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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?

https://secure.actblue.com/...

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 It was too extreme for South Dakota, as voters repealed that law.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?

https://secure.actblue.com/...

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:
https://secure.actblue.com/...

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.

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