Progressive group switches endorsement to Clinton
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DFA's endorsement of Clinton, details of which were shared with The Hill, came as Sanders announced his support for his former rival at a joint event after weeks of withholding his endorsement.
 
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"Bernie Sanders not only ran a presidential campaign that ensured that the populist progressive values he's fought for his entire life are at the center of the 2016 debate, he built a grassroots movement with the campaign skills, battle-tested grit, and unrelenting determination to keep the Democratic Party on that path for the next generation," Charles Chamberlain, DFA's executive director, said in a statement shared with The Hill.

"Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE won't just cement the corrosive trends of income inequality, structural racism, and out-of-control money in politics into the national agenda, he'll double down on them and add a little unrepentant bigotry on the side," Chamberlain continued.

DFA characterized its endorsement of Clinton as "continuing to stand with Bernie Sanders." It also acknowledged that it's "not going to agree with every decision Hillary Clinton makes and, when our members think she's wrong, we won't shy away from making sure their voices are heard."
 
DFA boasts more than 1 million members and was one of several progressive groups that announced their support of Sanders early in the Democratic race, which grew unexpectedly competitive heading into 2016. The group backed Sanders in December after its members overwhelmingly picked him.
 
The Independent Vermont senator, who positioned his campaign as a "political revolution," was the first presidential primary candidate the group had ever endorsed. He also received more than $1.8 million in donations from DFA members, according to the group, the most it has raised for a single candidate in its 12-year history.
 
Another progressive group that had backed Sanders, MoveOn, said in early June that Clinton should be party's nominee after she secured the necessary delegates, even as Sanders's campaign continued. 
 
Sanders endorsed Clinton on Tuesday during the pair's first joint campaign appearance at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H.
 
"I intend I do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States," Sanders said in prepared remarks.
 
DFA said that Clinton has shown that she is willing to listen to Sanders and his progressive supporters.
 
"During the battle for the Democratic nomination and especially since the conclusion of primary voting, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated a real willingness to listen and respond favorably to the the big, bold populist progressive ideas that inspired the political revolution and we're excited to do everything we can to ensure that continues in her White House," Chamberlain said.