Jessica Morse Again Tops Entire CA-04 Field in Fundraising

Leading Democrat raises more, has more cash on hand than incumbent McClintock and all other Democrats in race

Official Press Release from Jessica Morse for Congress Campaign:

Roseville, Calif. – Following yesterday's fundraising deadline for the first quarter of 2018, the Morse for Congress campaign has now outraised the full field of contenders in the 4th Congressional District for the third quarter in a row. Her $357,000 haul bests Congressman Tom McClintock's $326,000 and Democrat Regina Bateson's $141,000, as well as all other candidates on the ballot. Morse also has more cash on hand than any other candidate, with her $715,000 war chest larger than McClintock's $675,000 and Bateson's $261,000. Impressively, Morse is one of just six California Democrats who out-raised an incumbent Republican this quarter, and among those, is the only one who has more cash on hand.

This is the third quarter in a row that Morse has topped McClintock as well as her fellow Democratic challengers in money raised. In the previous quarter, Morse raised $292,000, topping Bateson's $260,000 and McClintock's $215,000. Morse has now raised close to a million dollars since she entered the race last year – also more than any other candidate from either party.

"Changing the tone in Washington begins with sending new voices there to represent us, and I am proud that our campaign continues building momentum to reach that goal," said Morse. "This fundraising success proves that our campaign will have all the resources we need to get our message out and finally bring effective, accountable leadership to the fourth district."

Morse received donations from all ten counties in the 4th Congressional District in the most recent filing, and has raised more than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008 – which he won by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Morse's fundraising success comes on the heels of receiving the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the state convention in February, where she earned 65% of the delegates' votes. Also this quarter, the Cook Political Report – one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan political newsletters – moved the 4th District race out of the "Solid Republican" category, in large part due to the strength of Morse’s campaign, indicating the race has the potential to become highly competitive by November.

Morse Campaign Announces Over $350,000 Raised in First Quarter of 2018

With over $700,000 on hand, raises more than any other McClintock challenger since his first election

Official Press Release from Morse for Congress Campaign:

Roseville, CA – Today, the Jessica Morse for Congress campaign announced it raised over $350,000 in the first three months of 2018, her best fundraising period yet, and began April with $717,000 on hand. Impressively, Morse has now raised close to $1 million for the campaign thus far – more than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008, including all other Democrats running in the 4th district this cycle.

Morse received donations from all ten counties in the 4th congressional district. In the previous quarter, she established a cash-on-hand advantage over McClintock and outraised him significantly, $292,000 to $215,000.

"I am honored that so many people from across the district put their trust in me and this campaign to bring much-needed change to Washington," said Morse. "As a fifth-generation Northern Californian, I have deep roots in this community, and pledge to be a fighter for working families here every single day. Residents of the 4th district are already speaking loud and clear: it's time for ineffective, lifelong career politicians like Tom McClintock to go."

Morse's fundraising success comes on the heels of receiving the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the state convention in February, where she earned 65% of the delegates' votes. Also this quarter, the Cook Political Report – one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan political newsletters – moved the 4th district race out of the "Solid Republican" category, in large part due to the strength of Morse’s campaign, indicating the race has the potential to become highly competitive by November.

Sierra Forward Endorses Jessica Morse

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Official Press Release from Sierra Forward:

Emphasizing the need to unify and get on with the task of defeating five-term Congressman and lifelong politician Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), Sierra Forward today announced its support for the Democratic frontrunner, Jessica Morse, of Pollock Pines.

Rochelle Wilcox (of Roseville), herself a candidate in the 4th district until she suspended her campaign late last year and who is now a member of the Sierra Forward Leadership Team, says of Ms. Morse, “Jessica’s character was revealed at a young age, when she committed her life to service. First, she traveled to Nepal and Ethiopia to help improve the lives of people there. Then she joined US AID, to support its critical mission in war-torn Iraq. After that, she went to graduate school studying ways that America can play a constructive role in the world, and then gained a prestigious fellowship advising our military in the Pacific. She has done more for our country and humanity in the past fifteen years than most people do in a lifetime.”

Wilcox went on to blast Republicans in control of Congress, saying that, “They have rammed through a billionaires’ tax cut, ignored our desperate need for infrastructure spending, sabotaged the Affordable Care Act, started to sell off treasured public lands, opened the gateway to expanded off-shore drilling and reduced protection of our shores and waterways. To reverse these outrages and prevent future assaults on our way of life, we need to put Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives.”

Declaring that “Sierra Forward’s commitment to change is stronger than ever,” former Regina Bateson supporter, contributor and fundraiser Corley Phillips of Granite Bay, who now heads Sierra Forward’s Finance Committee, continued “California is under attack by both the White House and Congress, and McClintock is aiding and abetting that effort. It’s time we got better representation for the 4th district!” Phillips went on to warn, however, that “We won’t be able to do that if we continue to fight among ourselves. It is time to unite and to get on with the task of beating Tom McClintock! That is why I am in support of Sierra Forward’s decision to fully embrace Jessica Morse’s candidacy for Congress.”

Reflecting her years as a progressive political activist, including service as Bob Derlet’s campaign manager in his race for Congress in 2016, Kate Scott (Lincoln), Vice Chair of Sierra Forward, declared, “Democrats are bound together by values that matter to us—equal opportunity for all, health care as a right, clean air and water, and a government that works for all of us. Sometimes we argue about how best to achieve those goals, but we never abandon those values.” Turning to the 2018 midterm election, Ms. Scott said, “We have new excitement and more energy this year. And we have unanimous agreement on the need to replace Tom McClintock, and to send him back to Southern California. For that reason, I am delighted that Sierra Forward has decided to get behind Jessica Morse at this early juncture and to give her the boost that will help put her over the top on June 5.”

“We all recognize that winning in this district won’t be easy,” said Sierra Forward’s Campaign Manager, Les Francis (Camino), but we have research that shows it is entirely possible—only 35% of district voters support the reelection of the incumbent; volunteer support for the effort is greater than anyone has ever seen before. It is doable.” He then added, “But the sooner we get on with the campaign against McClintock the better. The longer the intramural fight continues, the more negativity that gets injected into the conversation, the tougher our task becomes. It is time to end the division and it is time to unite behind Jessica Morse. She is the endorsed candidate. She is the best candidate. And she will be the winning candidate!”

Sierra Forward is a ten county, congressional district-wide campaign organization devoted solely to defeating Rep. McClintock and replacing him with a Democrat. Because of its work, and the strength of Ms. Morse’s campaign to date, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), has elevated the 4th district race to its list of targeted campaigns in California.

Placer Women Democrats Endorse Jessica Morse for Congress

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Official Press Release from Placer Women Democrats:

The Placer Women Democrats today strongly endorsed Jessica Morse to represent California’s Fourth District in Congress.

In a unanimous vote, the board of directors agreed that Jessica Morse has the integrity, ability and commitment to address our district’s most urgent challenges, from job creation and rural broadband to fire safety.

As women and as community leaders in Placer County, we are thrilled to have a candidate of Jessica’s caliber who is also a fifth-generation daughter of the Sierra foothills.

We believe it is crucial for Democrats to unify behind the strongest possible candidate, which Jessica has proven herself to be. We have an extraordinary opportunity this year to unseat the do-nothing Republican incumbent, who has never lived in our district, and to elect a leader who will put community ahead of party. We should not squander this opportunity.

Jessica Morse is exactly the kind of unifying leader we need. As a national security strategist, she served our nation as a civilian in Iraq at the height of the war and then helped manage the State Department and USAID budgets for Iraq reconstruction. As an adviser to the head of the US Pacific Command, she drafted a key element of the US-India defense strategy.

Here at home, Jessica has attracted passionate grass-roots support, as well as praise from leaders across the state. The California Democratic Party overwhelmingly endorsed Jessica as its preferred candidate for Congress in the Fourth District.

Jessica has earned our support.

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About Placer Woman Democrats: Placer Women Democrats is a grassroots group of women in South Placer County in California working to elect progressive female candidates to office and to educate all voters on local, state and national issues. Placer Women Democrats seeks to identify and support the election of qualified women Democratic candidates with a focus on urgent issues affecting women, including reproductive rights, equal pay, LGBTQ rights, human rights, immigration, education, and environmental protection.

REP. ERIC SWALWELL ENDORSES JESSICA MORSE FOR CONGRESS

By: Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

I am proud to endorse Jessica Morse for Congress in California’s 4th Congressional District because she has dedicated her career to advancing America's national security. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am gravely concerned about the dangers our nation faces from those who would seek to undermine our democracy. We need more leaders like Jessica who are unwavering in their commitment to always putting the interests of our nation first. With a record of dedicated public service, Jessica has proven herself to be that kind of leader.

Ben Rhodes Endorses Jessica Morse for Congress

By: Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama from 2009 to 2017

As someone who spent eight years as President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, I am concerned about America’s national security and our standing in the world. At this dangerous moment, Congress needs more leaders who are willing to defend American values, inspire others to get involved, and put our country’s long-term interests ahead of their personal ones.

Jessica Morse is that kind of leader. She served our country in Iraq with USAID, helped coordinate the significant Iraq foreign aid budget at the State Department, and served as an advisor to the head of U.S. Pacific Command. She has first-hand experience in defense, diplomacy, and development. Representative Tom McClintock is a career politician who has supported President Trump’s reckless approach to foreign policy, which risks greater conflict. Jessica has worked, sometimes in dangerous places, to address the consequences of war and build the cooperation that can prevent new ones.

Jessica showed personal courage. As a young person, she went to an Iraq that was still rife with conflict. Jessica showed creativity. While at PACOM, she developed an innovative approach - using renewable energy as a way to advance the U.S.-India defense relationship, which was a top national security priority for the Obama Administration. She drafted a strategy and built a coalition of people across the government to get that done, which is what we need more of from Congress today.

I’ve sat in the room with the most senior decision-makers in our government. And I can tell you that they rely on the advice, analysis, and hard work of people in positions just like the ones that Jessica occupied - people whose names are not in the headlines. Indeed, I believe that the young people I met in national security - whether in the military, Foreign Service, intelligence community, or development professionals like Jessica - are the lifeblood of our nation’s defense. They bring energy, patriotism, and new ideas to the table. We should be honoring that type of service; we certainly need more of it.

We are lucky, as a country, that there is a generation of Americans who signed up to serve in various capacities after 9/11. Jessica Morse did the type of jobs that don’t always get the spotlight, but they make the difference. She has a perspective that doesn’t just come from Washington, it comes from the field. She had colleagues who liked and respected her.

Jessica Morse has every reason to be proud of her accomplishments. She has proven that she has the intelligence, courage and commitment to find constructive solutions to daunting problems in some of the most trying circumstances. That’s why I am proud to support her as she pursues the next chapter in her service by running for the United States Congress.

One Week Later

By: Jessica Morse

In fifth grade, I remember huddling under my desk at school as my teacher turned off the lights, pulled the curtains and locked the doors. The intruder alarm was blaring. She assured us it was just a drill. She read us a story as we lay on the floor under our metal desks in the dimly lit classroom. Later that day, I learned that someone had come onto campus with a gun. I think back to the bravery of my teacher, allowing us to feel safe in our classroom, sheltering us from the terror she must have felt.  

My eyes still well with tears when I think of the brave teacher at Sandy Hook who shuffled all of her first graders into a bathroom, then stepped out and sacrificed her life, and the football coach at Parkland who shielded students with his own body. Our teachers are brave and courageous and self-sacrificing every day. But they shouldn’t have to be.

McClintock suggests that more guns in schools would have stopped this unthinkable tragedy. He believes teachers and “men, women, and children” should be armed to protect themselves.

I have lived in a world in which everyone was armed with automatic weapons. It’s called a war zone. I’m here to tell you it was not safer.

We all want to protect our children and families, our schools and places of worship, our communities and citizens. Americans are less divided on this issue than it appears. We must agree on common sense safety measures to protect our families and communities from this awful violence.

Like many in our district, I grew up hunting with my family and respect the rights of responsible gun owners. I know firsthand the difference between a gun designed for hunting and one designed for combat.

In California, we are lucky to have some of the strongest, and most effective, gun safety policies in the country - background checks on all gun sales, required waiting periods, and a ban on assault weapons. I want to take these common sense protections we already have in California and make them federal policy.

Even amidst the darkest grief, there is a glimmer of hope. Watching the brave and passionate young survivors of Parkland cry out for action has moved all of us to tears, and needs to move us to action.

Let’s start by holding representatives like McClintock accountable. As the students of Parkland are demonstrating, we can hold them accountable with our voice and with our vote.

Correcting the Record

By: Jessica Morse

We’re grateful that, with your help, we’ve built such momentum running a positive campaign focused squarely on the needs of people in the 4th District. We’ve tried to live by Michelle Obama’s advice to always go high, and to date, we have run a campaign that has stayed positive and avoided attacks on the other Democratic women in this race. But in light of recent attacks on my career in national security, I do want to share more with you about my service as a civilian to our country. It’s a story that I’m proud to tell.

My call to serve came at a young age, and in a way I didn’t expect. In 2005, when I was 23 years old and just six months into my first job, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC, I was asked to go to Iraq to replace an injured colleague. I had opposed the decision to invade Iraq,  but recognized that civilians were suffering on the ground and our troops would never get home unless we worked to stabilize the situation and support reconstruction.  

Ultimately, I served in Iraq for a year and a half, during a period of intense political turmoil and rising insurgent violence. I worked first as an Information Officer documenting USAID’s work around the country, and then in increasingly responsible roles as Donor Coordination Advisor and later Activity Manager overseeing two USAID programs related to Iraq’s civil service, elections, and media. Throughout my deployment, I worked alongside diplomatic and military colleagues in a coordinated effort to create security, promote economic development, and support Iraqi self-government.  

When I returned to Washington in 2007, still just 25, I had more first-hand experience of conditions on the ground in Iraq than most civilians in government at the time. As a result, I was appointed Iraq Country Coordinator in the office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (under Henrietta Fore). In that role, it was my responsibility to coordinate non-military assistance to Iraq within the State Department and USAID, vetting proposals for funding, ensuring that resources went to the most effective programs, and resolving conflicts and overlaps between agencies.   

After leaving State to earn my Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a focus in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Security from Princeton University, I was chosen for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), a highly selective federal government training and development program. Designed to fast-track careers in government, the PMF rotates young leaders through positions in different government agencies. During my two-year fellowship, I served rotations as a Political Officer in our embassy in India, and then as a Strategic Policy Analyst and later an advisor to the Commander of US Pacific Command (military headquarters for Asia and the Pacific). At Pacific Command, I joined the Commander’s Action Group and drafted a US-India defense strategy using renewable energy technology transfer as the foundation for defense cooperation. I later returned to USAID, where I helped develop foreign assistance programs and budgets for politically sensitive countries including Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Burma.

I have been honored to receive awards from each of the agencies for my work. These include the Superior Honor Award from the US Department of State; the Distinguished Honor Group Award from the US Agency for International Development; and the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award from the US Department of Defense.

After Swiftboating, birtherism, and other attacks, Democrats are all too familiar with smears as a political tactic. While I never expected this in our primary, I’m glad for the chance to speak up about my career and my service to our country. I am running because I believe I am the right person to represent our community and challenge career politician Tom McClintock.

Thank you for helping me put a stop to false and negative campaigning. We are working together to change the political culture and that effort starts with us.  

Our campaign welcomes any additional questions -- please reach out to us at hello@morse4congress.com. You can also view detailed answers to additional questions on our website.

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In their own words, hear from people who served with me:

Dirk Djikerman, former Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Director of US Foreign Assistance

“Jessica helped me at the Department of State, as the Iraq Country Coordinator. Here she successfully guided $25 billion in Federal funds through Congressional appropriations and oversight committees, and coordinated with the many different U.S. Government departments and agencies engaged in Iraq’s reconstruction and recovery. I last benefited from her expertise when she advised me on managing USAID’s multi-billion dollar budget for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Drawing from her international experience and knowledge on navigating Washington, she advanced two high-stakes U.S. National Security priorities.”

Captain (Ret.) Dave Cutter, US Navy

“From 2011 to 2012, Jessica and I were colleagues at the US Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the time, I was the Director of the Commander's Action Group, commonly referred to as the CAG. We were a small team of trusted advisors and strategists to the four-star military commander whose strategic focus was concentrated on enhancing the US pol-mil relationship with three major stakeholders in the region; our existing allies and partners, China and India. Jessica’s area of expertise on the team was our relationship with India. As we developed the pol-mil element of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy, her drive to pursue a bio-fuel initiative was an innovative path to enhance the United States’ rapidly growing relationship with a major strategic player in the region.”

Gautam Rana, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Slovenia

“I was the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi when we were lucky enough to get Jessica for six months as a Presidential Management Fellow. The most important event for the Embassy was our yearly Strategic Dialogue with the Indian Government. Jessica played a critical role in ensuring the 2012 Strategic Dialogue was successful, including helping to draft key papers and providing important logistical support. Jessica was a terrific colleague and her efforts helped ensure the continued development of the U.S.-India bilateral relationship.”