31 Mar

Let me explain:

This is a big moment.  At midnight we’re facing the first FEC fundraising deadline since I was sworn in as California’s U.S. Senator. Let me explain why this matters:

First, the incredible response to these emails covers the modest cost of keeping the lights on for our campaign. It’s not much since our re-election is a few years away. But your donations allow me to focus on doing my job, not fundraising. That’s important.

Second, with Trump in the White House it feels like every single day brings a new attack on the values we share. From assaults on our immigrant communities, attempts to repeal Obamacare, and everything in between, we have to be vigilant in defending the cause of justice, equality, and tolerance that binds us together.

Your donations allow me to focus on doing my job and help us build a coalition of people strong enough to challenge Trump’s radical agenda in Washington. So I’m asking:

Can I count on you to make a contribution to help us hit our fundraising goals before tonight’s all-important FEC fundraising deadline?







As always, I’m deeply grateful for everything you do. Supporters like you are the primary reason I’m serving the people of California at such an important moment in our nation’s history.

Fight on,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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31 Mar

We are fighting back, and we are winning

California Democrats are fighting back against Trump, and we are winning.

Last week, Leader Pelosi led the charge to stop the GOP from repealing the Affordable Care Act. As Trump’s ties to Russia are revealed, Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein are on the frontlines calling for an independent investigation. And right here in California, our Democratic-led legislature is showing the nation what true progressive policy can look like.

But to keep fighting back — and to keep winning — we’re counting on your support to reach our $5,000 end-of-quarter fundraising goal by this Fr‌iday at mid‌night.

Will you be a part of this? Join the fight with a contribution of $25 today.

Since the election, thousands of Californians across our state are joining the movement to resist Trump’s agenda of hate and intolerance, and the Republican party is taking notice.

Your voice and your support are what empower our elected leaders and our party to fight to protect our communities and our values.

Will you continue to make your voice heard with a contribution today?

Make a gift of $25 now to help us reach our end-of-quarter goal together.

Thank you for being a part of this fight.


Chris Masami Myers
Executive Director
California Democratic Party



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31 Mar

I’m asking for your help

Join us.

Our first quarterly fundraising deadline of 2017 is tomorrow, and we need your help to make sure Democrats have a strong showing. Pitch in $10 or more right now.


Last week, Michael, people like you and your neighbors in California united to protect affordable health care for every American. We saved Obamacare because Democrats came together to make our voices heard. It was grassroots organizing at its finest.

But we can’t spike the football. Not yet. Republicans are licking their wounds and regrouping, and they won’t rest until the Affordable Care Act is gone for good — so neither can we.

On Friday night, I hit the airport and headed straight to Michigan so I could join Tom to meet with local advocates and activists. We still have a lot of tough fights ahead of us — fights that millions of hardworking Americans are counting on us to win — which means we have to keep our heads in the game.

So I’m gonna ask you for a favor. Tomorrow is the first quarterly deadline of 2017, and I want to make sure we give it everything we’ve got between now and midnight tomorrow so Democrats can close March strong and step into April ready to keep fighting.

My ask is, if you can, to pitch in $10 or whatever you’re able to now.

If you’ve saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.

Or donate another amount.

Thanks for stepping up today.


Keith Ellison
Deputy Chair
Democratic National Committee

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31 Mar


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


For Immediate Release

March 30, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


State Assembly Members Jimmy Gomez, Miguel Santiago, Blanca Rubio, Eduardo Garcia and Jacqui Irwin Endorse Senator Ricardo Lara
LONG BEACH, CA — Signifying the far-reaching energy and enthusiasum surrounding his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara locked down five endorsements from influential Southern California State Assembly Members, including:

  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin

Senator Ricardo Lara noted his gratitude for the endorsements by releasing the following statement:

“I have tremendous respect for these leaders and am so grateful for their support. Their early confidence in my campaign is encouraging and underscores the robust momentum our campaign has from its very inception. I look forward to collaborating with these leaders in the months ahead to advance progressive policies that protect consumers, working people, children and families, as well as our immigrant communities, while also teaming up with them to expand our statewide effort and broaden our support throughout California.”

Only days since entering the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has had the wind at his back, receiving a slew of high-powered endorsements including from:

  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby

Just last week, Senator Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he is running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by previously releasing the following statement:

“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.

“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”

As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.

In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.

Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.

His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

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31 Mar

14 seats and 21 months

Last week, we put California Republicans on notice.

Our message was clear: They could protect the Affordable Care Act, or we would hold them accountable at the ballot box.

Well, last week’s bill may have fizzled for them, but Congressional Republicans have made it clear that they are willing to gamble with the health and lives of millions of Californians. We need to replace them with Democrats who will fight for our values and expand access to health care.

Make a contribution of $10 today, so we can start laying the groundwork for Democratic wins in 2018.

With marches, rallies, calls, and tweets, it was the voices and actions of everyday people — including countless Californians — that successfully scuttled the vote to repeal Obamacare.

By harnessing that same energy, we can run winning races to turn Republican California House seats blue. Here are the numbers:

  • We are facing 14 GOP congresspeople up for reelection in California in 2018
  • We have 21 months to build the campaigns and support the Democrats who will defeat them
  • We need to raise $3,425 by Fri‌day to lay the groundwork for those victories

By coming together, we can reach this end-of-quarter goal and elect Democrats who will fight to expand health care access to all.

Will you make a contribution of $10 today to support our work building for Democratic victories in 2018?

Thanks for being a California Democrat,

Shawnda Westly
Senior Strategist
California Democratic Party




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