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Democrats are committed to reining in the power of special interests and ensuring free and fair elections in which every American has a voice. Now, at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to get by, corporations and super PACs run by people like Karl Rove are unleashing hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest advertising intended to tip the balance in elections.

Democrats have fought to limit the influence of special interests and have proposed tough disclosure rules that would bring these shadow groups into the light.

But Republicans have prevented these reforms from even coming to a vote in the Senate. They’ve instead chosen to defend big corporations and special interests at the cost of open and fair elections.

The American people have the right to know the names and motives of those trying to influence the election of leaders who represent them. Transparent elections are the hallmark of a free society, and Democrats are committed to a democracy in which all of us have an equal voice.

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    Voting is one of the most fundamental rights in our democracy. That's why we're launching the Voter Expansion Project. We’re leading the charge to expand the vote, because it's not enough anymore for us to simply protect against voting restrictions.

    Join President Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party in our fight to protect and expand the right to vote.

    Voting is one of the most fundamental rights in our democracy. That's why we're launching the Voter Expansion Project -- to ensure that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted.

    We’re leading the charge to expand the vote, because it's not enough anymore for us to simply protect against voting restrictions.

    Join President Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party in our fight to protect and expand the right to vote.

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  • 17 Seats, 17 Seats, 17 Seats

    After big wins in the 2013 elections, Democrats have the momentum going into 2014. And while we continue to see a Republican Party that's more extreme than ever — one that shut down our government and risked default — there's good news too. Right now, 17 seats is all we need to take back the House and give President Obama a Congress that will work with, not against him. Watch this video on our 2013 victories, then donate so we have the resources it takes to make John Boehner an ex-speaker come 2014.

    After big wins in the 2013 elections, Democrats have the momentum going into 2014. And while we continue to see a Republican Party that's more extreme than ever — one that shut down our government and risked default — there's good news too. Right now, 17 seats is all we need to take back the House and give President Obama a Congress that will work with, not against him. Watch this video on our 2013 victories, then donate so we have the resources it takes to make John Boehner an ex-speaker come 2014.

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    Today, in states from North Carolina to California to New York to Texas, it’s Election Day. Voters in New Jersey and Virginia will vote in two statewide races — and in communities all across America, people will cast ballots for mayors and local officials. All of these elections are incredibly important, and we cannot afford to have you sit at home. We need every vote, if we want to elect Democrats who will fight for you and your family.

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Four things you need to know”

    In an email, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz shared the Democrats' four-point strategy for winning elections in 2013, 2014 and beyond and encouraged supporters to get involved.

    Friend --

    I just got back from the DNC summer meeting in Arizona, so I thought I'd let you in on our strategy for the upcoming year and beyond (because I'm really excited about it).

    We have a four-pronged plan for the coming year:

    Recruiting and training top talent. Our party is only as strong as the people in it. So we're going to focus on identifying great candidates for state and local offices, training organizers across the country, and helping talented young people from all backgrounds break into politics through our Hope Institute program.

    Maintaining and building our digital edge. A big part of the reason we won last year is because our online program and tools were light years ahead of the Republicans. But that's the thing about cutting-edge technology -- it stops being cutting-edge pretty quickly. We're not going to rest on our laurels. We're going to work hard to maintain our edge while developing the next generation of tools.

    Expanding access to the ballot box. Every single thing we do as a party centers on our most fundamental right as Americans -- the right to vote. You've seen Republicans across the country restrict that right by taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision to gut the Voting Rights Act. And we're going to be fighting back by launching a national voter protection program.

    Holding Republicans accountable and promoting the Democratic agenda. You've heard Republicans talk a lot about how they're "rebranding" their party and agenda to be more inclusive after last year's election. But if you've been paying attention to the policies they're supporting, you've noticed that they've only gotten more extreme. We're going to make sure they don't get away with that bait-and-switch.

    Many people are going to work very hard to make sure this plan succeeds, but I have to be straight with you: a main factor in its success or failure will be whether we have the resources to pull it off.

    Chip in $10 or more today and make sure we can put our plan into motion:

    https://my.democrats.org/Our-Strategy

    This is a winning plan -- and I can't wait to get to work on it with you, because we saw last year what we're capable of.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee


    P.S. -- You've seen what we can do when we get this organization operating at its peak -- let's do it again.

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Gov. Dayton of Minnesota vetoed S0509, a law that would have required government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
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