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If there is one issue Senator Mark Begich (D. AK) deserves a ton of praise for, it's igniting the call to expand Social Security.  And Begich's campaign wants to make sure everyone knows he's been front and center on this issue:
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 07:  Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is interviewed by Roll Call in his Russell Building office. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
What happens when Mark Begich and thousands of his closest supporters (yes, I mean you) come together to fight for Social Security?

We win.

Not that long ago, we put together a petition telling the President not to tie Social Security benefits to something called the Chained CPI. The plan, included in the President’s 2014 budget, could have cut into benefits for millions of seniors.

And this year, thanks in part to your grassroots support, Chained CPI was not included in the President’s budget proposal. This is a big win.

Let Mark know that you appreciate his efforts to protect Social Security by adding your name to the online thank you card - send along a note and we’ll pass them all along to Mark soon!

Being born and raised in Alaska, Mark knows how many of our relatives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, rely on Social Security. He knows that Alaskans cannot afford to see their benefits cut.

Mark always fights for Alaska. And that’s why we are all fighting with him!

Thank all of you for your incredible support!


Begich is running in a tough race for re-election and he has been a top target of the GOP and the Koch Brothers.  Not to mention, one of Mark's GOP opponents was recently endorsed by the Club for Growth:

FILE - This Oct. 15, 2013 file photo shows Dan Sullivan announcing a U.S. Senate bid in Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan recently commented on raising the minimum wage.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, file)
A prominent conservative organization known for spending heavily in Republican primaries endorsed former Alaska attorney general Dan Sullivan on Wednesday, in a boost to the GOP candidate’s bid to snatch the Senate seat held by incumbent Democrat Mark Begich.

“Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska,” Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, said in a statement. “Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on Obamacare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA.”

The coveted endorsement gives Sullivan a leg up in a crowded Republican primary which also includes the state’s lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, and the party’s 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Miller. The battle to beat Begich, a moderate Democrat representing a staunchly conservative state, is one of the GOP’s top targets as it vies to retake control of the Senate in November. The GOP primary is Aug. 26.

For Sullivan, the endorsement is a coveted one. It is just the fourth Senate primary into which the deep-pocketed Club for Growth has waded into this year, following the endorsements of GOP candidates Ben Sasse in Nebraska, Chris McDaniel in Mississippi and Tom Cotton in Arkansas. The decision was the product of a meticulous vetting process that illustrates how the political power structure has shifted. - Time, 3/12/14

Please do take a moment to thank Senator Begich for standing up for Social Security and please do consider donating to his campaign because we need him in the U.S. Senate now more than ever:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Social Security Defenders, In Support of Labor and Unions, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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