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2014 Is going to be a tough year for Democrats to win back the House, especially with Steve Israel once again running the DCCC. But that doesn't mean we can't elect more progressives in both primaries and in the general election. That's our goal.
The Blue America PAC was founded in time for the 2006 midterm elections, in which a host of progressive candidates were elected, including many candidates we backed. Our top pick in 2006, Donna Edwards, was defeated but went on to win in 2008, and was reelected in 2010. Many of our candidates from 2006 and 2008 were defeated for reelection in the tsunami of 2010 when voters told Democrats to get their act together and differentiate themselves from Republicans by standing up for working families. The voters helped them along that path by defeating more than two dozen conservative Blue Dogs, over half of their aisle-crossing caucus. Unfortunately excellent Blue America-backed incumbents like Alan Grayson, Carol Shea-Porter, John Hall, Mark Schauer and Mary Jo Kilroy were swept up in the wave.
In this cycle we'll be using what we've learned since 2006 to help more progressives to overcome the massive financial advantage corporately backed conservatives always have over candidates who fight for ordinary families instead of special interests.
The beginning of the process is to help recruit solid progressives in a slew of races where Republicans narrowly managed to get into office in the midst of a national discontent that wasn't kind to Democratic incumbents. You'll be able to keep abreast of developments along these lines at the three blogs that work together to keep this PAC going, Crooks and Liars, Digby's Hullabaloo and DownWithTyranny.
Blue America doesn't work in safe districts where our help isn't needed. We look for tough races where a little encouragement, some financial help and some advice could go a long way, especially with candidates unlikely to get much help from the DCCC or the DSCC.
Among Blue America pages you will find actions dedicated to specific endeavors, like defeating Blue Dogs, rewarding members of Congress who have been fighting for meaningful health care or for ending the disastrous occupation of Afghanistan. There is even a page dedicated specifically to giving props to progressive hero Alan Grayson and one dedicated to the best challengers running for the U.S. Senate this year. I'm kind of partial to the one that Digby came up with to send a message to the Inside the Beltway Establishment by supporting BETTER Democrats, the non-corporate kind.
Blue America is a Netroots based political action committee devoted to supporting congressional candidates who are committed to progressive policies. We ask people from across the country and the world to contribute to campaigns far from their own local districts out of a shared belief that America needs a strong national movement comprised of activists, citizens and elected officials who care for the common good.
Blue America does not try to dictate policy agendas or political strategy to the campaigns it supports. Local concerns and practical considerations always make each race unique. Progressive values, like equality under the law for example, are not principles we expect to see compromised.
The 2010 cycle will be the third for Blue America. In 2006 and 2008 we helped elect such outstanding members of Congress as Donna Edwards (D-MD), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Joe Sestak (D-PA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mark Schauer (D-MI), John Hall (D-NY), Jim Himes (D-CT), Eric Massa (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jared Polis (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tom Perriello (D-VA) and several others. Please keep reading Blue America's constituent blogs, Crooks and Liars, FireDogLake, Digby's Hullabaloo and DownWithTyranny to learn about our endorsements and to suggest your own favorite candidates for consideration.