Jun 30, 2008
Jon Powers (NY-26) Named to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program for Open Seats
The DCCC announced today that Jon Powers (NY-26) will immediately be added to
the Red to Blue program for open seats. Democratic congressional candidates
running in open seats earned a spot in the competitive program by establishing
significant local support, surpassing demanding fundraising goals and by
skillfully showing voters that they stand for change and will represent new
priorities. Powers is one of only 18 candidates in the Red to Blue program for
"Jon Powers has assembled a strong and dynamic campaign with strong grassroots support, local labor leaders, and all seven Democratic committees," said Chairman Chris Van Hollen. "Jon Powers will bring the leadership skills he used in Iraq to the issues facing western New York - bringing good paying jobs to the district and fighting to reduce gas prices for middle class families. The Red to Blue Program will give Jon the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive."
The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. The program introduces Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.
Red to Blue was a proven success in the 2006 cycle. In 2006, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns averaging $404,000 per campaign. Red to Blue was also responsible for solidifying the structure of dozens of campaigns and making a real difference for Democrats across America.