On May 5, U.S. Representative David Young cast a deciding vote to pass the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) through the U.S. House of Representatives. Despite telling constituents that he was a “firm no” throughout the week, on the evening of Wednesday, May 4th, he signed his name on to the “Upton” amendment and announced on Twitter that he was voting “yes.” Young voted to pass the bill despite:

  • The lack of a Congressional Budget Office score
  • The failure to make the bill public or receive feedback before passage
  • His promises to protect those with pre-existing conditions in the district
  • A deluge of calls from his constituents begging him to vote “no” 

Since the majority of District 3, considered "vulnerable" for Republicans, will be negatively impacted if the House bill proceeds through the U.S. Senate, we cannot afford to wait for the 2018 campaign season. We must hold Mr. Young accountable now, but our avenues are limited. Since his vote, he has refused to schedule a town hall meeting in Polk County. We are hoping to place informational billboards about Mr. Young’s AHCA vote in three key locations:

  1. On Court Avenue and 3rd Street, one block from Mr. Young’s office 
  2. On Fleur Avenue, a high-traffic artery that leads to the Des Moines International Airport 
  3. On Beaver Drive, in the heart of Northwest Des Moines

The locations above are listed by priority. The more money we raise, the more time and/or locations we can add. If we exceed our initial fund-raising goals, we will add additional locations and/or buy additional time. 

Our donors will not be charged unless we meet our minimum goal of $1500, which will buy us one billboard for 4 weeks. Two billboards will cost $2,900 and three will cost $4,400. (We will bump up to the higher limit when we reach our second goal.) The billboard company with whom we have gotten quotes are waiting for us to confirm. As soon as we hit our $1500 minimum, we will contract with them. 

Contributions will be used in connection with a federal election and are subject to the limitations and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act 102.5(a)(2)(ii) and (iii). Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. 

FAQ 

  • Why is Iowa District 3 “vulnerable”?

Iowa District 3 is considered a “vulnerable” district for Republicans. Trump won with less than 50% of the vote (Trump won 49% to 45% in the district).  Representative David Young is listed as by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a “round one” target. The district voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Voter registrations are fairly evenly split in the district, though Republicans have a 10,000 person advantage as of January 2017. (Democrats, including our group, are already organizing to decrease that advantage.)

 

  • Who is running this campaign?

Northwest Des Moines Democrats is a group of citizen activists that has been in existence for eight years. This year, we formed a statewide PAC and a federal nonconnected committee PAC. Our goal is to inform voters in our district. Our membership comprises of citizen activists and volunteers. We do activism in our free time—no one is paid. That means that every cent you donate will go to the cost of putting up these billboards.

 

  • What will the billboard say?

If the Congressional Budget Office scores the bill before we go into production, the numbers below might change. We are also still tweaking the language a bit. The billboard(s) will read something like this (with two bullet points per board):

U.S. Representative David Young voted to:

·       End pre-existing condition protections for 343,000 in this district 

·       Cut Medicaid funds for kids, elderly, & people with disabilities

·       Cap employer-provided insurance

·       Destroy healthcare for 250,000 Iowans   

This ad was paid for by the Northwest Des Moines Democrats PAC (www.facebook.com/NWDMdems) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Steve Petty endorsed

    “This is not the first 'last-minute' switch in position that David Young has executed. Let's hold him accountable for this one.”

  • Shelly Currier Silver endorsed

    “He told constituents up until the day of the vote that he was voting no and then made an excuse to vote yes. Trumpcare has the potential to kill thousands of people. Healthcare should be a right - single payor system for all!”

June 1, 2017

We are under contract!

We are thrilled to let you know that we are now under contract for the billboard one block from Mr. Young's office! We have been told that it will be put up sometime the week of 6/5. When it goes up, we will let you know. Thank you for helping to hold Mr. Young accountable for his AHCA vote.

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Steve Petty endorsed

    “This is not the first 'last-minute' switch in position that David Young has executed. Let's hold him accountable for this one.”

  • Heidi Hamand endorsed

  • tess etzel endorsed

  • Shelly Currier Silver endorsed

    “He told constituents up until the day of the vote that he was voting no and then made an excuse to vote yes. Trumpcare has the potential to kill thousands of people. Healthcare should be a right - single payor system for all!”