Skip to main content

Received this e-mail today from former Governor Howard Dean (D. VT) and Democracy For America in support of Rick Weiland's (D. SD) U.S. Senate campaign:
The former Governor of Vermont and candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election in 2004 Howard Dean makes a speech before The Federal Idea members about the current presidential campaign and its implications for American federalism, on May 15, 2012 in Montreal, CAN. (AP Photo/Denis Beaumont)
Like many of you, I've been shocked in recent years by the Supreme Court's rulings on campaign finance. From Citizens United to McCutcheon, the Supreme Court has been very good to billionaires -- at the expense of our democracy.

With billionaires like the Koch Brothers opening up the floodgates in the aftermath of these rulings, Republicans are going all out this year to take control of the U.S. Senate -- which would be a catastrophe for our country.

One of the GOP's top targets is South Dakota, where they hope to elect the far-right Mike Rounds to a seat currently in Democratic hands. But there's hope. Democrat Rick Weiland is running a people-powered campaign for this critical seat. Weiland, a populist progressive, is barnstorming diners, living rooms, and businesses across South Dakota with a simple message: It's time to take our country back from the billionaires.

If elected, Rick Weiland has vowed to introduce a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United and McCutcheon, restoring government to the people. It's an amendment that Mike Rounds and his Republican allies would vehemently oppose.

If Rick Weiland wins, we'll have an excellent shot to save the Senate from GOP control. Will you join me and DFA in supporting Rick's people-powered campaign by donating $3 now?

Mike Rounds has made a name for himself as a far-right governor. For example, he signed the clearly unconstitutional law banning all abortions except those necessary to save a woman's life. It was too extreme for South Dakota, as voters repealed that law.

It's a sign of what we can expect in the Senate if Mike Rounds wins -- and that's why Republicans and their billionaire funders want to flip this seat from the Democrats. If they succeed, Mike Rounds will help implement a Tea Party agenda that attacks women's rights while undermining the battle against income inequality.

Rick Weiland has spent his life fighting for working people. Now he wants to take the fight to the Senate, where he will work to expand Social Security, raise the minimum wage, and allow Medicare for All.

This is a stark choice in one of the most important campaigns of 2014. Will you donate $3 today to help DFA and Rick Weiland stop the billionaires from buying a Senate seat and a Republican majority?

Thank you for joining me in standing up for our democracy,

- Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, Founder
Democracy for America

Click here to contribute to Weiland's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site