Friday, October 29, 2010

David Harmer Gets Bailed Out Again


Corporate lawyer David Harmer has come full circle with former employer and Wall Street bank J.P. Morgan Chase underwriting the final days of his third campaign for Congress with a $5,000 campaign contribution.

Following a career spent at a debt collection agency, a credit card company, and a predatory lender, corporate lawyer David Harmer signed on in 2008 as a senior executive at Wall Street bank J.P. Morgan Chase.

J.P. Morgan Chase received $25 billion in bailout funds and David Harmer walked away with a golden parachute of almost $160,000. Then, he collected over $7,000 in unemployment benefits.

Now David Harmer is looking once more to his former employer for a bailout. Just days ago, he accepted a $5,000 contribution from J.P. Morgan Chase to fund the final days of his campaign.


Monday, October 18, 2010

PROGRESS in the 11th C.D.

A new tool from
PROGRESS is designed to show the real effects of the steps President Obama and Democrats have taken to rebuild our economy. Behind these numbers are stories about people whose lives and communities have been positively affected by the change Democrats have made.

Progress: California's 11th Congressional District

After years of failed Republican policies that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, our economy is beginning to grow again. Democrats have worked to spur job creation, make health care more affordable, invest in small businesses, and expand opportunities for education. Below is a look at the progress so far in your community.

The elections on November 2 will determine whether we continue rebuilding a stronger and more prosperous America or return to the failed policies of the past that put special interests, corporations, and big banks ahead of working families. Democrats need your support, and your vote, to keep our country moving forward.

ECONOMY & JOBS in California


Number of jobs created or saved through June because of the Recovery Act

Source: Joint Economic Committee

SMALL BUSINESS in California 11th


Number of small businesses eligible for health care tax credits under the Affordable Care Act

Source: House Commerce Committee

THE MIDDLE CLASS in California 11th


Number of middle-class families that received a tax cut through the Recovery Act


HEALTH CARE in California 11th


Number of residents who now will have access to quality and affordable health care because of comprehensive health care reform

Source: House Commerce Committee

EDUCATION in California


Number of teachers’ jobs saved because Democrats passed a deficit-neutral state-aid bill

Source: Dept. of Education

The Challenges We Inherited

Under the Bush administration, America’s economy and fiscal situation suffered:

National unemployment skyrocketed from 5.8 percent in 2002 to 9.3 percent in 2009; Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The national debt nearly doubled from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion; Source: Treasury Department

The deficit exploded to $1.4 trillion from a $128 billion surplus. Source: Office of Management and Budget

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Don't Let Harmer Privatize Education

David Harmer's radical position on education is now being reported at AOL News, MSNBC, & Vanity Fair.

Help Jerry McNerney fight back against these attacks by volunteering for his reelection campaign and by making an online donation as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Harmer: Abolish Public Schools

Tea Party Frontrunner: Abolish Public Schools

It's fairly common for conservative political candidates to support eliminating the federal Department of Education. But in California, tea party darling and congressional candidate David Harmer has gone further. He's advocated eliminating public schools entirely and returning education to "the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood," when educational opportunities for poor people, African-Americans, women, the disabled, and others were, to say the least, extremely limited.