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Democracy for America (DFA) is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government—from school board to the presidency. DFA fights against the influence of the far right-wing and their radical, divisive policies and the selfish special interests that for too long have dominated our politics. In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ...


Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor and presidential-nomination candidate, founded the organization, which is now chaired by his brother, Jim Dean. It aims to increase grass-roots participation in the Democratic Party and in government as a whole by encouraging members of the public to involve themselves in the political process both as activists and as candidates. Dr. Howard Dean Howard Brush Dean III, M.D. (born November 17, 1948) is a prominent Democratic politician in the United States. ... State nickname: The Green Mountain State Other U.S. States Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas Official languages None Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3. ... President of the United States - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... (Redirected from 2004 Democratic primary) The 2004 U.S. Democratic Party presidential nomination process was a series of primaries and caucuses culminating in the Democratic National Convention that decided which pair of candidates would represent the Democrats in the 2004 election for President and Vice President of the United States. ... Grassroots democracy is the political processes which are driven by groups of ordinary citizens, as opposed to larger organisations or wealthy individuals with concentrated vested interests in particular policies. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


The organization focuses on:

  • Supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates for all levels of office using grassroot volunteers, money, and advice in order to build a farm team of progressive candidates.
  • Training grassroots in get out the vote techniques.
  • Giving back to the community through service projects via DFA Corps.
  • Working with other progressive organizations. Some of this work is facilitated through their participation in America Votes.

All U.S. states have local affiliates of Democracy for America. America Votes is a 527 group non_partisan political organization formed in July 2003 made up of a coalition of grassroots political groups to coordinate their work in the swing states on the 2004 presidential election. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ...


See also

The Dean Dozen, in American politics, was the collective term for six groups of 12 candidates endorsed by Democracy for America, the political action committee led by former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, in the 2004 elections. ... A group of local progressive activists from the Nashua, New Hampshire area formed around the Nashua Democracy for America meetup in December 2004. ... America Coming Together, commonly abbreviated ACT, is a 527 committee dedicated to get-out-the-vote activities. ...

External link

  • Official website (http://www.democracyforamerica.com)
  • Official Blog (http://www.blogforamerica.com)
  • DFA Meetup (http://dfa.meetup.com)

DFA Community Links

  • New Jersey for Democracy (http://www.njfordemocracy.org)
  • Rochester DFA (http://www.dfarochester.com/)
  • Miami DFA (http://www.grassrootsmiami.com/)
  • Minnesota DFA (http://democracyforminnesota.org/)
  • Democracy for Pittsburgh (http://www.pghdfa.org/blo/)
  • NorthEastern Ohio Democracy for America (neodfa) (http://www.neodfa.com)

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Democracy in America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (731 words)
Democracy in America was also seen to have its potential downside: the despotism of public opinion, the tyranny of majorities, the absence of intellectual freedom which seemed to him to degrade administration and bring statesmanship, learning, and literature to the level of the lowest.
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Alexis de Tocqueville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2144 words)
In Democracy in America (1835), Alexis de Tocqueville praised the New World and the democracy it would bring, while at the same time warning against the dangers of tyranny of the majority and what he called 'mild' despotism.
He saw democracy as an equation that balanced liberty and equality, concern for the individual as well as the community.
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