We reached our $200,000 goal! Now let’s build a Manchin/Sinema-proof Senate.

By Dale Minami, CAPA21 Co-Chair

With our deepest gratitude, I join our CAPA21 co-chairs Maeley Tom, Ginger Lew, and Tamlyn Tomita in thanking the dozens of donors who contributed to our latest fundraising campaign and helping us reach our $200,000 goal!

We are especially grateful to the sponsors of our matching donation challenge: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and my spouse Ai Mori. We would not be able to do this match campaign without these sponsors and we appreciate their generous support!

In our previous announcements, we listed our first three donations to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia, Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona, and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada. As the events in the Capitol this week show, it has become more and more clear that we need to expand the Democratic majority in the Senate as we see Republicans holding our democracy hostage and Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema helping them.

Senate Democrats could have passed The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act without any Republicans, but Manchin and Sinema refused to support an exception for voting rights from Senate filibuster rules. The 60-vote threshold has been modified more than hundred times before, including to pass Trump’s tax-cuts and confirm lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. Manchin and Sinema chose instead to support this Jim Crow era rule and potentially allow large numbers of voters across the country to be disenfranchised.

Although Manchin and Sinema are not up for re-election until 2024, it is clear that we must strongly consider primary challenges to these Senators enabling the Republican obstructionist agenda. We must also work on expanding the Democratic majority in the Senate and CAPA21’s contributions in 2022 will reflect this goal.

Here are CAPA21’s donations in 2021:

  • $5,000 to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia
  • $5,000 to Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona
  • $5,000 to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
  • $2,000 to Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta
  • $5,000 to Georgians Advancing Progress PAC (GAPPAC)
  • $5,000 to Asian Americans in Action (Orange County, Calif.)
  • $5,000 to Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (Pennsylvania)
  • $5,000 to One APIA Nevada

These are the first phase of CAPA21’s donations in 2022:

  • Rep. Andy Kim: A critical member of our AAPI delegation in Congress targeted by the GOP
  • Rep. Josh Harder: Running for re-election in a new Calif. district with significant AAPI electorate
  • Jay Chen for Congress: Strong challenger to Rep. Michelle Steel (R) in new Calif. District 45
  • Stacy Abrams for Georgia Governor: An incredible leader supported by AAPIs in Georgia whose candidacy will help AAPI voter turnout
  • Assemblymember Evan Low: An AAPI champion in the Calif. legislature running in a new district
  • Annie Cho for Calif. State Assembly: Important challenger to Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares (R) will help address a critical gap in the Calif. legislature that does not have a single AAPI woman
  • We are also earmarking funds for the Democratic nominees in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

This list of contributions is only the first wave of donations we’re making in 2022. There will be more to come!

We’re so thankful to all our donors: CAPA21 expresses its appreciation to the following donors for their support of our matching campaign!

$25,000+
Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo – $25,000

$15,000+
Clement Kong – $15,000

$10,000+
Dale Minami and Ai Mori – $10,000
Craig Yamada, MD and Monice Kwok, MD – $10,000
Kei-on Chan – $10,000
Tani Takagi – $10,000
Alan Sparer and Charlotte Fishman – $10,000
Donald K. Tamaki and Suzanne Ah-Tye – $10,000

$5,000+
Dianne Fukami – $5,000
David Louie – $5,000
Minette Kwok and Gerald Okimoto – $5,000
Christine Noma – $5,000
Minami Tamaki LLP – $5,000

$2,500+
Walter Fujii – $3,000
Mona Lisa Yuchengco – $2,500
Masako Takahashi – $2,500
George and Brad Takei – $2,500
Gina N. Shishima – $2,500
Jacinta Titialii-Abbott – $2,500
Lorna Randlett – $2,500

$1,000+
Ginger Lew – $2,000
Paul Lee – $2,000
Emil De Guzman: $2,000
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland – $1,000
Renie Yoshida Grohl – $1,000
Maeley Tom – $1,000
Steven Gotanda – $1,000
Stuart and Naomi Kubota Lee – $1,000
Johnnie Giles – $1,000
Paula Higashi – $1,000
Emily Leung and Ricky Ho – $1,000
Elaine H. Kim – $1,000
Jeanette Ishii – $1,000
Debra Nakatomi – $1,000
Laura Hong – $1,000
Jeanne Sakata – $1,000
Karen Mori – $1,000

$500+
Eda Fukuyama – $500
Richard Komatsu – $500
Jan Yanehiro – $500
Les Jin – $500
David Oppenheimer – $500
Steven and Karin Wing – $500
Carol Izumi – $500
Mark Morodomi – $500

Up to $500
Linda Cabatic – $300
Ikuko Kiriyama – $300
Vida Holguin – $250
Ruth Ashley – $250
Calvin Abe – $250
Ken Kashiwahara – $250
Diane Ono – $250
Dee Hayashi – $250
Doreena Wong – $200
William Gee Wong – $200
Renee Tajima – $200
Jani Iwamoto – $100
Laura Masunaga – $100
Norbert Kumagai – $100
Brenda Wong – $100
Chad Taniguchi – $100
Franklin Odo – $100
Doris Gee – $100
Charles Igawa – $50
Emily Murase – $50
Carolyn Ikari – $50
Glenn Magpantay – $35
Julie Abo – $25

Donors (amount not disclosed)
Joan Haratani
Wendy Tokuda
Kiroku Kato
Shirley Nakao
Naomi Harada
Mari Watanabe
Grace Yoo
Lynda Hirose
Miya Iwataki
James Toma
Lucy Lee
Edwin Oshika
Ken Wada
Tia Wu
Jeffery Ogata
Thuy Nguyen
Mika Hiramatsu
Camille Chun-Hoon

Donor list updated on January 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.

Thank you again for your support!

DALE MINAMI
CAPA21 Co-Chair

CAPA21 Update from Maeley Tom: We’re donating to APA political groups in Georgia, Orange County, Nevada, and Pennsylvania

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

By Maeley Tom, CAPA21 Co-Chair

Happy Holidays!

I’m so proud to be a co-chair of CAPA21 with Ginger Lew, Tamlyn Tomita, and Dale Minami. I was part of the founding of this PAC’s predecessor group, the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, established in 1988 after the successful campaign to defeat Dan Lungren’s appointment as California State Treasurer.

I wrote about this historic moment, recalling how the Washington Post noted that the Asian Americans behind Lungren’s defeat “revolutionized the political image of what once was California’s quietest minority.” More than three decades later, we have made incredible progress, but it remains largely an uphill battle for us.

Which is why we’re asking for your support. We are close to reaching our $100,000 matching campaign goal. When Ginger’s email went out, we were nearly at 80 percent of our goal. Now we’re at 90 percent at closing in!

Your donation could be the one to help us cross the finish line!

Because of your support, we are approving donations to:

  • $5,000 for Georgians Advancing Progress PAC (GAPPAC) – GAPPAC was instrumental in helping turn out a record Asian American vote in Georgia (almost 4% of the electorate) in both the 2020 Presidential Election and 2021 US Senate Runoff. The expected efforts in 2022 will be similar to 2020 and 2021, with outreach in multiple languages, phone and postcard campaigns, particularly directed to electing selected Democratic and Asian-American candidates in state and local elections in Georgia, including Rep. Marvin Lim, Sen. Michelle Au, and Rep. Bee Nguyen.
  • $5,000 for Asian Americans in Action (Orange County, Calif.) – Asian Americans in Action is the headquarters for AAPI progressives in Orange County, home of the third largest AAPI population in the U.S. We advocate for progressive policies on behalf of AAPI communities, promote awareness of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues, and elevate the voices of people in our communities through voter activism, coalition building, and cultivating progressive AAPI candidates for local office.
  • $5,000 for Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (Pennsylvania) – API PA exists to build long-term power for APIs in Pennsylvania, by coordinating political, electoral, and legislative work to hold our elected officials accountable, engaging in culturally competent and linguistically accessible direct voter contact with our communities, and building solidarity with other aligned communities of color across the state.
  • $5,000 for One APIA Nevada – One APIA Nevada is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and supporting the Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Nevada. We advocate for progressive policies that benefit the hardworking members of our community. Nevada is home to over 300,000 Asian Pacific Islander Americans, comprising around 10 percent of the total population.

In a future round of giving, we will include additional Asian Pacific American support in Georgia towards fighting voter suppression and registering and activating Democratic voters. Our investment in APA voters will be a crucial part of helping Stacey Abrams win the Governor’s race!

As we mentioned in previous emails, donations were approved to:

  • $5,000 to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia
  • $5,000 to Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona
  • $5,000 to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
  • $2,000 to Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta

CAPA21 is grateful to the sponsors of our $100,000 matching donation challenge: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and Ai Mori and Dale Minami. We would not be able to do this match campaign without these sponsors and we appreciate their generous support!

We’re so thankful to all our donors: CAPA21 expresses its appreciation to the following donors for their support of our matching campaign!

$25,000+
Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo – $25,000

$15,000+
Clement Kong – $15,000

$10,000+
Dale Minami and Ai Mori – $10,000
Craig Yamada, MD and Monice Kwok, MD – $10,000
Tani Takagi – $10,000
Alan Sparer and Charlotte Fishman – $10,000
Donald K. Tamaki – $10,000

$5,000+
Dianne Fukami – $5,000
David Louie – $5,000
Kei-on Chan – $5,000
Minette Kwok and Gerald Okimoto – $5,000
Christine Noma – $5,000
Minami Tamaki LLP – $5,000

$2,500+
Walter Fujii – $3,000
Mona Lisa Yuchengco – $2,500
Masako Takahashi – $2,500
George and Brad Takei – $2,500
Gina N. Shishima – $2,500
Jacinta Titialii-Abbott – $2,500
Lorna Randlett – $2,500

$1,000+
Ginger Lew – $2,000
Paul Lee – $2,000
Emil De Guzman: $2,000
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland – $1,000
Renie Yoshida Grohl – $1,000
Maeley Tom – $1,000
Steven Gotanda – $1,000
Stuart and Naomi Kubota Lee – $1,000
Johnnie Giles – $1,000
Paula Higashi – $1,000
Emily Leung and Ricky Ho – $1,000
Elaine H. Kim – $1,000
Jeanette Ishii – $1,000

$500+
Karen Mori – $500
Eda Fukuyama – $500
Jeanne Sakata – $500
Richard Komatsu – $500
Jan Yanehiro – $500
Les Jin – $500
David Oppenheimer – $500

Up to $500
Linda Cabatic – $300
Ikuko Kiriyama – $300
Vida Holguin – $250
Ruth Ashley – $250
Calvin Abe – $250
Ken Kashiwahara – $250
Diane Ono – $250
Karen Mori – $250
Doreena Wong – $200
William Gee Wong – $200
Renee Tajima – $200
Jani Iwamoto – $100
Laura Masunaga – $100
Norbert Kumagai – $100
Brenda Wong – $100
Chad Taniguchi – $100
Franklin Odo – $100
Doris Gee – $100
Charles Igawa – $50
Emily Murase – $50
Carolyn Ikari – $50
Glenn Magpantay – $35
Julie Abo – $25

Donors (amount not disclosed)
Joan Haratani
Wendy Tokuda
Kiroku Kato
Shirley Nakao
Naomi Harada
Mari Watanabe
Grace Yoo
Lynda Hirose
Miya Iwataki
James Toma
Lucy Lee
Edwin Oshika
Ken Wada
Tia Wu
Jeffery Ogata
Thuy Nguyen
Mika Hiramatsu

Listed updated on December 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific

CAPA21 can only support our endorsed candidates with your assistance! So please help once again with whatever you can afford. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

And please share this on social media (click on the icons below) to let your followers know that you’re engaged in APAs protecting our democracy!

CAPA21 Update from Ginger Lew: We’ve reached nearly 80% of our $100,000 match campaign goal!

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

By Ginger Lew, CAPA21 Co-Chair

We are a little more than $20,000 away from reaching our $100,000 matching campaign goal. We’re so thrilled and grateful to the returning and new donors who have contributed so far.

Your donation could be the one to help us cross the finish line!

We are already putting your donations to good use with donations approved to:
$5,000 to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia
$5,000 to Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona
$5,000 to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
$2,000 to Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta

We have also identified API organizations in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Nevada for us to invest in and we will decide on the amounts depending on the final results of our fundraising.

CAPA21 is grateful to the sponsors of our $100,000 matching donation challenge: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and Ai Mori and Dale Minami. We would not be able to do this match campaign without these sponsors and we appreciate their generous support!

We’re so thankful to all our donors: CAPA21 expresses its appreciation to the following donors for their support of our matching campaign!

$25,000+
Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo – $25,000

$15,000+
Clement Kong – $15,000

$10,000+
Dale Minami and Ai Mori – $10,000
Craig Yamada, MD and Monice Kwok, MD – $10,000
Tani Takagi – $10,000
Alan Sparer and Charlotte Fishman – $10,000

$5,000+
David Louie – $5,000
Kei-on Chan – $5,000
Minette Kwok and Gerald Okimoto – $5,000

$2,500+
Walter Fujii – $3,000
Mona Lisa Yuchengco – $2,500
Masako Takahashi – $2,500
Christine Noma – $2,500
George and Brad Takei – $2,500
Gina N. Shishima – $2,500

$1,000+
Ginger Lew – $2,000
Paul Lee – $2,000
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland – $1,000
Renie Yoshida Grohl – $1,000
Maeley Tom – $1,000
Steven Gotanda – $1,000
Stuart and Naomi Kubota Lee – $1,000
Johnnie Giles – $1,000
Paula Higashi – $1,000
Emily Leung and Ricky Ho – $1,000
Elaine H. Kim – $1,000

$500+
Karen Mori – $500
Eda Fukuyama – $500
Jeanne Sakata – $500
Richard Komatsu – $500
Jan Yanehiro – $500
Les Jin – $500

Up to $500
Linda Cabatic – $300
Ikuko Kiriyama – $300
Vida Holguin – $250
Ruth Ashley – $250
Calvin Abe – $250
Ken Kashiwahara – $250
Doreena Wong – $200
William Gee Wong – $200
Renee Tajima – $200
Jani Iwamoto – $100
Laura Masunaga – $100
Norbert Kumagai – $100
Brenda Wong – $100
Chad Taniguchi – $100
Franklin Odo – $100
Charles Igawa – $50
Emily Murase – $50
Tia Wu – $25

Donors (amount not disclosed)
Joan Haratani
Wendy Tokuda
Kiroku Kato
Shirley Nakao
Naomi Harada
Mari Watanabe
Grace Yoo
Lynda Hirose
Miya Iwataki
James Toma
Lucy Lee
Edwin Oshika
Ken Wada

CAPA21 can only support our endorsed candidates with your assistance! So please help once again with whatever you can afford. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

And please share this on social media (click on the icons below) to let your followers know that you’re engaged in APAs protecting our democracy!

CAPA21 Update from Tamlyn Tomita: $40,000 More Raised in $100,000 Match Campaign!

CAPA21 Donates to Senators Warnock, Kelly, Cortez Masto, and Calif. AG Rob Bonta

By Tamlyn Tomita, CAPA21 Co-Chair

This is my first post in my role as CAPA21 Co-Chair and I want to thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure that Asian Pacific Americans impact the direction of our country through the political process.

First, some bad news that you already know. Democrats were trounced earlier this month in Virginia, losing the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general races, and also losing control of the House of Delegates. The good news is that this is a wake up call for 2022 so that Dems can support outreach to communities of color, and refine their message. The results tell us that our Democratic candidates need to do a much better job connecting with voters of ALL colors. If we take our eyes off the prize in 2022, we can easily lose control of Congress. 

By supporting CAPA21, you’re joining dozens of other donors in providing sorely needed resources for our endorsed candidates. The other good news is that we raised another $45,000, with the total so far of more than $70,000 raised towards our $100,000 match campaign.

CAPA21 is grateful to the sponsors of our $100,000 matching donation challenge: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and Ai Mori and Dale Minami. We would not be able to do this match campaign without these sponsors and we appreciate their generous support!

We have also approved these donations:
$5,000 to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia
$5,000 to Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona
$5,000 to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
$2,000 to Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta

CAPA21 expresses its appreciation to the following donors for their support of our matching campaign!

$25,000+
Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo – $25,000

$15,000+
Clement Kong – $15,000

$10,000+
Craig Yamada, MD and Monice Kwok, MD – $10,000
Tani Takagi – $10,000
Alan Sparer and Charlotte Fishman – $10,000

$5,000+
David Louie – $5,000

$2,500+
Walter Fujii – $3,000
Mona Lisa Yuchengco – $2,500
Masako Takahashi – $2,500
Christine Noma – $2,500
George and Brad Takei – $2,500
Gina N. Shishima – $2,500

$1,000+
Paul Lee – $2,000
Celia Lee and Clarke Holland – $1,000
Renie Yoshida Grohl – $1,000
Maeley Tom – $1,000
Steven Gotanda – $1,000
Stuart and Naomi Kubota Lee – $1,000
Johnnie Giles – $1,000

$500+
Karen Mori – $500
Eda Fukuyama – $500
Jeanne Sakata – $500
Richard Komatsu – $500

Up to $500
Linda Cabatic – $300
Ikuko Kiriyama – $300
Vida Holguin – $250
Ruth Ashley – $250
Calvin Abe – $250
Ken Kashiwahara – $250
Doreena Wong – $200
William Gee Wong – $200
Jani Iwamoto – $100
Laura Masunaga – $100
Norbert Kumagai – $100
Brenda Wong – $100
Chad Taniguchi – $100
Tia Wu – $25

Donors (amount not disclosed)
Joan Haratani
Wendy Tokuda
Kiroku Kato
Shirley Nakao
Naomi Harada
Mari Watanabe
Grace Yoo
Lynda Hirose
Miya Iwataki
James Toma
Lucy Lee
Edwin Oshika

CAPA21 can only support these candidates with your assistance! So please help once again with whatever you can afford. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

And please share this on social media (click on the icons below) to let your followers know that you’re engaged in APAs protecting our democracy!

CAPA21 $100,000 Match Campaign Advances with New $25,000 in Donations

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

We raised more than $25,000 in just one week following the announcements of our $100,000 match campaign and our new co-chairs, Tamlyn Tomita, Maeley Tom, Ginger Lew, and Dale Minami.

As I mentioned in my last email, Trump remains a danger to our democracy even though he is not (yet) on the ballot. But his anti-democracy Republican acolytes are running for office in 2022 and we need to ensure that Democrats do not lose control of Congress.

CAPA21 is grateful to the sponsors of our $100,000 matching donation challenge: Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and Ai Mori and me. We would not be able to do this match campaign without these sponsors and we appreciate their generous support!

We’re thankful to these donors who responded to our request last week with donations from $100 to $10,000: Craig Yamada, MD and Monice Kwok, MD; Tani Takagi; Walter Fujii; Renie Yoshida Grohl; Maeley Tom; Karen Mori; Wendy Tokuda; Linda Cabatic; Naomi Harada; Jani Iwamoto; Laura Masunaga; and Mari Watanabe.

We will be supporting these Senate races:

  1. Georgia where Rafael Warnock barely won in 2020 and is running again;
  2. Arizona to support Mark Kelly;
  3. Nevada where Catherine Cortez Masto won by less than 5%;
  4. Pennsylvania where incumbent Senator Pat Toomey is retiring so the seat will be open;
  5. Possibly Wisconsin, North Carolina, even New Hampshire.

For the House races, we are focusing on California first, on races that Republicans are now targeting, and if we raise enough money, we can direct more to other states:

  1. Josh Harder
  2. Katie Porter
  3. Mike Levin
  4. John Garamendi

In addition, we will consider Jay Chen who is challenging Young Kim with an aggressive, smart strategy in Orange County. Lastly, we will use some funds to support Attorney General Rob Bonta, and several APA state legislative races.

For the House races in California, we will wait until the state redistricting is completed before we make final decisions.

So please help once again with whatever you can afford. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 in cumulative new donations.

And please share this on social media to let your followers know that you’re engaged in APAs protecting our democracy!

Dale Minami
Co-Chair, CAPA21