Blog from May, 2019

The Democratic National Committee, Chair Tom Perez, DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins, Deputy National Finance Chairs Shefali Razdan Duggal, Daniel Halpern, Barbara Armand Kushner & Diane Robertson, AALC Co-Chair Adjoa B. Asamoah, and DNC Officers Michael Blake, Karen Carter Peterson, Jaime Harrison, and Lorna Johnson cordially invite you to the IWillVote Gala in Atlanta. 

Host Committee 
Barbara Armand
Adjoa Asamoah
Dr. JP & Maggie Austin
Governor Roy Barnes
Dr. Stephen and Arnika Dawkins
Mareco Edwards
Heather Foster
Daniel and Sonya Halpern
Stephen Hightower & Bernita McCann
Nicole Leffer
Kristin Oblander
Diane Robertson
Alfreda Robinson
Bertram Scott
Clark Seydel
Justin Tanner 
Michèle Taylor
Adrienne White

Details & RSVP
Thursday, June 6 | 6:00 p.m.
Address Upon RSVP | Atlanta, GA

All sponsorship packages and gala tickets include admittance to the African American Leadership Summit on June 6. Following your purchase, you will receive a subsequent link to register for the summit. To purchase a ticket for the Summit only, please do so here. 

Please contact Haley Link Krogman at if you have any questions.

To request a reasonable accommodation for disability, please contact Ted Jackson at or (202) 854-1626 no later than June 1, 2019 at 6:00pm ET.

DNC Announces Details For Third Presidential Primary Debate
ABC News, along with Univision, to host third debate, to be held during the second week of September

Today, the DNC announced that ABC News, in partnership with Univision, will host the third debate.  The debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on September 12 and the potential second night on September 13.

Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2)  showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible.  Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle.

The debate will air on the ABC television network, on Univision with Spanish translation, and on ABC News Live, the network’s streaming channel. It will be available on the website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch, among other outlets.  Location, format and moderators will be announced at a future date.  

The qualification criteria for the September debate will also remain in place for October’s DNC-sanctioned debate. To qualify for the September and October debates, candidates must meet both the Polling Threshold and the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, as detailed below:

  1. Polling Threshold. Candidates must receive 2% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the following criteria (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):
  • Each poll must be sponsored by an approved organization, which presently includes the following: Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University. Any candidate’s four qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same organization, must be in different geographical areas.  The DNC and its media partners reserve the right to add a Nevada-specific poll sponsor to this list in the near future.
  • For the September debate, each poll must be publicly released between June 28, 2019, and August 28, 2019.  Deadlines for qualifying polls ahead of the October debate will be released in the future.
  • Each poll’s candidate support question must have been conducted by reading or presenting a list of Democratic presidential primary candidates to respondents. (Poll questions using an open-ended or un-aided question to gauge presidential primary support will not count).
  • Each polling result must be the top-line number listed in the original public release from the approved sponsoring organization/institution, whether or not it is a rounded or weighted number.
  1. Grassroots Fundraising Threshold. Candidates must submit a certification, executed by the Presidential candidate’s campaign Treasurer, demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from a minimum of (1) 130,000 unique donors; and (2) 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states. For the September debate, qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on August 28, 2019.  Deadlines for qualifying donations ahead of the October debate will be released in the future. An acceptable certification must provide or attach adequate verifiable evidence to show that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.

May 22, 2019

DNCC and Milwaukee Host Committee Announce New Hires to the Milwaukee Convention

Today, the Democratic National Committee is proud to announce new hires to the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC): Debra Alligood White as DNCC Chief of Staff, who will oversee day-to-day operations of the convention team; Jorge Neri as DNCC Director of Public Engagement; and Teresa Vilmain as a DNCC Senior Advisor.

Additionally, the Convention Host Committee announced key members of its senior leadership team: Liz Gilbert as Host Committee Executive Director, Shirley Ellis as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee, Martha Love as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee, Marcus Switzer as Host Committee Finance Director, and Alex Lasry as Host Committee Finance Chair.

These announcements are just the beginning of what will be robust convention and host committee teams. Additional hires, including members of the technical leadership team, will be announced in the near future.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the team we’ve put together to make sure next summer’s convention is a success,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “By the time the balloons drop in July, I’m confident our nominee will be in the best position to defeat Donald Trump.”

“I’m humbled and excited to work with such an experienced and diverse team,” said DNCC CEO Joe Solmonese. “While we still have a number of critical positions to fill, I have no doubt in my mind that this team will play key leadership roles in successfully organizing one of the most consequential conventions to date.”

“In order to have the best possible convention, we must make sure we have the most experienced people in place who possess the unique skill set required to ensure a convention that reflects the diversity of background and perspective that make Milwaukee special,” said Congresswoman Gwen Moore. “I’m excited about each one of these new additions to our team and look forward to working with them in showcasing our great city in 2020.”

“We look forward to welcoming these staff members who are new to our city,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We’re excited about beginning the work to get Milwaukee ready for our moment in the spotlight.”

DNCC New Hires:

Debra Alligood White will serve as DNCC Chief of Staff, managing day-to-day operations to plan for and execute the Milwaukee Convention. Previously, Debra worked as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Planned Parenthood, where she was part of a leadership team that oversaw a staff of some 500 employees and a budget of some $175 million. She most recently played a key role in helping the organization navigate their leadership transition. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, the Harvard University and UCLA Law School graduate spent more than two decades practicing law.

Jorge Neri will serve as DNCC Director of Public Engagement. Jorge brings a wealth of regional and national political experience, and has spent more than a decade working with democratic stakeholders at the local, state and national levels. Jorge led Hispanic outreach at the White House under President Obama and served as State Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Nevada operation. Most recently, Jorge worked as Campaign Manager for Daley for Mayor, where he led a staff of more than 50 and served as spokesperson for the campaign.

Teresa Vilmain will serve as a DNCC Senior Advisor. Widely regarded as one of the top political strategists in Wisconsin and the national progressive movement, Teresa has directed campaigns and transition efforts for public officials at every level of politics, including Secretary Hillary Clinton and serving as State Director in Wisconsin for the Gore-Liebermann campaign in 2000. She also served as the General Election Strategist for the DNC over the 2004 presidential cycle.

Host Committee New Hires:

Liz Gilbert will serve as Host Committee Executive Director, overseeing the day-to-day efforts of the Host Committee to develop the resources, technical plans, and organizational infrastructure needed for the community of Milwaukee to deliver a successful convention. This will be Liz’s third consecutive cycle working for the convention host committee, having served in 2012 and 2016 in finance and housing roles. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Liz most recently served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Shirley Ellis will serve as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee. Shirley is a highly respected political operative in Milwaukee, having worked with Congresswoman Gwen Moore for nearly three decades. She will be taking a leave of absence from her current role overseeing Rep. Moore’s district staff and operations, and bringing her deep political network, experience, and management skills to the Milwaukee Host Committee.

Marcus Switzer will serve as Host Committee Finance Director. Originally from Milwaukee, Marcus has extensive experience in political and campaign fundraising. Marcus was Deputy National Finance Director for the Hillary for America presidential campaign, where he managed Midwest fundraising efforts. Marcus also held senior roles on President Obama's reelection campaign and within the Obama administration. He served as National Finance Director of the African American Leadership Council (“AALC”) at the Democratic National Committee and as the Deputy Director of the AALC and the Midwest region.

Martha Love will serve as Host Committee Senior Advisor. Martha has extensive experience with the Democratic National Committee and its convention. Martha is currently a DNC member from Wisconsin and  has previously served as chairwoman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Alex Lasry, who chaired the Milwaukee DNC bid committee, will now serve as Finance Chair for the Host Committee. Lasry also serves as Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Bucks.

May 23, 2019


 Trump’s Temper Tantrum

 Judge Upholds Democratic Subpoena

 Trump’s Tax Returns

 Democratic Party Agenda


 RNC Embraces Disgraced Alleged Sexual Predator Steve Wynn

 Trump Orders McGahn Not To Testify

 Alabama Abortion Ban

 Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

 Trump Abuses Power To Attack Political Enemies

 Trump Interferes In House Investigations

 Trump’s Economy


Trump’s Temper Tantrum

  • Democrats gave Trump the opportunity to launch a historic bipartisan infrastructure initiative, but instead he decided to hold the event hostage and throw a temper tantrum.

  • On top of killing plans for infrastructure investment, Trump said that he would not work on any legislative proposals while Democrats continue their investigations.

  • Whether Trump is on board or not, Democrats will continue to work for the American people and help create good-paying jobs.

  • At the same time, Congress will continue to work to uncover the truth for the American people, in the face of Trump’s unprecedented cover-ups. It is their constitutional duty.

Judge Upholds Democratic Subpoena

  • A federal judge upheld a congressional subpoena from House Democrats seeking Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.

    • This is the second subpoena from Democrats upheld by the courts this week.

    • Earlier this week a federal judge upheld a subpoena seeking Trump’s financial records, which he appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • The court's decision deals another blow to Trump’s efforts to undermine the rule of law and obstruct Congress from continuing their investigations.

  • This also serves as further proof that the law is on the Democrats’ side, and despite Trump’s repeated interference, Democrats’ efforts to hold Trump accountable are working,

Trump’s Tax Returns

  • Yesterday, New York State lawmakers voted to turnover Trump’s state tax returns to Congress, and the governor is expected to sign the bill as soon as possible.

  • Americans deserve to know what’s in Trump’s tax returns and how financial interests affect how he governs. This is an important step forward in transparency, after Trump has tried to keep his returns secret.

    • Trump promised on the campaign trail that he'd release his returns. And a majority of Americans still want him to release them.

  • Trump’s Treasury Department broke the law and refused to meet a fourth deadline last week to release six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns to Congress, this time in response to a subpoena.

    • Mnuchin claimed that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda. This is simply not true.

    • A confidential IRS memo prepared last fall contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns.

  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.

  • The Trump administration’s attempts to block the release of Trump's tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?

  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.

Democratic Party Agenda

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.

  • Here’s a look at some of what House Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats reauthorized and expanded the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform and provisions to strengthen our election systems.

  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


RNC Embraces Disgraced Alleged Sexual Predator Steve Wynn

  • The RNC accepted nearly $250,000 last month from Steve Wynn, a former RNC finance chair who resigned after his alleged decades-long pattern of sexual assault and harrassment of his employees became public.

    • Wynn attended a 40-person, high-dollar fundraiser for the Trump campaign and RNC in New York last week.

  • The RNC and Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel promised they would return Wynn’s past donations. Not only have they failed to do that, they’ve now accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars more from him.

    • The RNC said they would return Wynn’s donations if investigations by two state gaming boards and Wynn Resorts found wrongdoing by Wynn. All three investigations found a massive cover-up by Wynn executives, but the RNC is turning a blind eye to those results.

  • Chairwoman McDaniel called repeatedly for the DNC to return donations from Harvey Weinstein, citing his settling with victims as proof of his guilt. We know now that Wynn has settled at least eight cases. How does Chairwoman McDaniel justify accepting nearly a quarter of a million dollars more from him?

  • The RNC must return all of Wynn’s money and condemn his reprehensible behavior. In Chairwoman McDaniel’s own words, if the Republican Party truly stands up for women, then this should be a no-brainer. But of course we know they don’t.

Trump Orders McGahn Not To Testify

  • House Democrats plan to hold Don McGahn in contempt after he refused to show up to testify because Trump ordered him not to.

    • House Democrats subpoenaed McGahn to testify about his involvement in Trump’s obstruction of justice.

  • Mueller’s report laid out clear evidence of Trump’s obstruction. McGahn is a critical witness and saw firsthand Trump’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions with lies.

  • The Trump administration continues to try to cover up Mueller’s findings and prevent Congress from doing its constitutional duty to provide oversight as an equal branch of government.

Alabama Abortion Ban

Background: On Tuesday, hundreds of protests were held across the country to #StopTheBans.

  • Last week, the state of Alabama became the latest example of how Donald Trump’s extremist agenda has emboldened Republican lawmakers across the country to put women at risk.

  • In the middle of National Women’s Health Week, Republicans in the Alabama legislature passed the strictest abortion ban in the country since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land.

  • If implemented, this law would criminalize abortion and could endanger the lives of Alabama women by barring access to safe, legal reproductive health care.

  • With Trump in the White House and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, abortion bans in state legislatures have skyrocketed nationwide in a shameful effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • Last week, the Missouri legislature passed an 8-week abortion ban, which would be one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country.

  • Democrats will always fight to protect women’s reproductive health care rights and stop these dangerous laws from taking effect.

Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

  • Last week, Trump unveiled an immigration plan that doubles down on his unnecessary and ineffective border wall, creates a merit-based point system, cuts in half the number of green cards offered for familial immigration, and does not include protections for DACA, which he rescinded.

    • Trump’s plan already faces skepticism from both sides of the aisle, which Lindsey Graham even said was “not designed to become law.” Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republican lawmakers refused to endorse the plan.

  • Trump is trying to reframe the issue, but it won’t work. The reality is this plan is just more of the same anti-immigrant, discriminatory policies that Trump has pushed for the last two years, and it will do nothing to solve real problems in our immigration system. Trump’s cruel and chaotic border strategy has failed.

  • Trump continues to double down on his chaotic anti-immigrant agenda:

    • The Trump administration is diverting $1.5 billion more dollars from Pentagon funding to pay for his ineffective border wall -- including $224 million from the military retirement system.

    • The White House is working with Lindsey Graham on legislation to allow children to be detained for up to 100 days at our border.

    • The Trump administration plans to send hundreds of TSA agents, including air marshals, to the southern border to perpetuate Trump’s fake national emergency.

      • Most suspected terrorists are apprehended at airports, not the border as Trump wants us to believe.

    • Trump continues to complain that Mexico is not doing enough to prevent immigration to the U.S. and announced he would respond soon -- indicating he may again threaten a complete closure of the border.

  • Democrats and Republicans can agree that our current immigration system is broken. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.  

  • Trump’s immigration policies have been a complete failure -- and they’ve made the problem much, much worse. For almost two and a half years, he’s put children in cages and talked about a wall, but done nothing to address the real problems in our immigration system. And he’s made us less safe.

    • At least six migrant children have died in U.S. custody or soon after being released over the past eight months.

  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.

  • The last thing we need to do is give the Trump administration more authority or more funding to pursue its chaotic and dangerous immigration agenda. We urge Republicans to work with Democrats on smart strategies that put our security and humanity first.

  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. But what Trump and many Republicans are proposing right now isn’t reform. It won’t address the problems we see now, and it doesn’t put our security or our humanity first.

  • We can fix our immigration system if Republicans come to the table and work with Democrats in good faith.

Trump Abuses Power To Attack Political Enemies

  • Trump’s attorney general assigned a federal prosecutor in Connecticut to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.

    • This is on top of the inspector general’s investigation and an investigation being conducted by a U.S. attorney in Utah, which have not even been completed yet.

    • Trump has long called for an investigation of the investigators. Barr’s decision to launch yet another investigation shows he is acting like Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, not the lawyer of the American people.

      • Trump said that he was “proud” of Barr for opening the investigation.

  • Rudy Giuliani backed down from going to Ukraine and encouraging them to pursue investigations to benefit Trump, but not because he thought he was doing anything wrong.

    • In 2016, Trump's team was willing to accept the help of a foreign government's interference in our political system to benefit Trump. Now, they were willing to seek out the help of a foreign government to interfere in our political system to benefit Trump.

  • Trump also said that he thought it would be “appropriate” for him to speak to his attorney general about launching investigations into his political enemies.

    • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to abuse his power to attack his political enemies, and now, he is setting the stage to do it in the 2020 election.

    • Attorney General Barr has already proven that he will not be independent and stand up to Trump -- he thinks he is Trump’s personal lawyer, not the lawyer of the United States.

  • These are all clear tactics by the White House to muddy the waters, to distract from the Mueller report’s findings and their persistent attacks on the rule of law, and to cover up for Trump’s failures. No one is buying it.

Trump Interferes In House Investigations

  • Trump is creating a crisis by repeatedly blocking Congress from doing its constitutional duty to provide oversight as an equal branch of government.

    • Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate House investigations.

  • Last week, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a 12-page letter to the House Judiciary Committee rejecting document and testimony requests, and claiming that Congress does not have the standing to investigate the president without a specific legislative purpose.

    • The Justice Department can’t hold Trump accountable because a sitting president can’t be indicted. Now the White House is claiming that Congress isn’t allowed to hold Trump accountable either.

    • The White House thinks Trump should be able to do whatever he wants, with no accountability. Democrats aren’t going to let that happen.

  • The White House is also holding back Mueller’s testimony over questions on whether it will choose to exert executive privilege, and fully block Mueller from testifying.

  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to comply with a House subpoena to testify before the Judiciary Committee.

    • The White House directed McGahn to not turn over any White House documents.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight. Despite this, Trump has continually tried to interfere in investigations into him and his administration. Here’s just some of the other examples:

    • The White House rejected House Democrats’ request for documents related to the security clearances of Trump administration officials, who were allegedly granted clearances despite being denied by career security experts.

    • The White House initially instructed the official responsible for overturning the denial of Kushner’s security clearance to ignore a congressional subpoena to appear, and then set limitations on his testimony.

    • Trump, his children, and his business sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block them from turning over his financial records to Congress.

    • Trump exerted executive privilege to block the release of the full, unredacted Mueller report and its underlying evidence, despite his claims that it “totally exonerates” him.

    • Trump said he is opposed to any current and former White House aides testifying to Congress.

    • The White House refused to let Stephen Miller testify on the Trump administration’s harmful immigration policies, including family separations.

    • The Trump administration has repeatedly refused to comply with deadlines to release Trump’s tax returns to Congress.

    • Trump and his businesses sued his own accounting firm and Chairman Cummings to block a subpoena of his financial records, but a federal court upheld Democrats’ subpoena and the case has now been appealed to the D.C. Circuit.

    • Trump vowed to fight “all the subpoenas,” and White House lawyers plan to tell attorneys for any witnesses called to testify that they would assert executive privilege to block testimony.

    • Trump said congressional investigations were, in his view, “done” and that he would not allow any more staffers appear before investigating committees.

Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.

  • The Trump tax law remains incredibly unpopular because the American people know the truth: it’s not benefiting them.

  • A recent poll confirms the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 12% of Americans say their family has personally benefited a great deal from the economy under Trump.

    • A majority of Americans say they have not been helped either much or at all from the economy under Trump.

    • Only 18% of Americans say that middle-class families have benefited a lot from Trump’s policies, while 58% say that wealthy families have benefited a lot.

  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • Inflation-adjusted wages haven’t risen in the last three quarters, and are barely 1% above when Trump took office.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit widened to $691 billion in the first half of the fiscal year.

    • Business investment continues to trend down, slowing even further in the first quarter of 2019, despite the White House saying this was key to the tax cut trickling down to workers.

  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, job growth has actually slowed -- more jobs were created in the last 27 months under President Obama than during Trump’s first 27 months.

  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.

  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history -- which cost to the tune of $11 billion -- to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.

  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

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Welcome to the DNC Member Monthly
On behalf of our office, we'd like to wish you a happy beginning of May and more importantly, a great start to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We stand with the AAPI community and celebrate the contributions made to this country by the fastest-growing constituency in the Democratic Party.

Below, you'll find DNC Member clips from around the country, a Member Monthly Spotlight on AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong, and important dates to note for upcoming DNC events. Enjoy!


DNC Member News Clips
WJHG: Democratic National Committee Members Tour Counties Affected by Hurricane Michael
"The Democratic National Committee traveled across several counties Saturday in an effort to bring awareness to the destruction across the Panhandle. Members saw firsthand what the community has been living with for the last six months.
Ken Evans, State and National Committeeman for the Democratic National Committee, said, ‘I have to tell you it was shocking to be here today [Saturday], to walk around and see the devastation, to see people still living in homes that are falling down.’"

Washington Post: Texas to Stop Effort to Purge Voter Rolls

"Texas state officials have agreed to stop efforts to investigate and purge tens of thousands of supposed noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls, part of a settlement reached Friday with numerous civil rights groups.
“‘The work here is not done. We must remain vigilant,’ Texas Democratic Party ChairmanGilberto Hinojosa said in a statement after the settlement. ‘The Texas Senate deserves the opportunity to vet a new secretary of state.’”

New York Times: A 'Women's New Deal'
"This week, a new organization, Supermajority, was introduced by a trio of high-profile, progressive leaders: Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, a founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which advocates for improved working conditions for domestic workers."

Washington Informer: AFSCME Campaign Engage Young People of Color Ahead of 2020 Election
“‘ ‘I AM – Be the Change’ is meant to inspire young people of color to take action online and offline to drive change in their communities,’ AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in a news release.
“‘We intend to create a year-round organizing presence in disenfranchised communities that are too often ignored after Election Day and to inspire Black and Latino youth to reclaim Dr. King’s and the sanitation workers’ fight for civil rights and workers’ rights as their own,’ Saunders added."

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Monthly Member Spotlight
Bel Leong-Hong
Role: DNC Member, AAPI Caucus Chair
State: Maryland

How long have you been a member of the DNC?
I have been a member of the DNC since 2001.  I was appointed by Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

What got you involved in the Democratic Party to begin with?
After I retired from the government as a civilian employee, I was no longer “Hatched” and was finally able to get involved politically. My friends in the Clinton Administration persuaded me to get involved in campaigning for Gore, and for Democratic Party candidates in the 2000 election. I remember deploying myself along with five other friends to Michigan, helping in the coordinated campaign office, and knocking on doors for Debbie Stabenow… I remember feeling that I was doing something positive. I learned that the values of the DEMOCRATS writ large are closest to my own personal values, to the values that I grew up with as a Chinese American. 

What do you do professionally?
I am a Computer Scientist by training, with a strong focus on data. Early in my professional career, I wrote a technical book, which at the time was considered seminal in nature, because no one else had written on such a subject, and quickly became a text in advanced data science courses. After spending 30 years in government, I started my own business, focused on Information Technology Management, cybersecurity, program management, and knowledge management. The company has been in continuous operation since 1999.

What do you like to do outside of the DNC?
I spend a lot of my waking hours helping Asian Americans advance in their endeavors, trying to grow the number of AAPI Caucuses, and mentoring younger generation of leaders. When I am not dealing with DNC matters, I am working on Maryland Democratic Party matters. In my downtime, I love to shop, and to spend quality time with my family. 

Welcome to the DNC Family
Carla Joseph, Vice Chair, U.S Virgin Islands Democratic Party

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Co-Chair, National Association of Democratic Lieutenant Governors
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, Co-Chair, National Association of Democratic Lieutenant Governors
Marcus Porter, Vice Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico
Marguerite "Peg" M. Schaffer, Vice Chair, New Jersey Democratic State Committee

Thank You for Your Service
Robert Lara, Vice Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico
Lizette Delgado Polanco, Vice Chair, New Jersey Democratic State Committee


Join us at these upcoming events!

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in North Carolina

I began this month in North Carolina, where I celebrated the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the North Carolina AAPI Caucus, reflected on AAPI history, and talked about making sure our communities are heard in 2020. It was great to meet with AAPI leaders in North Carolina, and I look forward to continuing to reach out to AAPI communities across the country through 2020.

CDNY annual convention

In April, the College Dems of New York held their annual convention in Syracuse, and I was honored to attend and speak with so many passionate, politically-engaged students. We discussed education funding, election reform, the importance of local elections, and the need to expand student organizing opportunities across our state. I can confidently say that the future of our party is in great hands!

I'm committed to continuing my work with the College Dems of New York and young people across our country in the coming months to give them a voice in our Democracy. 

 Meeting with DNC and AAPI leaders  

Last week, along with DNC Chairman Tom Perez and other committee members, I met with AAPI leaders to discuss how to best engage AAPI voters heading into the 2020 election. AAPI voters make up about 1 out of every 3 immigrant voters nationwide and AAPI midterm election turnout soared from 27% in 2014 to 41% in 2018. AAPI voters are becoming an increasingly large percentage of the electorate in early voting and battleground states, so mobilizing our voters will be a key to victory in 2020!

Collecting over 16,000 period products for women in need!

For the second year in a row, I worked with DC Diaper Bank to collect thousands of menstrual products for women in need as part of our period product drive, and I’m proud to announce that we beat last year’s total with over 16,000 period products collected! Women and girls across the country still lack access to these essential products, but this drive is one small step in the fight towards menstrual equity. Thank you to DC Diaper Bank, which distributed over 160,000 period products to furloughed families during the government shutdown, and thank you to everyone who donated!

More steps forward for our party

Going into the 2020 election, Democrats are working to make sure the election process is as transparent as possible. We announced at the end of last year that we will be holding twelve debates. As we've gotten closer to 2020 and more candidates have qualified, it's already clear that this decision will help Democrats pick the best possible candidate. We also launched Organizing Corps 2020, a program that is recruiting and training the next generation of Democratic leaders. Applications closed in April, and I'm already excited for the incredible young people who are participating this summer. OrgCorps will help grow our party not just for 2020, but for generations to come.

Best wishes,

Congresswoman Grace Meng is a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, DNC Vice Chair, and Assistant Whip for House Democrats.

May 11, 2019

Dear DNC Member,

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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee


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Dear DNC Member,

I'm excited to share with you a new venture that the DNC has created on Facebook: the Democratic National Community.

If you choose to join, you'll find Democrats from all across the country that are excited and ready to elect a new Democratic president and Democrats nationwide in 2020.

All you'll need to sign up is an active Facebook profile. I hope to see you on there!


Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

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April 10, 2019

Welcome to your April Disability Council Newsletter! 

This year, the DNC Disability Council kicked off its fundraising efforts with an extraordinary event in Washington, D.C. headlined by none other than former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe. We exceeded our goal of $10,000 and now are focusing our efforts on funding an amazing program that will put field organizers on the ground as early as this summer! 

The DNC recently announced Organizing Corps 2020, a program in partnership with 7 state parties, 270 Strategies, and The Collective PAC that will train and pay organizers in battleground states. This is an unprecedented, multi-million-dollar program that will recruit, pay, and train young people to get them ready to work on the 2020 presidential cycle. 

We received over 50 applications from students with disabilities before the April 8 application deadline! For now, please share the news about Organizing Corps 2020 with your friends, family, and colleagues and support important DNC programs like Organizing Corps 2020! The DNC and Organizing Corps 2020 teams are working to ensure that the training program and job placement experiences are accessible and inclusive. 

Organizing Corps 2020 starts this summer, which is why we need your support now more than ever. The urgent need for organizers, and the funds to support them, come at a time when we cannot afford to sit back while the Trump campaign continues to build its campaign infrastructure and war chest. 

For more information on Organizing Corps 2020, updates on the disability community, our investments in tech and data, news on our Democratic ecosystem, and upcoming DNC events, see below, or feel free to email

Best Regards, 


Joey Paolino
Disability Council Deputy Director
Democratic National Committee 

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Revamping Cyber Security at the DNC

Thank You, Henry

May 5, 2019

Dear Fellow DNC Member,  

I wanted you to be the first to know that after six years of dedicated service to our party as the National Finance Chair of the DNC, Henry Munoz will be stepping down on Monday. Under his leadership, we have revitalized our party, rebuilt Democratic infrastructure, and made historic gains in the 2018 midterm elections. In no small measure because of his work, we are on the pathway to taking back the White House in 2020.

Henry's service to our party has been lifelong. While we are sad to see him step down from the position of Finance Chair, we are thrilled his dedication to the Democratic Party will continue. I have asked Henry to continue serving as an At-Large DNC Member, as a Finance Chair Emeritus to spearhead the DNC's FuturoFund Latinx fundraising efforts, and to continue advising me on myriad issues as he has over the past two years. Our party and our country owe Henry Munoz a profound debt of gratitude.

Please find a note from Henry written below.

Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee


Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to tell you personally that after six and a half years as your National Finance Chairman, I am transitioning to the role of Chairman Emeritus. After the success of the midterm elections, Chairman Perez and I began to talk about exciting new designs for our finance infrastructure, new thinking that can be very innovative and continue our successful drive to sustainability, and to winning elections at every level of government. This is an evolution in the way that we bring together the resources necessary to continue to strengthen our New DNC. This will require all of us to work even harder, to reach out and recruit new people; and employ new ideas to take back our country. It will require a great expansion of donors and raisers in service of the Democratic National Committee. To foster this vision, I offered my resignation as it was never my intent to stay two full terms. Instead of accepting my retirement, Tom has asked me to stay in a position that allows me to continue to provide counsel, historic perspective and to reprioritize my passion for organizing the Latino community.  

My father taught me that “the movement of a people begins with the steps of just one person” and at this crucial time in the history of our party and our country, I believe that it is important for me to know when to take the right next step. This is my time. I deeply appreciate your encouragement, your support and yes, your contributions. But mostly, I thank you for your friendship over all of these years. When I took this job, it was described as an honor. No one could have predicted how much it would turn into hard work and activism in the face of real threats to our values. 

You honored me by returning me to office unanimously and without opposition, I will never forget your belief in me and our DNC Finance Team. Together, we retired debt; set fundraising records in unexpected ways at unexpected times; democratized and innovated grassroots and major dollar fundraising; reinvigorated and expanded investments in our state parties; gave voice to the capabilities of minorities to be significant fundraisers; and implemented programs that will continue to provide the resources to build the New DNC, cycle after cycle. This has been our shared success and it has not been easy. Thanks to each of you for your role in this work and in particular, to my fellow officers, who have come together as an extraordinary table of thought leaders, governing one of the most complex, dynamic and important institutions in the United States.

I guarantee you that as I take my next steps, I am going to use every lesson that I have learned: all of the experience this position has given me; and all of the relationships that we have built together, across this country, to return a Democrat to the White House in 2020. I look forward to seeing each of you along this road.

With Great Respect and Affection,


May 7, 2019

Dear DNC Small Business Owners Council Member,

Please see below for a press release from the DNC War Room.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee


Small Business Week Marked By Trump’s Failures To Help Small Businesses

As we celebrate small business week, here’s a look at some of the many ways Trump has failed small businesses across the country:

Small businesses have not benefited from Trump and Republican policies.

Associated Press: “As Small Business Week starts today, the nation’s smallest companies in the aggregate are by many accounts doing fairly well. They’re not, however, thriving en masse in direct response to Trump administration and Republican policies.  Small-business hiring is erratic, according to numbers released by payroll provider ADP.”

Trump’s tax law did not help small businesses as Republicans claimed, and many small-business owners actually owed more in taxes.

Associated Press: “Overall, it appears the tax law didn’t help small businesses as much as the GOP predicted. In a Bank of America survey of 1,504 small business owners released last week, 28% said the government’s tax policy has been positive for their companies, down from the 45% who predicted a year ago it would be positive for them. Half said it was neutral, up from 39%, and 21% said the policy was negative for their companies, up from 15%.”

Business Wire: “This quarter’s survey specifically looked at how small business owners felt about their tax situation a year after the reformed tax regulations took effect. Nearly half of business owners (48 percent) indicated that the recent legislation had little effect on their 2018 taxes, while 51 percent said the same regarding impacts to their business overall. When asked how their total tax bill for 2018 would be impacted, 56 percent said it would be about the same as expected, while 22 percent predicted higher and 12 percent said lower.”

Trump’s “small business tax break” actually overwhelmingly benefited the wealthiest 1% and big real estate developers.

Bloomberg: “A perk pitched as a boon for mom-and-pop businesses in President Donald Trump’s tax law could shut out smaller real estate investors while benefiting the industry’s largest property developers.  The Treasury Department released final rules recently detailing how owners of businesses such as limited liability companies and partnerships can claim as much as a 20 percent deduction.”

CBS News: “The pass-through deduction has sparked plenty of other questions, such as whether the measure will benefit the wealthy more than middle- or low-income workers. The top 1 percent of income earners will grab more than half the benefit from the deduction, according to an estimate from the Tax Policy Center.   By comparison, the lowest quintile of workers—those in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution ladder—will receive just 0.1 percent of the benefit, the group forecast.”

Small businesses are growing pessimistic about the outlook of the economy.

Associated Press: “Meanwhile, surveys by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Capital One and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife show that small-business owners have been losing some of their optimism as doubts linger about the strength of the current economic expansion.”

Forbes: “The March NFIB Small Business Optimism Index showed a drop in the number of business owners who viewed inventories as too low, as well as reduced expansion plans. That may explain some of this decline.”

Associated Press: “The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year.  Reports this month from the government and an industry group point to a drop in manufacturing activity. While the manufacturing sector is a relatively small part of the gross domestic product — the government has estimated it at 11.4 percent in the third quarter of last year — most manufacturers are small businesses as are service companies that do business with them.”

Gallup: “U.S. small-business owners are less optimistic about business conditions now than they have been over the past year. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, which measures small-business owners’ attitudes about a wide variety of factors affecting their businesses, is down to +106 in Quarter 1, 2019, from the record high of +129 set in Quarter 4, 2018. The current drop erases the gains in confidence seen in the last two quarters of 2018 and returns the index to where it was from Quarter 3, 2017, through Quarter 2, 2018.”

May 9, 2019

Dear DNC Member,

See below for an update from the DNC War Room.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee


Trump Revealed As A Fraud -- What Else Is He Hiding?

The New York Times obtained some of Trump’s tax information from 1985 to 1994, which shows Trump’s businesses and personal wealth in far worse-off condition than previously known.

Trump is still having his administration violate the law to keep his tax returns secret. So what else is Trump trying to hide?

Trump’s tax returns revealed that he is not a successful businessman -- he is a “con artist,” a “phony” and a “loser.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “He's got to be, quite literally, the most successful con artist of all time, right? Who comes close?”

Daily Beast’s Sam Stein: “Trump spent years insinuating then insisting, then even trying to prove that the biographical foundation of Obama’s political career was a hoax. In the end, it was Trump’s own biography that was painfully phony.”

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski: “The biggest loser!!!!”

One of Trump’s campaign pitches was that he would run the country like one of his businesses.

Trump: “I am an international businessman with worldwide relationships and tremendous success and I'm going to do for the country what I did for my business.”

Trump: "And if we could run our country the way I've run my company, we would have a country that you would be so proud of. You would even be proud of it."

Well, we now know that Trump lost more than one billion dollars over a decade -- more than nearly any other individual taxpayer.

New York Times: “In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners.”

While Americans are required to pay their taxes, Trump engaged in tax schemes and fraud that allowed him to pay no income tax for eight years.

New York Times: “Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years.”

New York Times: “The state attorney general is also examining issues raised last year by The Times’s investigation, which revealed that much of the money Mr. Trump had received from his father came from his participation in dubious tax schemes, including instances of outright fraud.”

May 1, 2019

Dear DNC Member,

See below for an announcement on the 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala in New York City on June 17.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee



DNC Announces 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala Celebrating 50 Years Since Stonewall

Every LGBTQ Member of the House Democratic Majority, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown to attend

Fresh off helping elect the largest number of LGBTQ members Congress has ever seen, the Democratic National Committee will host its 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala in New York City on June 17. Attending the event will be DNC Chair Tom Perez, along with every LGBTQ member of the new House Democratic majority, and special guest Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, who will highlight the historic progress the LGBTQ community has made since Stonewall 50 years ago.

Additional speakers and celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

What started as a small dinner held by former DNC Treasurer Andy Tobias in 1999 has since grown exponentially to one of the DNC’s marquee galas, and traditionally the organization’s top-raising event. This year’s 20th Anniversary Gala will celebrate the growth of not only this gala, but of the political power of the LGBTQ community.

“I’m ready to do my part in helping elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” said LGBTQ activist and TV personality Karamo Brown. “Last year, our community joined together and broke records. Now, it’s time to continue that momentum and help build the infrastructure our eventual Democratic presidential nominee will need to win. I’m excited to join Chair Tom Perez and our LGBTQ members of Congress to kick off the 2020 election cycle.”

“The 2018 midterm election was a landmark moment for the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ representation was boosted all across the country and at every level of government. Now, as we enter the most important presidential election of our lifetime, it’s critical that we build on the progress we’ve made," said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “The new House Democratic Majority is holding President Trump accountable and putting forward a legislative agenda to expand opportunities for everyone, including the LGBTQ community through the Equality Act. I’m excited to host LGBTQ activist Karamo Brown and fellow allies at this year’s gala.”

“Fairness and equality are core American values. I’m proud to be a member of the only political party that’s fighting to bring our country closer to realizing these ideals in our time,” said House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair David Cicilline. “I’m looking forward to taking part in this event and to continue this fight until every LGBTQ American is equal in the eyes of the law.”

“In 2018 we reset expectations across the country of who runs for office and who we support as candidates. In the 116th Congress, there are more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community than ever before. Together we are working to ensure that everyone's voice is heard and everyone has access to opportunity. I'm proud to be a part of this new House Majority -- and a co-chair of the Equality Caucus --  as we work towards these goals, “ said Rep. Sharice Davids

The 2018 LGBTQ gala took place in New York City and was hosted by Danica Roem, Gus Kenworthy and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy as featured speakers.