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, going back on his promises to protect people with pre-existing conditions in the district. 

On November 16, Mr. Young also voted for the passage of the GOP tax bill, which would fund tax cuts for corporations and millionaires by raising taxes on 20 million middle class families and taxing student loans. Young once again went after Iowans' health care, voting to slash $25 billion from Medicare in 2018. The state of Iowa will lose $225 million from its Medicare budget if this bill passes the senate. 

Since the majority of District 3, considered "vulnerable" for Republicans, 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 on May 5, he has refused to schedule a town hall meeting in Polk County. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in June-July, we placed a billboard about the AHCA vote just one block from his office in Des Moines. 

We are now fundraising for a billboard about Young's latest vote in a high traffic location in Des Moines. If we exceed our goal, any excess funds would be used toward voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in District 3.

In July, the Des Moines Register spotlighted our efforts as an example of the good things that Democrats can do. You can read the article here.

Donors will not be charged unless we meet our goal of $1500. The billboard company with whom we have gotten quotes are waiting for us to confirm, at which point we can determine a location. 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?

The first billboard read:

U.S. Representative David Young voted to end protection for 343,000 constituents with pre-existing conditions.

VOTE YOUNG OUT.  

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. 

We are currently determining the wording for the second billboard, but it will likely say:

U.S. Representative David Young voted to cut $25 billion from Medicare in 2018, including a $225 million for Iowa.

VOTE YOUNG OUT.  

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!

  • James Peterson endorsed

    “Taking from the poor to give tax cuts to corporations is immoral. Eliminating the Estate and Gift Tax for the benefit of less than 100 estates of the very wealthy is also immoral. Everything in the tax bill is UnChristian and goes against everything I read in the Christian Bible. Peace and Blessings”

  • Diane Ruth Nickell endorsed

    “I support Billboards to Expose David Young because he does not support healthcare for all.”

  • Dennis Smith endorsed

    “We need more of these around Des Moines and other cities in the Third District. Please consider your own contribution.”

  • Steve Petty endorsed

    “This is not the first time David Young suddenly changed a vote...let's hold him accountable!”

June 1, 2017

Offline fundraising

Hello, all!

We raised a few hundred dollars offline for the second billboard, so we have decreased our total goal to $1270. When our first billboard goes up near Mr. Young's office (hopefully some time during the week of 6/5), we will be doing a big social media push that we hope will allow us to meet our goal for billboard #2.

May 19, 2017

Campaign created!

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

  • Matthew Bailey endorsed

  • James Peterson endorsed

    “Taking from the poor to give tax cuts to corporations is immoral. Eliminating the Estate and Gift Tax for the benefit of less than 100 estates of the very wealthy is also immoral. Everything in the tax bill is UnChristian and goes against everything I read in the Christian Bible. Peace and Blessings”

  • Diane Ruth Nickell endorsed

    “I support Billboards to Expose David Young because he does not support healthcare for all.”

  • Dennis Smith endorsed

    “We need more of these around Des Moines and other cities in the Third District. Please consider your own contribution.”

  • Marti Anderson endorsed

  • Jill Sudak-Allison endorsed

  • Maria H. Conzemius endorsed

  • Steve Petty endorsed

    “This is not the first time David Young suddenly changed a vote...let's hold him accountable!”

  • Salim Zymet endorsed