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26 Apr
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$18.32

Just a few moments ago, I announced I would no longer accept contributions from corporate PACs. I hope you’ll give me a moment to explain why I am making this important decision.

Since taking office last year, I have witnessed firsthand the outsized influence of large corporations in our government.

Citizens United has allowed them to spend virtually unlimited sums of money to influence our elections, tipping the balance of power in our democracy from voters to corporate PACs.

That’s why Republicans worked so quickly to pass legislation granting tax breaks to wealthy corporations at the direct expense of working people and seniors. Large corporations and their wealthy donors demanded it, so they did it.

As corporate PACs continue to corrupt our politics and twist Congress’ priorities at your expense, we’re going to focus on raising money from small-dollar, individual donors like you.

Our average contribution over the previous year is just $18.32 — a number I am very proud of. Your support has helped us raise millions for my colleagues and non-profit organizations assisting victims of natural disasters.

Working together I believe we have the power to address the real injustices that exist in America today. That begins by reforming our broken campaign finance system so that we can reset the agenda in Washington.

We don’t have to accept a system that drowns out the voices of the American people. We can do better.

Thanks for everything you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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26 Apr
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Please watch – Teresa’s story

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

I wanted to make sure you saw our latest video, part of our “Your Stories” tour. Teresa is a farmworker and an inspiring leader who’s working with other women to address sexual harassment in the fields. She’s doing incredible work, and I met with her to hear and share her story.

This was a difficult interview to do, but an important one. It’s a reminder that women everywhere have #MeToo stories, including those who are often left out of the conversation.

As Governor, I’ll be committed to lifting up the voices of our most vulnerable, and making sure we have the policies in place to actually end this behavior once and for all.

Please click here to watch and share this important story.

Thank you,

Amanda Renteria is running for Governor in California — because its time for new voices who can change the culture of politics. Amanda recently stepped down as Chief of Operations for California’s Department of Justice. She is the daughter of former farmworkers in the Central Valley who went on to attend Stanford and Harvard. Since beginning her career in public service nearing two decades ago, she has served as a High School teacher, a budget analyst in one of California’s largest cities, and became the first Latina Chief of Staff in history of the United States Senate. It’s time to inspire a new generation of leaders and build a California ready for the future. Click here to donate if you agree.

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26 Apr
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Valadao, “monitoring the situation” isn’t enough

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

These headlines have our community feeling anxious these days:

The Fresno Bee: “Valley farmers suffer in trade war over tariffs”
The Modesto Bee: “Why Trump’s trade war will hurt the Central Valley”
Bakersfield.com: “Could Trump trade war hurt Kern County ag?”

Folks are wising up to the fact that Trump’s ill-advised trade war is going to devastate the Central Valley’s small businesses, farmers, and workers. These tariffs on our almonds, grape, and dairy products couldn’t have come at a worse time for working families trying to make ends meet while raising a family.

That’s why it’s an absolute shame that all Rep. David Valadao has offered to his constituents is that he’s “monitoring the situation” while this administration destroys our local economy.

It’s time we had a representative that will hold Trump and the rest of the GOP accountable when they attack our way of life in the Central Valley. Chip in a donation to bring back leadership that will advocate for our local needs — not enable Trump’s assault on our economy the way Valadao has >>

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I work in the nut processing and manufacturing business, so I know how important it is for local families that our businesses can sell their goods to customers around the world.

That’s why Trump’s trade war, and Valadao’s inability to stand up for the Central Valley, is such a betrayal of this community.

Chip in to bring real representation back to working families in our district →

Thank you,

TJ Cox

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23 Apr
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CDP Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 4/20/18

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this weeks activities. 

CDP Salutes Student Walk Out

Today, on the 19th Anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, tens of thousands of students across the state walked out of class to once again to demonstrate their determination to pass new gun violence laws.

Your CDP Team is in awe of these students. Their courage, their conviction, and their unshakeable willingness to hold their leaders accountable is truly one of the most hopeful and inspirational counterpoints to the bad news that seems to come in an endless stream these days.

We are proud to stand with these students, and our Party must do everything we can to nurture and empower these brilliant young leaders.

CDP Implements In-Person Harassment Training for Staff & Officers

Your CDP Team is tremendously proud of the #MeToo and #TimesUp Activists in the ranks of our Party who have been at the forefront of the extraordinary movements to challenge the pervasive culture of harassment, assault and discrimination that women face every day.

 

We believe it’s vital that our Party takes every step possible to make the CDP a safe and welcoming space for all. We established a Sexual Assault and Harassment hotline for our Convention, and we will continue to provide the hotline at future Executive Board meetings and State Conventions. And one of CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman’s first directives after he assumed office was for our HR team to update our personnel policies to reflect the most current best practices in preventing sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.  

As part of that Directive, the Chair also revived the practice of mandatory, in-person training for all CDP Staff and Officers, which were held over the past two Fridays. The CDP Team took advantage of programming developed by the Democratic National Committee and made available to State Parties through the Association of State Democratic Chairs.  

Our Party must be a safe and welcoming space for all, free from harassment, bullying or intimidation. We must do everything we can to promote a culture of inclusion and respect, and we will keep looking for opportunities to promote that culture within our Party.

Fiona Ma is a Treasure(r)

On Monday, just ahead of the April 17 tax deadline, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma highlighted the Earned Income Tax Credit, which puts real money in the hands of working parents.

The Governor and the Legislature –  with an assist from BOE Member Ma and many activists for working families – fought hard to expand the EITC in recent years, so that we can provide more help to struggling parents.

Housing and transportation costs keep rising, and families are having a harder and harder time keeping up. The EITC helps those families by giving them a real tax credit for their work, and we want to do everything we can to highlight this vital resource for parents.

Find out more by visiting the EITC Page on the Franchise Tax Board’s website. And even though we are past the April 17 tax deadline, if you or someone you know can benefit from this credit, you can file an amended return, and even find resources to help you complete that process.

And make sure to check out Fiona Ma’s website to learn more about her race for State Treasurer!

Mayhem for the Midterms

We don’t know about you, but after the workday is done and Rachel Maddow has caught us up on the latest and craziest out of D.C., Your CDP Team likes to kick back and have a few laughs. And wouldn’t you know it, our friends in San Mateo are giving us the perfect opportunity to do just that right after the Primary is over! 

Don’t miss Mayhem for the Midterms on June 8, an evening of comedy presented by the San Mateo County Democratic Party and hosted by Comedy Central’s Dan St. Paul. San Mateo is beautiful in the spring, and in this crazy time we’re living in, we could all use a good laugh.

Get your tickets here.

Like, Dude, its 4/20

The CDP proudly endorsed California’s historic proposition to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Implementation has largely gone smoothly. Tax revenues from the sale of cannabis are already benefiting schools and communities across the state. Taco Bell stock has risen 69 percent since Prop 19 passed. (Not kidding, it actually has).  

On this 4/20, we salute the activists who sparked this dramatic policy change… The tireless and dedicated core of believers whose blunt talk cut through the seemingly chronic haze of uncertainty and misunderstanding… And of course, the voters themselves who stood in line, sometimes in dank conditions, in order to blaze a trail for sensible cannabis policies.

Be safe everyone. Pass to the left, and don’t smoke and drive.

  

199 Days Until the Election.

–CDP Weekly Update

 

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23 Apr
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She listens

*** Betty Yee has been endorsed for State Controller by the CDP ***

Betty Yee for State Controller

I am honored by the numerous endorsements I have earned for my re-election campaign from organizations that stand up for workers, women, our environment, and more, and from elected and civic leaders throughout California.  Heading into these 2018 elections, all of us are surrounded by a noisy world of 24-hour reports of “news,” quick sound bites of “information,” and higher decibel “conversations” that are intended to energize yet mostly mask what is important.

So imagine my surprise when I read the following message I recently received:

“I had the pleasure of meeting Betty Yee during her first campaign for State Controller.  I was pleasantly surprised the first time she greeted me after her election.  Unlike many candidates whose personal attention lasts until they get your vote, Betty’s did not diminish in the least.  If anything, her sincerity, consideration and ability to listen has increased during her tenure in office.  I also know this story is not unique to me.  I have heard similar accounts from others.  I am honored to endorse her again to continue as our State Controller.”  Barbara Nelson, Assembly District 65 Delegate     

Please join Barbara Nelson in supporting my re-election by contributing $10, $25, or $50 so I may continue to listen and learn what is top of mind for Californians in all regions of our state during these noisy, uncertain times.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Betty

Betty T. Yee

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23 Apr
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Eleni is breaking through…

*** No candidate for Lt. Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Eleni is going to break through a glass ceiling and become the first woman ever elected Lt. Governor in California. But she can only win with your help. 

Tomorrow is the last major fundraising deadline before the June Primary, and we are still short of reaching our goal. Can you make your contribution right now?

In case you missed the CALMatters article this week, Kounalakis said, ‘I’ve primarily taken contributions from individuals, many women who are excited about electing the first woman ever to be lieutenant governor of California…’”

We definitely feel the excitement building.

Women across this state are uniting behind Eleni’s campaign – because she is qualified, experienced, and the courageous leader California needs right now. She has earned the endorsement of CA National Organization for Women (NOW), EMILY’s List, California Women’s List, National Women’s Political Caucus, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and local women’s groups throughout the state.

Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswomen Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Doris Matsui, Nanette Barragan, and Carolyn Maloney, and so many state and local leaders are also lining up to support this campaign.

And now, we need YOU. Please make a donation before the deadline tomorrow night.

Thank you, 

Aleksandra Reetz

Finance Team

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23 Apr
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California Labor Federation Endorses Alex Padilla for Secretary of State

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Alex Padilla

I am thrilled to share that I have received the endorsement of the California Labor Federation!

This is what California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski has to say.

Raised in a union household, Alex Padilla has fought for the rights of working families at all levels of government. As Secretary of State, Alex Padilla is working to make it easier for working Californians to register and vote so that their voices are heard in the political process. At a time when voting rights, basic worker protections and the right to stand together in a union on the job are under attack, the California Labor Federation stands with Alex Padilla.

Let me tell you why this endorsement is personal.

I was raised in a union household. Growing up, the restaurant my father worked in was organized by H.E.R.E. Local 11. I saw first-hand how a good contract ensured his good wages and benefits. More importantly, those wages and benefits afforded my parents the dignity of providing for our family and paying the mortgage.

I’m honored and thankful for the California Labor Federation’s recognition of the work I’m doing to register more voters and increase voter participation.

Will you chip in $10 to help me continue my work ensuring all Californians can easily register and vote?

Thank you,

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

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