Saira outraises her opponent without corporate PACs

Saira outraises her opponent without corporate PACs

Incumbent and Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Diana DeGette was outraised by progressive newcomer, Democrat Saira Rao

Denver, CO, April 16, 2018 – Less than 100 days ago, Saira Rao announced her candidacy for Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. She is challenging incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette for the seat. Since then, she’s met with hundreds of people, hosted and attended dozens of events, and raised over $250,000 from individual donors in her 1st Quarter, outraising DeGette’s numbers.

Saira will be placed on the ballot for the Democratic party’s primary election, a nomination she earned by petitioning on the ballot and participating in the party’s assembly process. Rao has shown she has the right message and fire to unseat DeGette in the June 26th primary.

The establishment in Denver is taking notice of Rao’s success thus far, as has her opponent, Rep. DeGette. In two emails sent over the weekend to her supporters, DeGette stated, “I have good news and bad news. First, the good news: I am officially on the ballot for the Democratic primary in June. The bad news: my opponent outraised me last quarter. I urgently need support to fuel our grassroots field effort.”

Colorado’s first Congressional district, which encompasses Denver and parts of Jefferson and Arapahoe counties, has grown dramatically in the last few years. Said Rao, “Primaries define the future. We, the Democratic party, already know what we’re against, but what are the values we won’t compromise on? What we are for?”

“Our road to Washington has just begun and I promise to fight FOR the values and issues you care about. Our grassroots campaign is funded by the people and FOR the people. I will not take a penny from corporations. This campaign is about social, racial, and economic equity for all. We need a clean Dream Act now; Dreamers are human beings, not soundbites. We need single-payer healthcare and affordable prescription drugs, which means standing up to Big Pharma. The elimination of crushing student loan debt is one of my top priorities.”

DeGette has accepted corporate PAC money since she was first elected to Congress in 1997. As of January 2017, she has accepted $303,700 from “other committees”, many of which are corporate PACs. Rao is running on a progressive agenda where she believes everyone deserves a seat at the table. Among other things, she has not taken a single donation from corporate PACs. Change is coming to Washington and her name is Saira Rao.

Saira clears a quarter million dollars in fundraising from individual donors

Saira clears a quarter million dollars in fundraising from individual donors

DEMOCRAT SAIRA RAO RAISES MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS

Rao has rejected corporate PAC money in favor of individual donations

Denver, CO, April 2, 2018 — Democrat Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com), who is running to represent Colorado’s first Congressional district, will file her first quarterly report showing over $250,000 raised from individual donors.

Rao, who launched her campaign in January, said, “This campaign is about bringing people together. I’m proud of the coalition we’re building of Democrats and independents who want a more representative government.

“If Democrats are going to take back Congress, we need to build a party that answers to everyday people, not corporations. We can’t fight Trump’s anti-worker agenda if the same donors are funding both parties.”

Rao has also pledged to not take corporate PAC money. In February, she made headlines when she cleared the 500-donor mark within 28 days of her launch. Today, her campaign boasts the support of over 950 individual donors.

Notable Democratic leaders who have also taken the No Corporate PAC pledge include Senators Kristen Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker,  Elizabeth Warren, and Maria Cantwell, Representatives Ro Khanna and Jared Polis, Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce, and Ted Cruz challenger Representative Beto O’Rourke.

Rao’s progressive platform includes controlling prescription drug costs, eliminating student loan debt, and passing a single-payer healthcare bill.

The Democratic primary is June 26th, 2018. For the first time, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will be able to participate. If elected, Rao will be the first woman of color from Colorado to go to Congress and one of the few Asian-Americans to ever hold office in the state.

About Saira

Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 1. The daughter of immigrants, Saira is an entrepreneur and social justice activist who built her career around empowering marginalized communities. She is the co-founder of This Together Media, a children’s books company that features diverse protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.

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SAIRA RAO TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES

SAIRA RAO TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES

SAIRA RAO’S CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES TO COLORADO SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE

Rao’s campaign gained the support of several hundred unaffiliated voters during drive

Denver, CO, March 5th, 2018 — Democrat Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) announced today that her campaign turned in their petition for ballot access in Colorado’s First Congressional District, having collected more than 1,700 signatures from registered Democrats.

Field and Outreach Director Jordan Bresson, who left her four-year organizing job at Conservation Colorado to join the campaign, said, “So many unaffiliated voters wanted to sign our petition. Only registered Democrats are allowed to sign, but it’s safe to say we met more than a few hundred independents who are voting for Saira in June.”

The campaign was meticulous about quality-controlling the petition process, crossing off voters that appeared to be registered as non-partisan or had moved but failed to update their voter registration.

“I didn’t even let my team count messy handwriting in our nightly reports,” Bresson added. “We’re not taking our chances.”

Said Rao, “This campaign is about giving everyone a seat at the table and making Colorado a progressive leader in national politics. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen, and I look forward to a robust primary and healthy debates on healthcare, criminal justice reform, and getting corporate money out of the Democratic Party.”

“We’re keeping in touch with every person we interacted with during the petition drive,” said JoyAnn Ruscha, Rao’s campaign manager. “We feel awesome about the positive feedback we got in the field and we’re excited about participating in Colorado’s first open primary.”

Colorado’s primary is on June 26th, 2018. Unaffiliated voters will be eligible to participate in the Democratic primary for the first time.

To date, Saira Rao has earned the support of over 750 individual donors.

Saira’s platform is available at SairaforCongress.com/platform

About Saira Rao

Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 1. The daughter of immigrants, Saira is an entrepreneur and social justice activist who built her career around empowering marginalized communities. Her company, In This Together Media, sources and shepherds to publication children’s books featuring brown, black, LGBTQ, poor, disabled, and female protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.

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Saira for Congress Breaks Record, Amasses Over 500 Donors in 30 Days

Saira for Congress Breaks Record, Amasses Over 500 Donors in 30 Days

SAIRA FOR CONGRESS BREAKS RECORD, AMASSES OVER 500 DONORS IN 30 DAYS

Democrat challenger in CD-1 beat out all other Colorado Congressional candidates

Denver, CO, February 8, 2018 – Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) has received over five hundred donations in 30 days for her upstart primary challenge in Colorado’s First Congressional District. All of them came from individuals. None of the other Democratic Congressional candidates in Colorado came close to 500 donors their first month.

Saira, 43, is the co-founder of children’s media company In This Together Media. She filed to run for Congress on January 10th, 2018.

““We are not taking any corporate PAC money,” said Rao. “Special interests are robbing people of their voices and I am not going to play that game. We’re doing this hard way – dollar by dollar, door by door.”

Rao’s opponent. 22-year incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette, has raised $429,860 this cycle, more than half coming from political action committees. DeGette reported $65,984 cash on hand as of January 1, 2018.

The  Democratic primary is June 26th, 2018. For the first time, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will be able to participate.

“People are excited about Saira,” Rao’s campaign manager, JoyAnn Ruscha, said. “She’s offering voters the chance at Washington representation without taking a dollar from big Pharma, defense contractors, or any other corporation that might not share their values.”


About Saira Rao

Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 1. The daughter of immigrants, Saira is an entrepreneur and social justice activist who built her career around empowering marginalized communities. Her company, In This Together Media, sources and shepherds to publication children’s books featuring brown, black, LGBTQ, poor, disabled, and female protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.