Washington is in desperate need of real, meaningful, and lasting change. Our country and our people deserve better. Common sense for common ground. That's what I'm working for in Congress.

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Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 28, 2022 at 8:16 PM

We're up against the clock

Hi friend —  I don't want to take too much of your time, so I'll be quick. Today is the last day of our February fundraiser. We're really close to our fundraising goal, but we only have a couple of hours to close the gap.  If you want to support candidates who put country over party, and elect poli…
Join Together for America · [email protected]
February 27, 2022 at 11:16 PM

Why small dollars can have big impact

One of the biggest roadblocks moderate candidates face is that, compared to more extreme candidates, they receive a lot less media attention — and a lot fewer donations as a result. One of the biggest roadblocks moderate candidates face is that, compared to more extreme candidates, they receive a l…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 26, 2022 at 8:01 PM

We have to fight back

When I ran for Congress in 2018, my intentional was simple. I wanted to offer a change from my Republican opponent, whose extremist positions had earned him the nickname "Russia's Favorite Congressman."  We have two days left before our end-of-month fundraising deadline. Will you chip in now so we …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 25, 2022 at 8:31 PM

San Francisco's recall election

Last week, an overwhelming majority of San Franciscans voted to recall three members of the school board.  Even in a city as progressive as San Francisco, the voters showed a clear preference for reason over radicalism. They were fed up with officials who were putting performative activism first. …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 21, 2022 at 6:46 PM

This is right around the corner

Primaries for the midterm elections are going to be here before we know it — literally. Some states have primaries beginning as early as March. Our end-of-month deadline is right around the corner. Will you chip in now so we can hit our fundraising goal?Primaries for the midterm elections are going…
Join Together · [email protected]
February 19, 2022 at 9:31 PM

What we mean by patriots

Our goal for Join Together for America is to elect leaders who are true patriots. The political divide has come to define American politics too much in recent years. Partisanship is rewarded with money, views, and attention. At the extreme, it has caused Republicans to embrace the Big Lie, which is…
Join Together · [email protected]
February 17, 2022 at 7:46 PM

Two-thirds of Americans agree...

... it's time to ban stock trading for lawmakers.   Members of Congress should be focused on their constituents — not on profiting off of confidential information. But that didn't stop certain members from selling securities after a closed-door meeting on COVID-19 in February 2020, just a week befo…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 12, 2022 at 6:51 PM

Reflecting on Abraham Lincoln's birthday...

    Two hundred and thirteen years ago, Abraham Lincoln was born. He would go on to change the course of our nation for the better.   He was President at a time when our country was more divided than ever, and with bravery and vision, he helped …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 10, 2022 at 9:31 PM

what REAL political discourse looks like...

    Last week, the Republican National Committee called the January 6th attack "legitimate political discourse."   Let's be clear: On January 6th, insurrectionists attacked the US Capitol with the intention of violently overthrowing a free and f…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 8, 2022 at 1:25 AM

Is Trump’s Second Coup Coming?

    There's a lot on the line for the 2022 election. But what I'm the most worried about? Our democracy.   Political scientists across the country are ringing the alarm bells about how Trump might try to steal the 2024 election. This piece in th…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
February 5, 2022 at 7:06 PM

What's on your wishlist?

    Friend  —   Over the holidays, I came across a column by Jim Simon in The Columbus Dispatch titled, "Moderates have wishes, too. Consider these 12 for 2022." I was struck by the arguments he makes, and wanted to share it with you.   Take a m…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 26, 2022 at 11:31 PM

My takeaway from Adam Schiff's new book

    Friend —   I have the greatest admiration for Congressman Adam Schiff. I served with him in the 116th Congress, sat in the depositions of patriots such as Fiona Hill, Alexander Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch, William Taylor, and others.   I saw…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 24, 2022 at 7:31 PM

Our first deadline!

    Join Together has our first fundraising deadline on January 31st!   Every dollar we raise now will help elect common-sense candidates in November.   Will you support candidates who put country over party by chipping in towards our end-of-mon…
Join Together · [email protected]
January 22, 2022 at 12:01 AM

the big problem with our political system

    Most Americans agree that they want less polarization and more bipartisanship. But in our current climate, political extremism gets rewarded with attention from the media and donations from the public. That's why we're here. Our goal with Jo…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 19, 2022 at 11:32 PM

My new position 🌴

  Hi there,   I'm excited to share that I've been appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Environmental Voters' Education Fund! California Environmental Voters work on the local and statewide levels to advocate for our environment. They help organize and educate voters, pass…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 17, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Honoring Dr. King

  Equality. Justice for all. A world without hate. These are the fundamental principles that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for. Principles that we should all share and strive for. I'm taking today to reflect on his work, honor his legacy, and give back to my communit…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 11, 2022 at 9:31 PM

I want to hear from you

  Hi,   Too often, public servants in this country seem to forget what they've been elected to do: represent their constituents. My new PAC, Join Together for America, supports people running for office who will fight for common-sense values. We're committed to electing people who put the…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 9, 2022 at 10:01 PM

Let's make a change for the better

  Country over party.   That's been my guiding principle since I first entered politics. I wanted to bring common sense values back to Washington, and fight for the issues that really matter. Unfortunately, that's not the direction our political climate is going. Too many people in Washin…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
January 6, 2022 at 11:06 PM

Join Together for America

  As promised, although I suspended my campaign, I haven’t abandoned my passion for this country, our country, nor will I stop fighting to make sure we elect leaders who understand the gift of democracy, the need to come together, to work together, for the good of the people, not for the m…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 20, 2021 at 8:32 PM

"Too close to call"

We’re less than two weeks away from our biggest fundraising deadline of 2021. When we lost in 2020, it was by a razor thin margin.  2022 is sure to be just as tight, so it's up to US to make sure we come out on top. In a race like this, our BIGGEST advantage is making sure we’re reaching…
Rouda HQ · [email protected]
December 17, 2021 at 8:32 PM

What's on the line

I won’t sugarcoat it, friend. Next year’s election is going to be hard for Democrats. We’ll likely lose some seats, so if we want to keep the House in our control, Harley MUST win. Help send Harley back to Congress and keep the House blue by chipping in >> We have less than …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 16, 2021 at 5:32 PM

Redistricting Update!

Redistricting is drawing to a close in California, and while there's been a lot of uncertainty throughout the process, we are nearing the deadline for the new maps. As of now, Orange County's coastal district has nearly 70% of our old district within its boundaries. I've been running to r…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 8:32 PM

SIGN ON: Protect Orange County's drinking water

Securing clean drinking water for future generations is extremely important — and drought isn't our only concern. In the last two years, almost a third of Orange County groundwater wells were shut down because of PFAS contamination. We need the EPA to direct funding to keep our drinking …
Team Harley · [email protected]
December 14, 2021 at 12:31 AM

Guess who likes higher gas prices?

Gas prices just hit a nine-year high in Orange County. For our hardworking families, having to pay $1.33 more per gallon makes a BIG difference, especially with the holiday season approaching. But guess who is super happy with higher gas prices — Michelle Steel! She has vast holdings in …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 10, 2021 at 12:46 AM

$12,750 back in your pocket

Here's something that doesn't make sense: taxing California families TWICE on the same dollar. That's exactly what happened after Trump's tax hike was passed in 2017. It capped state and local tax (SALT) deductions at $10,000 to the detriment of Orange County homeowners.  The SALT Deduct…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 5, 2021 at 11:31 PM

Saving our small businesses

Before Congress, I spent my career helping grow small businesses. I built and managed companies that created over 10,000 jobs. So I know firsthand how hard is it is to start a business — and how important small businesses are to their local communities and economies.   COVID-19 dealt a ser…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
December 2, 2021 at 8:32 PM

Roe v. Wade

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for a case centered on abortions rights. During questioning, the conservative majority seemed all too ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. Should that happen, nearly half of adult women could lose access to safe and affordable abortions. Unlike Mich…
Rouda HQ · [email protected]
December 1, 2021 at 12:32 AM

Here's what's at stake

  Paid for by Harley Rouda for Congress Harley Rouda served California's 48th district in Congress. In 2018, Harley defeated the 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in the very first political campaign of Harley's life. During his time in Congress, he's embraced common sens…
Rouda HQ · [email protected]
November 30, 2021 at 12:22 AM

Trump & Steel

Trump and Michelle Steel go wayyyy back. While in office, he made her an advisor... Then, when he landed at LAX in 2018, she and her husband greeted him at the tarmac.  And, when Trump was up for impeachment, she voted against it. Twice. Harley will actually stand up for Orange…
Team Harley · [email protected]
November 27, 2021 at 4:56 PM

Michelle Steel, will you hold a town hall?

Our team has held 26 town halls in the past three years. Michelle Steel has only held three since she's been in office. So, we're asking Michelle Steel one simple thing: Can you match us? Folks, your concerns should be recorded, prioritized, and addressed. How can your representative do …
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 25, 2021 at 5:07 PM

I am so thankful for you

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I am so thankful to be an American and to live in this country with all of you. I am thankful to get to spend this day with friends and family and, honestly, to leave politics at the door during our Thanksgiving meal.  Because, ultimately, today is about cele…
Alyssa Napuri · [email protected]
November 20, 2021 at 4:40 PM

How redistricting may affect us

We're all biting our nails waiting on the results from redistricting. We've seen some draft maps -- some of them have our district looking super tough, and some of them have our district looking a little bit more in our favor.  But, until we know exactly where our district is going to be,…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM

What Build Back Better will do

The Build Back Better bill is currently taking center stage, and for good reason: this bill will help us rebuild our economy, fight climate threats, and support hardworking Americans. It will also get rid of the Trump-era SALT tax cap, which is aimed at families in coastal areas, just like…
Team Harley · [email protected]
November 17, 2021 at 12:44 AM

We've got less than a year

A week ago marked one year until Election Day.  That's not a ton of time. Every month until Election Day, we're going to have to work to show voters why I'm so much more well-equipped to represent CA-48 than my opponent. And, getting that message across takes a lot of time and money.  Ca…
Rouda HQ · [email protected]
November 13, 2021 at 4:54 PM

Will you join us in calling on Michelle Steel to sign Build Back Better?

After a devastating pandemic and decades of wage stagnation, it's time for Congress to help those who need it most.  The Build Back Better plan will do just that by making housing and child care more affordable for working families. It will also support millions of Americans' access to he…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 11, 2021 at 10:15 PM

For our veterans >>

Our veterans are some of the most remarkable people you'll ever meet. And, we ought to recognize them that way. That's why, while I was in office, I fought to ensure folks in the military were paid more, I made sure servicemembers had health care, and I cosponsored bills aimed at supporti…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 10, 2021 at 12:23 AM

This is big

Wow. This is big. The bipartisan infrastructure bill passed through the House last week (even without Michelle Steel's vote) and will soon be signed by President Biden. I can hardly contain my excitement. This bill will have profound impacts. It will make our country more modern, safe, e…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 6, 2021 at 4:16 PM

My Op-Ed

I wrote an Op-Ed in the Voice of OC last week, explaining how we can better protect our oceans from offshore drilling and oil spills. Because, here's the thing, our oceans are vital. Our coasts are one of the reasons why Orange County is so special, and they bring in critical revenu…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 3, 2021 at 6:54 PM

Dark Money

Hey there -- Dark Money should not exist in our democracy. It allows wealthy people and special interests to deceive voters. But, under current law, Big Money, from both Republicans and Democrats, can spend boatloads on ads without even disclosing who is paying for the ads -- which allows…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
November 1, 2021 at 2:51 AM

A quick note this Halloween weekend

Hi there -- I know it's the evening of Halloween, so I'll try to keep this short.  Our team has been working hard to finish this fundraising month off strong -- because we know how important this race is and how much of a difference I could make in Congress for hardworking Orange County f…
Harley HQ · [email protected]
October 31, 2021 at 3:46 PM

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hey -- it's Halloween!!! It's also our end-of-month deadline. And, the combo of Halloween and a really important deadline makes it a little scary... Thankfully we have you to scare the deadline ghosts and ghouls away! Can you donate before our midnight deadline?! Happy Halloween!!…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
October 29, 2021 at 11:04 PM

$5 goes a long way

Hi there -- last quarter, our opponent raised over $750,000. And, let me tell you, that's a lot of money. I don't need the giant donations Michelle Steel is reeling in from Big Money. I just need a few dollars from people like you, and we can diminish Michelle Steel's fundraising lead -- …
Harley HQ · [email protected]
October 28, 2021 at 11:49 PM

Where CA-48 may land

Folks -- redistricting is happening as we speak, and it's really hard to know where the lines will fall. Harley's been in a tough district from the start. He still managed to become the first Democrat ever elected from CA-48. So, we know he can meet any challenge, but it's going to take a…
Team Harley · [email protected]
October 25, 2021 at 2:42 AM

Leading the fight against PFAS

PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals) are found thorughout our environment and in all of our bodies. They're called "forever chemicals" because they stay in our bodies forever and are linked to an ever increasing number of major health issues. And, for decades, the manufactur…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
October 22, 2021 at 11:50 PM

Enough is enough

If you live here in Orange County, you know that our beaches are our pride and joy. So, it's awful when Big Oil puts our entire coast as risk.  I believe our oceans are far too precious to leave them vulnerable to detrimental oil spills. Will you please join me in bringing an end to new …
Rouda HQ · [email protected]
October 20, 2021 at 11:30 PM

'Midterms bringing huge money, attention to Orange County House races'

A new article in the Orange County Register reiterated, once again, what we're up against in 2022 ⬇️  CA-48 is a tough, competitive district no matter how you spin it.  Michelle Steel currently has about twice as much money as we have on hand, and, with Big Oil in her corner, that …
Alyssa Napuri · [email protected]
October 15, 2021 at 11:14 PM

Michelle Steel & the oil spill

Hi there, I'm sure you're well aware that there was a tragic oil spill in our district recently. But, did you know, Michelle Steel made the situation more dire for Orange County families?  Check out our ad about that >>  Yes, that's right. Just days before the oil spill, Mic…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
October 13, 2021 at 11:18 PM

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation

The Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (VACF) is an organization supporting Vietnamese American cancer patients by offering them food at no cost. It makes a huge difference for these folks. So, I'm reaching out to see if you can make a donation to the organization. Every bit really cou…
Team Rouda · [email protected]
October 10, 2021 at 11:13 PM

Not something to take lightly

Up to 131,000 gallons of oil flowed into our waters. That's a lot. It's not something to take lightly.  It's a huge deal and something we need to fight to prevent in the future.  Harley's doing just that. He's already surveyed the area where the spill occurred, and he's committed to figh…
Harley Rouda · [email protected]
October 9, 2021 at 4:01 PM


Gosh, folks, this week has been a lot -- to say the least. Gallons and gallons of oil flowed into our ocean and caused absolute destruction and devastation. It has honestly been heartbreaking to see. Now, let me get to the absolute truth, folks. We need to take big steps to protect our e…