class.

Rice will be a great senator. He deserves our support.

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Kay Hagan

NC-Sen

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Carol Shea-Porter

NH-01

In one of the biggest upsets of 2006, Carol Shea-Porter unseated a GOP incumbent 51-49 in a district that has been Republican for decades. She is the quintessential grassroots member of congress and represents her constituents—not special interests. Since being elected, Shea-Porter has been a consistent progressive voice in Congress She opposed the FISA bill, supported the McGovern Amendment, and has tirelessly worked to bring the troops home. She has authored a bill to increase Pell grants and introduced legislation to stop Bush's signing statements. She deserves our early support.

Shea-Porter's race is rated consistently as one of the top ten Democratic seats at risk in 2008.

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Jerry McNerney

CA-11

Renewable energy executive Jerry McNerney was elected in 2006, defeating one of the worst anti-environmental Republicans, ethically challenged Richard Pombo. The district leans Republican and Jerry has another tough fight in 2008. Nearly every national rating rates the race as one of the ten toughest for a democrat in Congress.

In complete contrast to the man he defeated in 2006, McNerney has a 100% pro-environment voting record. Overall, he has voted progressive again and again. He deserves our support. If Jerry can win in 2008, we can keep him for a long time and turn the district blue for years.

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Joe Garcia

FL-25

Joe Garcia is a strong progressive leader. He understands that health care needs to be reliable, available and affordable. He supports expanding coverage to 10 million children immediately and will fight to bring health care to all Americans. He will fight to end to the War in Iraq responsibly and bring our troops home. He will strengthen the middle class by bringing new jobs to Florida and making college affordable. He will fight for a clean environment. Unlike his opponent, he supports Everglades restoration. He supports an energy solution that will move America towards alternative sources of energy and protect the Florida everglades from polluters and reckless development.

The incumbent Republican voted against expanding the Children’s Health Plan to cover 10 million kids, voted to grant immunity to telecommunication companies who spied on Americans, and voted for the war and every single bill to fund or expand it.

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Nancy Boyda

KS-02

Nancy Boyda won 51% of the vote in 2006 in this very republican district, even as she was outspent by more than 50%. She is on everyone's list as one of the most endangered Democratic members of congress.

Boyda deserves our support. She has voted against the war in Iraq every time. And she voted against giving Bush warrantless wiretap authority. Indeed, although she represents a very red district, she has voted "progressive" 84% of the time. What a contrast to the right-wing zealot she defeated in 2006—who is running against her now.

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Darcy Burner

WA-08

Darcy Burner is a former Microsoft employee and an exceptionally gifted new politician. Her district is trending blue. She is passionate advocate for ending the war and bringing the troops home safely and for protecting our Constitution from those who would shred it. Burner came very close to winning in 2006. 2008 is her year, if we help give her the resources to get the word out.

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John Yarmuth

KY-03

In 2006, John Yarmuth defeated Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell’s right-wing protégé Anne Northup 51-49, turning this Louisville district blue for the first time in a decade. In Congress, Yarmuth has stood up to the Bush administration in Congress. He has condemned Bush’s reckless Iraq policy and has voted against expanding Bush’s unchecked warrantless wiretapping powers on American citizens. His voting record is "progressive" 94% of the time.

Yarmuth's 2008 opponent again will be Northup, who is back for a rematch. Over the past decade, Northup has proven to be an expert at raising bundles of money from big companies, particularly, tobacco companies, HMO's, and polluters. In 2008, McConnell will be on the ballot, bringing the Republicans to the polls. Yarmuth needs early help to keep this seat blue.

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Larry Kissell

NC-08

Schoolteacher Larry Kissell may have run the most creative campaign in 2006. Heavily outspent (more than 3-1), and with only 88 dollars in the bank five weeks before the election, he came within 327 votes of winning. 2008 will be his year if he is given the financial backing he needs.

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Charlie Brown

CA-04

Lt. Col. Charlie Brown is a 26-year military veteran who served from Vietnam to the Gulf War and is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 2006, he barely missed defeating ethically-challenged and reactionary incumbent John Doolittle in this very republican district, even though he was badly outspent.

Brown is a strong opponent of the Iraq war and is working hard to bring decency to this district's representation. But he needs the financial resources to compete. Please help.

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Harry Mitchell

AZ-05

In 2006, solid progressive Harry Mitchell unseated right-winger J.D. Hayworth with 50.4% of the vote in this Republican leaning district. Stu Rothenberg ranks this seat as one of the ten most vulnerable democratic seats in 2008 and Congressional Quarterly ranks this as one of the 22 toughest races for Democratic incumbents.

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