Asian Americans #TakeItBack: Our first round of donations, what candidates are saying

President Barack Obama last Saturday jumped into the November elections to help #TakeItBack with his endorsement of Democratic candidates in Orange County: Mike Levin, Harley Rouda, Katie Porter, Gil Cisneros, Josh Harder, and T.J. Cox.

These are the same candidates that we’re supporting through CAPA21’s Asian American #TakeItBack campaign, having raised an incredible $47,500 in just over a month for candidate donations and efforts to reach voters.

Help us reach our next $50,000 goal! We’re just $2,500 shy and your donation can help move us to the next level!

Read on below for details of our first round of donations, including terrific feedback from our endorsed candidates, and an updated list of our donors supporting Asian Americans #TakeItBack!

Thank you for your support!

~ Dale Minami

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WE MADE OUR FIRST ROUND OF DONATIONS

Because of your generous support, we already made our first round of donations to candidates in California swing districts and to key Asian American candidates:

Mike Levin For Congress – California, 49th District – $1,500.00
Andy Kim for Congress – New Jersey – $2,000.00
Josh Harder for Congress – California, 10th District – $1,500.00
Katie Hill for Congress – California, 25th District – $1,500.00
Harley Rouda for Congress – California, 48th District – $1,500.00
Andrew Janz for Congress – California 22nd District – $2,500.00
Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress – Texas – $2,000.00

Andy Kim: My wife and two baby boys are my world. I am running for Congress to protect our families and give us every opportunity to provide strong and stable futures for our children.CAPA21’s support will help us reach hundreds more Asian voters across the district through doors knocked, phones called, and ads on television and online.

Katie Hill: If we can mobilize our low-propensity voters here in the 25th district, I know we will be able to ensure that our values are represented in Washington. One-in-three AAPIs who are eligible to vote don’t turn out on Election Day. CAPA21’s support will allow us to have even more critical conversations with voters.

TJ Cox: As the son of immigrants from China and the Philippines, diverse communities are central to our campaign. Filipino, Sikh and Punjabi communities are significant voting blocs in CA21 . We are laser-focused on turning out these voters through door-knocking, phone banking, and community-centered earned media. Support from CAPA21 helping us in these efforts.

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!

The CAPA21 PAC recognizes and thanks those on the front lines – the early donors – who have made generous contributions to this effort:

Hoyt Zia
Glen S. Fukushima
Minami Tamaki LLP
Johnnie Giles
Don Tamaki
Dr. Craig Yamada and Dr. Monice Kwok
Dale Minami
Sydnie Kohara
Richard Sakai and Connie Young
Randy Choy
Paul Osaki
Minette Kwok and Gerald Okimoto
Michael G. Lee
Kei-on Chan
John Yang
Joan Haratani
Dianne Fukami
Colbert Matsumoto
Chris Noma and Steve Fong
Bryan Springmeyer
Tasha Yorozu
Renie Yoshida
Edwin Oshika
David Louie
Audrey Yamamoto
Vincent Pan
Stan Yogi
Sean Tamura-Sato
Mas and Marcia Hashimoto
Todd Fujinaga
Eddie and Pam Kochiyama
Audee Holman
Angela Oh
Teresa Tan
Satsuki Ina
Sam Mihara
Richard Komatsu
Philip Kan Gotanda and Diane Takei
Paul Igasaki
Patricia Shiu
Nancy Yamaguchi
Martha Nakagawa
Maeley Tom
Hiroshi Shimizu
Eddie Wong
Dr. Roland Minami
Doris Gee
Carol Izumi
Cal Abe
Shirley Nakao

If you donated and don’t see your name here, please let us know so we can recognize you!

And we welcome new donations to our Asian Americans #TakeItBack campaign!

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Asian Americans can make a difference in taking back Congress and stopping the vilest president we have known. We can reverse this current climate of anti-immigration laws, hate crimes, revival of internment prisons and discrimination. #TakeItBack

[Update] Asian Americans Making a Difference: Take Back Congress, Stop Trump

We’re so grateful for the continued great responses to our calls to action urging Asian Americans to get involved in taking back Congress!

In our first two weeks, our CAPA21 PAC raised more than $35,000 to help stop Trump and his comrades from destroying our democracy and normalizing racism, sexism and anti-immigrant virulence.

Because of your support, we’re now donating to an expanded field of candidates!
Gina Ortiz Jones (Texas 23rd)
Hiral Tipirneni (Arizona 8th)
Andy Kim (New Jersey 3rd)
T.J Cox vs. David Valadao
Andrew Janz vs. David Nunes
Harley Rouda vs. Dana Rohrabacher
Katie Hill vs. Steve Knight
Gil Cisneros vs. Young Kim – seat vacated by GOP Ed Royce
Mike Levin vs. Diane Harkey – seat vacated by GOP Darryl Issa
Josh Harder vs. Jeff Denham

“Thank you CAPA21! Your support will help us reach many more Asian American voters across the district through doors knocked, phones called, and ads on television and online.” – Andy Kim 

Be a part of this growing effort by Asian Americans to help take back Congress!

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The CAPA21 PAC recognizes and thanks those on the front lines – the early donors – who have made generous contributions to this effort:

Hoyt Zia and Leigh-Ann Miyasato
Glen S. Fukushima
Dale Minami
Dr. Craig Yamada and Dr. Monice Kwok
Bryan Springmeyer
Paul Osaki
Colbert Matsumoto
Michael G. Lee
Joan Haratani
Dianne Fukami
Randall Choy
Kei-on Chan
Tasha Yorozu
Audrey Yamamoto
Christine Noma
David Louie
Marisa and Chris Calice
Sean Tamura-Sato
Vincent Pan
Audee Kochiyama-Holman
Nancy Yamaguchi
Patrick Yam
Edward Wong
Maeley Tom
Teresa Tan
Patricia Shiu
Angela Oh
Martha Nakagawa
Ayako Nagano
Roland Minami
Sam Mihara
Richard Komatsu
Carol Izumi
Satsuki Ina
Philip and Diane Gotanda
Doris Gee
Cal Abe

The corruption of the Trump administration and his business and personal associates is unprecedented in modern history. With the recent conviction of Paul Manafort, the guilty plea of Michael Cohen which implicates the President, the indictment of the second Congressperson to endorse Trump (Duncan Hunter) for misusing campaign funds and the earlier guilty pleas of Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, we believe these scandals will seriously decrease the support Republicans need to retain the House and the Senate. And our mission is to make sure this happens!

With your help, Asian Americans can make a difference in taking back Congress and stopping the vilest president we have known. We can reverse this current climate of anti-immigration laws, hate crimes, revival of internment prisons and discrimination.

In order to do this, we need your support to help the challengers to the Trump Congress who are now within striking distance of winning the seats needed to change control of the federal legislature. In each of the Districts, Hillary Clinton defeated Trump, often by substantial margins.

Many others are fundraising for the same goal – to take back Congress – but your donation will help amplify the voices of Asian Americans in the political process and this historic moment.

We will donate to candidates who can swing districts Blue. We will also contribute to outreach and voter registration efforts that empower the Asian American community’s electoral impact.

Let’s reclaim this great nation. Donate to the CAPA21 PAC today, a political action committee I co-founded with Glen S. Fukushima. When the Democrats take back Congress, it must be known that Asian Americans played a role. Our voices and our importance must be heard and felt.

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Thank you in advance for your support!

~ Dale

Asian Americans Making a Difference: Take Back Congress, Stop Trump

We received a great response to our August 3 post: “The Math (and Path) is Clear. We Must Take Back Congress in Order to Restrain Trump.”

In one week, we raised more than $15,000 to help stop Trump and his comrades from destroying our democracy and normalizing racism, sexism and anti-immigrant virulence.

The CAPA21 PAC recognizes and thanks those on the front lines – the early donors – who have made generous contributions to this effort:

Glen S. Fukushima
Dale Minami
Joan Haratani
Teresa Tan
Doris Gee
Patrick Yam
Ayako Nagano
Sam Mihara
Dr. Craig Yamada and Dr. Monice Kwok
Christine Noma
Patricia Shiu
Roland Minami
Audee Kochiyama-Holman
Richard Komatsu
Marisa and Chris Calice
Maeley Tom

With your help, Asian Americans can make a difference in taking back Congress and stopping the vilest president we have known. We can reverse this current climate of anti-immigration laws, hate crimes, revival of internment prisons and discrimination.

In order to do this, we need your support to help the challengers to the Trump Congress who are now within striking distance of winning the seats needed to change control of the federal legislature. In each of the Districts, Hillary Clinton defeated Trump, often by substantial margins.

We’ve raised enough funds to donate to a first round of Democratic candidates.

T.J Cox vs. David Valadao
Andrew Janz vs. David Nunes
Harley Rouda vs. Dana Rohrabacher
Katie Hill vs. Steve Knight
Gil Cisneros vs. Young Kim (Seat vacated by then Republican incumbent Edward Royce,
Mike Levin vs. Diane Harkey (seat vacated by then Republican incumbent Darryl Issa)
Josh Harder vs. Jeff Denham

Many others are fundraising for the same goal – to take back Congress – but your donation will help amplify the voices of Asian Americans in the political process and this historic moment.

Let’s reclaim this great nation. Donate to the CAPA21 PAC today. When the Democrats take back Congress, it must be known that Asian Americans played a role. Our voices and our importance must be heard and felt.

Thank you!

~ Dale Minami