Congratulates Tulsi Gabbard On Her Historic Victory

 ·, Press Release

VoteVets Action Fund spent over $317,000 in the district

Honolulu, HI - Once a long-shot, trailing by 45 points, Iraq Veteran Gabbard won her party's nomination for Congress tonight.  Should she win in November, along with Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Gabbard would be the first female combat veteran ever elected to Congress. 

VoteVets Action Fund, which had been incredibly active in the district during the past few months, spending over $317,000, released the following statement:

"Tulsi Gabbard is just an amazing public servant, and it's clear that voters in the district recognized that.  Her whole life has been about serving others - from people in Hawaii to her fellow soldiers in Iraq. She really is a different kind of leader," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of  "We're glad we were able to help spread her story, and help people learn about her and all she can offer the district."

Leading up to primary day, VoteVets Action Fund had been incredibly active, to help spread Gabbard's amazing story to 2nd District constituents.  In all, the group spent $317,256, on the following activities:

TELEVISION ADS, $237,264:  Over the course of five weeks, VoteVets Action Fund continually aired this positive spot, to give greater exposure to Gabbard's amazing story (  It was the first independent expenditure in the race.  Prior to the spot airing, Gabbard had trailed in polls by 45 points.  After the ad aired, she pulled into a dead heat.

MAILERS, $74,563:  The group sent a total of four mailers to area constituents, laying out what Tulsi Gabbard would bring to the district as its Representative, as well as contrasting her priorities with Mufi Hannemann, her main opponent.

PHONE CALLS, $5,429:  VoteVets Action Fund used a combination of live calls and robo calls this past week, again to bolster the positive message of Gabbard's story, and what she offered constituents.

Additionally, a separate entity, VoteVets Political Action Committee, which endorsed Gabbard, raised over $10,000 for her campaign in small, online donations.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.




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