We are fewer than five months away from the general election, and we wanted to share with you our progress to date and explore how we can build more resources to ensure we win in November.

Thanks to a $125,000 match from CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima and more than $125,000 from dozens of donors, we exceeded our $250,000 campaign goal.

We must make every effort to ensure Trump is not re-elected and that Democrats keep control of the House and win back control of the Senate. To this end, we need to turn out more AAPI voters and ensure that the voices of AAPIs are heard in the upcoming elections.

We will focus our donations on the following: the Democratic nominee for President; independent expenditures opposing Trump; competitive Democratic candidates in swing Senate and House races; and voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities focused on AAPIs.

CAPA21 is budgeting $100,000 for independent expenditures in the presidential race and various ground efforts, including AAPI voter engagement and GOTV.

We selected our Congressional candidates based on several factors: (1) if we previously endorsed the candidate; (2) if the candidate was from our community or represented a district with a significant AAPI population; and (3) if the GOP was targeting the district.

Below are the candidates we have endorsed so far. In each race, CAPA21 has donated or designated a contribution of $5,000:

CAPA21 Congressional Endorsements

Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan (D)
Why: Swing state in presidential election; key race in taking back Senate.
State of Race: Incumbent with lead over GOP opponent

Sen. Tina Smith in Minnesota (D)
Why: Swing state in presidential election; key race in taking back Senate.
State of Race: Incumbent with lead over GOP opponent, but race still under the radar.

Mark Kelly (D) in Arizona
Why: Oust Sen. Martha McSally (R).
State of Race: Kelly with lead over GOP incumbent, incumbent still has path to win.

John Hickenlooper (D) in Colorado
Why: Oust Sen. Cory Gardner (R).
State of Race: Hickenlooper faces challenger in the June 30 primary, but heavily favored to win.

Amy McGrath (D) in Kentucky
Why: Mitch McConnell needs to be retired to end his obstructionist and pro-Trump leadership of the GOP Senate.
State of Race: This should have been a safe seat for the incumbent, but a recent poll shows McGrath leading. She faces state Rep. Charles Booker in a June 23 primary. Booker has raised issues in the primary and we are watching the contest closely.

Jaime Harrison (D) in South Carolina
Why: We must defeat Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Senate Judiciary Chair, who is destroying our courts by rubber-stamping the confirmation of extremely partisan and often unqualified Trump nominees to the federal judiciary.
State of Race: Considered a safe seat for incumbent, but we must help the challenger.

Sara Gideon (D) in Maine
Why: Represent our opposition to Sen. Susan Collins’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as her vote to support Trump in the Senate impeachment trial; Gideon is Asian American and the speaker of the state house.
State of Race: Polls show Gideon leading Collins, but must get past Democratic primary on July 14.

Rep. TJ Cox (CA 21)
Why: AAPI, CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.
State of Race: Opponent will be former Rep. David Valadao (R), whom Cox unseated. In 2018, Valadao received the most votes in the primary, but Cox prevailed in the general.

Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA 39)
Why: CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.
State of Race: Opponent will be Korean American Young Kim (R) in rematch. Kim won the primary by two points. Essential we hold this seat. 

Rep. Harley Rouda (CA 48)
Why: CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.
State of Race: Opponent will be Korean American Michelle Park Steel (R).

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL 07)
Why: AAPI, CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.
State of Race: Primary on August 18 will determine the GOP challenger.

Rep. Andy Kim (NJ 03)
Why: AAPI, CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.    
State of Race: July 7 Republican primary will determine opponent. 

Gina Ortiz-Jones (TX 23)
Why: AAPI, CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, possible swing seat.
State of Race: Won primary. Opponent will be either Tony Gonzales (R) or Raul Reyes (R).

Rep. Grace Meng (NY 06)
Why: Meng is facing primary challenges from Sandra Choi, Matthew DiBono, and Mel Gagarin. Grace has been supportive of CAPA21.    
State of Race: Democratic primary on June 23.

Rep. Josh Harder (CA 10)
Why: CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.    
State of Race: Opponent will be Ted Howze (R)

Rep. Katie Porter (CA 45)
Why: CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.    
State of Race: Opponent will be Greg Raths (R).

Rep. Mike Levin (CA 49)
Why: CAPA21 endorsed in 2018, targeted by GOP.
State of Race: Opponent will be Brian Maryott (R).

If we are able to raise additional funds over and above the $250,000 we already generated, we can engage in additional races to hold on to the House and win the Senate!

Please help us to defeat Trump and the existential threat he poses to our democracy by making a donation in whatever amount you can afford.

Finally, please share this message on social media and forward it to your contacts, asking them to support our #TakeItBack2020 campaign by making a donation and by spreading the word.

The elections of November 3, 2020 are the most consequential in our lifetime. The soul of America and our standing in the world are at stake. We must act to ensure that our collective struggle for equality and racial, social, and economic justice will be heard and that we elect as our representatives leaders who, for the sake of our nation and our children and grandchildren, will promote these American values and ideals that we hold so dear.

Thank you again for your valuable support!

Glen S. Fukushima, Chair
Dale Minami, President
CAPA21


Special Thank You to Our Donors!

This list was current as of June 13. See our updated list of donors here!

Glen S. Fukushima: $125,000
Dianne Fukami and Gerry Nakano: $11,000
Hoyt Zia: $10,000
Clement Kong: $10,000
Joan Haratani: $10,000
Raymond L. Ocampo Jr.: $10,000
Donald K. Tamaki: $10,000
Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng: $10,000
Bill Lann Lee and Brenda Lowe Wong: $10,000
Mona Lisa Yuchengco: $8,000
David Louie: $5,000
Colbert Matsumoto: $5,000
Louise Ing: $5,000
Dale Minami and Ai Mori: $5,000
John Dean: $5,000
Peter Quon: $5,000
Tani Takagi: $5,000
George and Brad Takei: $5,000
Diane Yen-Mei Wong and Nelson G. Dong
Garrin A. Wong: $2,500
Masako Takahashi: $2,000.00
Maeley Tom: $1,000
Ginger Lew: $1,000
Renie Yoshida Grohl: $1,000
Laura K. Hong: $1,000
Henry and Priscilla Der: $1,000
Stuart Lee and Naomi Kubota Lee: $1,000
Gayle Chan: $1,000
Michael G.W. Lee: $1,000
Wendy Tokuda: $1,000
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland: $1,000
Lia Shigemura and Helen Zia
Christine Noma
Mae and Steven Gotanda
Anu Seam
Alan Jang
Susan Kamei
Jane Chin
Lorna Ho Randlett
Raymond Buenaventura
Linda Cabatic
Shirley Nakao
Sharon Hemling & Walt Fujii
Stan Yogi
Sandra and Hans Goto
Laura Masunaga
Chad Taniguchi
Judy Koyama
Richard Komatsu and Cynthia Clearwater
Nick Nagatani
Diane Suzuki
Douglas Inouye
Emiko Omori
Garrett Hongo
Alan and Carol Nitake
Ben Fong-Torres
Lilian Tsai
Audee Kochiyama-Holman
Elaine H. Kim
Mary McNeill
Angela Mapa
James Toma
Emily Zia
Martha Nakagawa
Carolyn Ikari
Lydia and Roger Tanji
Franklin Odo
Dee Hayashi
Julie D. Soo
Sean Tamura-Sato
Doreena Wong and Jenny Pizer
Angela Lim and Amy Johnson
Ken Kashiwahara
David Oppenheimer
Norman Yee
Daniel M. Mayeda
Audrey Pettyjohn
Kiroku Kato
Dee Hayashi
Doris Ge
Ellen Kamei
Emil De Guzman
M. Hira
Cynthia Bonta
Lanie Minami
Humane Zia
Karen Mori
Ron Wakabayashi
Patrick Foley
Donald Wu
Bruce and Eda Fukayama
Rick Dosa and Beverly Stone
Teresa Ono

This list was current as of June 13. See our updated list of donors here!