Press Releases

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july 26th, 2018

314 Action Endorses Ocean Engineer Joe Cunningham for Congress in SC-1

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action endorsed ocean engineer Joe Cunningham for Congress in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, a seat formerly held by long-time incumbent, Mark Sanford. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.

 

june 28th, 2018

314 Action Announces 3 New Endorsements in Key Districts

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, the largest organization created to support STEM professionals running for public office, announced three new federal endorsements for the 2018 election cycle:

 

june 21st, 2018

Will Underwater Constituents Finally Wake Up Scott Taylor?

(Washington, D.C.) -- Following reports that a large number of homes in the Second Congressional District would be underwater due to climate change by 2030, 314 Action is taking Rep. Scott Taylor to the mat for his lack of action on the issue.

 

june 13th, 2018

314 Action Calls on Scott Taylor  to Take a Stand on Access to Health Coverage for His Constituents

314 Action today called on Rep. Scott Taylor, the newly chosen GOP nominee for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, to clarify his position on health insurance coverage for the 1.4 million Virginians who have pre-existing conditions. 
 

 

june 12th, 2018

314 Action Congratulates Elaine Luria for Primary Election Victory in Virginia’s Second Congressional District

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action, the nation’s only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals running for office, congratulated Navy Commander and nuclear engineer Elaine Luria for her primary victory in Virginia’s Second District.
 

 

may 24th, 2018

314 Action Fund Announces $285k Paid Communications Plan In Support of Brian Forde in CA-45

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action Fund announced a paid communications plan supporting endorsed candidate technologist Brian Forde who is running for Congress in California’s 45th District.The program will introduce Brian to voters via direct mail and a cable television ad buy.
 

 

May 22nd, 2018

314 Action Endorses Climate Scientist Danielle Meitiv for Montgomery, MD Council-At-Large

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action endorsed climate scientist Danielle Meitiv for Montgomery, MD Council at Large. 314 Action is the nation’s only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals looking for assistance running for office.
 

 

may 8th, 2018

New Polling Data Show Hans Keirstead Best Positioned to Defeat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action Fund and data-scientist-led polling firm Change Research released the results of a poll of likely voters in California’s 48th District, showing Keirstead leading other Democrats in the race before message and taking the lead ahead of incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher following messaging on all candidates.
 

 

march 22nd, 2018

314 Action Releases Statement on Provision Allowing the CDC to Study Gun Violence After 20+ Years

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action released the following statement on a partial reverse of the Dickey Amendment to be voted on Friday:
 

 

february 21st, 2018

314 Action Releases Poll Showing Scientists Lead Charge to Retake House, Announces $1.8M Dollar Ad Buy

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action and Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a nationwide survey of likely voters concerning their views of scientists running for public office and the Trump Administration’s treatment of science.
 

 

february 15th, 2018

314 Action Calls for Repeal of The Dickey Amendment, Allowing Science to Help Solve Gun Violence

(Washington, D.C.) -- Following news of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida that has left at least 17 people dead, 314 Action founder, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
 

 

january 19th, 2018

GOP Government Shutdown Poses Short and Long Term Threats to Science

(Washington, D.C.) -- President Trump and Senate Republicans are threatening to shut the government down over their radical proposals for immigration reform. Their extremism will cost American taxpayers billions and cause both immediate and lasting damage to federal scientific efforts.
 

 

december 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Geophysicist Grant Kier for Congress in Montana

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Grant Kier who is running for Congress in Montana. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
 

 

november 14th, 2017

314 Action Releases Statement on Mindi Messmer’s Congressional Campaign Announcement

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, environmental scientist Mindi Messmer announced her candidacy for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. Attached is the press release from her campaign.
 

 

november 2nd, 2017

314 Action Releases Statement on Rep. Lamar Smith’s (TX-21) Decision Not to Run In 2018

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, following Rep. Lamar Smith’s announcement that he would not run again for office in 2018, Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, released the following statement:
 

 

october 19th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Mayor of Raleigh, Local and School Board Candidates

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action endorsed Nancy McFarlane for reelection as the mayor of Raleigh, NC. McFarlane is a pharmacist and a medical entrepreneur who has served as the Mayor of Raleigh since 2011. Nancy is the only top 50 city mayor in office who has a STEM background.
 

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in Texas’ 21st District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Joseph Kopser, who is running for Congress against Lamar Smith in TX-21. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
 

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Dr. Kathie Allen for Congress in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Dr. Kathie Allen, who is running for Congress. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Roger Dean Huffstetler for Congress in Virginia’s 5th District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Roger Dean (RD) Huffstetler, who is running for Congress in Virginia. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
 

 

september 6th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Community Doctor Ron Birnbaum for CA State Assembly

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Ron Birnbaum (D), who is running for California’s 51st State Assembly District. Birnbaum is running in a special election on Oct. 3 to fill the seat Jimmy Gomez (D) left vacant after winning a Congressional seat.
 

 

july 20th, 2017

Congressional Candidate and Volcanologist Jess Phoenix to Appear on Shark Week’s “Devil Sharks”

(Washington, D.C.) -- This Sunday, Jess Phoenix, candidate for Congress in California’s 25th District, will be featured on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week as she leads a camera crew into an active volcano to view sharks who make volcanoes their home. The program, “Devil Sharks” will air at 10PM EST on Sunday, July 23. Jess, a geologist who specializes in volcanoes, was recruited by 314 Action and will run against one of the most anti-science members of the House Science Committee, Republican Steve Knight.
 

 

june 23rd, 2017

314 Action Endorses Stem Cell Pioneer Dr. Hans Keirstead for Congress Against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Dr. Hans Keirstead, who is running for Dana Rohrabacher’s Congressional seat in California’s 48th District. Keirstead, one of the 6,000 candidates with STEM backgrounds that 314 Action recruited, is the first non-incumbent endorsement 314 Action has made.
 

 

may 18th, 2017

314 Action to Target Donald Trump In His Living Room with Cable Ad Buy

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced a cable ad buy, supported entirely through grassroots donations from its network of 185,000 pro-science advocates, that will specifically target an audience of 1—President Donald J. Trump.
 

 

march 31st, 2017

314 Action to Hold Rescheduled Candidate and Activist Training Session at American University on April 20

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action will hold an in-person training session for STEM professionals wishing to run for office on April 20. This is a rescheduled event from the training session which was scheduled for Pi Day (March 14) but was postponed due to Winter Storm Stella and broadcast on the web. Since January, more than 3,000 scientists and STEM professionals who want to fight back against the GOP-led war on science have signed up for 314 Action’s candidate training program.

 

march 2nd, 2017

314 Action to Hold Live Candidate Training for Scientists and STEM Professionals at American University

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action, a recently formed nonprofit committed to electing more scientists to public office, will hold a candidate training session for scientists and STEM professionals seeking office on March 14th at American University.  In a little over a month, more than 3,000 scientists and STEM professionals who are angered by President Trump and the Republican Party’s war on science have signed up online for the session. 314 Action is quickly becoming the face of the intersection between science and politics, and a voice for pro-science advocates.
 

 

january 20th, 2017

Renewed Call to Save Data after White House Climate Change Site Purged from the Web

(Washington, D.C.) -- Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration today, his Administration wasted no time purging the White House’s climate change webpage, leaving visitors with a “page not found” message. 314 Action and a coalition of volunteer scientists under the umbrella organization, EDGI, are again calling for immediate financial assistance and donations from the public to assist with the archiving of crucial climate data, before it’s too late.
 

 

january 5th, 2017

314 Action and the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) Call for Help to Protect Climate Data

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its partnership with EDGI, a coalition of academics, environmentalists and nonprofits that is at the forefront of the defense of climate data and other scientific environmental research that may be purged under an anti-science Trump Administration. EDGI made headlines in mid-December for their successful efforts to organize collaborative events aimed at preserving EPA data.
 

 

december 7th, 2016

314 Action Releases Statement on President Elect Trump’s Nomination of Scott Pruitt to EPA Administrator

(Washington, D.C.) -- After it was announced Donald Trump would nominate former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new EPA Administrator, Board President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
 

 

decmeber 6th, 2016

Scientists and Activists Send Letter to President-Elect Trump Urging Immediate Action on Climate Change

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, a recently formed nonprofit committed to giving a unified voice to the STEM community and grassroots activists, sent a letter (see attached) to President-Elect Donald J. Trump urging him and his Transition Team to tap the expertise of the STEM community when crafting policy related to climate change and to acknowledge the real and immediate threat of climate change to our national security.

August 1st, 2018

314 Action Endorses Dr. Kim Schrier in WA-08

(Washington, D.C.) -- Pro science advocacy organization 314 Action announced today its endorsement of Dr. Kim Schrier with a significant digital advertising buy targeting voters in Washington's 8th Congressional district. The ads, produced in collaboration with Emily’s List, will run on Facebook and other online platforms with three spots (one, two, three) focused on Dr. Schrier’s science-based approach to health care issues.

july 18th, 2018

New Polling Data Show Joseph Kopser within Margin of Error of Chip Roy

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action and data-scientist-led polling firm Change Research released poll results today showing aerospace engineer Joseph Kopser neck and neck against longtime Texas political operative Chip Roy in the race for Texas' 21st Congressional District. The poll surveyed 672 district voters and has a margin of error of 4%.

 

june 25th, 2018

314 Action Announces STEM Candidate Training in San Francisco Bay Area

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, the largest organization created to support STEM professionals running for public office, announced a training for prospective candidates to be held July 20-21 at The Tides Foundation.
 

 

June 21st, 2018

Sen. Dean Heller Should Think About Vegas Lights During Trump Fundraiser  

(Washington, D.C.) -- When Sen. Dean Heller heads to his fundraiser in Las Vegas this weekend with President Donald Trump, he should think long and hard about the notoriously neon city and how much energy all those lights, air conditioners and slot machines use. Despite the efforts of Yucca Mountain supporting special interest groups like Clear Path claiming Heller is a clean energy advocate, his votes tell a starkly different tale.

 

June 12th, 2018

314 Action Endorses U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for Re-Election Bid

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich in his re-election bid in New Mexico. 314 Action is adding him to its list of STEM Trailblazers, incumbent members of Congress with STEM backgrounds who have a proven record of standing up for science while in office.
 

 

june 6th, 2018

314 Action Congratulates Endorsed State Assembly Candidates in California

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action, the nation’s only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals running for office, congratulated Luz Rivas, Dan Kalb and Bill Quirk for their victories in the election for California’s state assembly. Kalb and Quirk won their primaries, while Rivas won a special general election.
 

 

May 22nd, 2018

314 Action Congratulates Joseph Kopser on His Victory in Texas

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action, the nation’s only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals running for office, congratulated aerospace engineer and veteran Joseph Kopser on his victory in the Democratic primary runoff election for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. 314 Action endorsed Joseph for Congress last year.
 

 

May 8th, 2018

314 Action Endorses Candidates for State Legislature Following Successful Training

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, the nation's largest resource for STEM candidates running for public office, endorsed candidates running for state and local office in 5 states. These endorsements follow 314 Action’s candidate training held at DePaul University in Chicago, IL on April 20-21. The intensive training covered all aspects of running for public office, from fundraising to field to communication.

 

april 17th, 2018

314 Action Announces 6 STEM Candidate Endorsements for U.S. House

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action, a pro-science advocacy group of nearly 400,000 members that supports STEM professionals running for public office, endorsed 6 candidates from across the country for the United States House of Representatives. All six candidates have backgrounds in STEM fields.
 

 

february 22nd, 2018

Following Walkouts In Florida, Polling Data Shows 62% of Young People Want to Lift the Dickey Amendment

(Washington, D.C.) -- Following yesterday’s walkouts in schools across Florida, new data released by 314 action show that 18-45 year olds are more likely than older voters to favor a repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which bans the CDC from researching gun violence. Overall, voters favored repealing the ban by 55%-36%. Results of the question broken down by age were as follows:
 

 

february 20th, 2018

314 Action Endorses Physicist and Computer Programmer Governor Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate in Tennessee

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. The endorsement marks 314 Action’s second Senate-level endorsement this cycle, following the endorsement of Jacky Rosen in Nevada.
 

 

january 30th, 2018

314 Action Issues Statement on Trump’s State of the Union for Willful Ignorance Around Science

(Washington, D.C.) -- Following tonight’s State of the Union address, Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action, released the following statement:
 

 

january 18th, 2018

2017: Another “Hottest Year”

(Washington, D.C.) -- Government scientists reported today that 2017 was one of the hottest years in recorded history. Temperature records go back to 1880, and 17 of the 18 hottest years have occurred since 2001.
 

 

december 14th, 2017

314 Action Releases Statement on FCC Net Neutrality Vote

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action Executive Director Joshua Morrow released a statement on the FCC’s vote to effectively end net neutrality.
 

 

november 16th, 2017

314 Action Slams GOP Tax Plan for Impact on Ph.D. Students

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, members of 314 Action called out GOP House members for supporting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would disproportionately affect Ph.D. students in the United States -- particularly in STEM disciplines.
 

 

november 8th, 2017

314 Action Endorsed Candidates Win Big, Up and Down the Ballot

(Washington, D.C.) -- Yesterday, candidates with STEM backgrounds from 314 Action’s first-ever round of endorsements won in statewide and local elections. 314 Action-endorsed candidates from across the country won offices from county commissioner to state legislator to governor. These candidates touted the endorsement from 314 Action on the trail and put their STEM backgrounds front and center in their races.
 

 

october 16th, 2017

314 Action Founder Shaughnessy Naughton Releases Statement on TX-21 Fundraising

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign announced its Q3 fundraising totals, which showed Kopser had outraised his primary opponents as well as incumbent Rep. Lamar Smith.
 

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses 14 Candidates for Federal, State and Local Seats

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action (named for Pi…) announced its endorsement of 7 Congressional Candidates, 1 Gubernatorial candidate and 6 state races. A full list of endorsements is included at the end of this release.
 

 

September 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Dr. Mai Khanh Tran for Congress in California’s 39th District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Dr. Mai Khanh Tran, who is running for Congress in California. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
 

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Cheryl Turpin for State Delegate in Virginia’s 85th District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Cheryl Turpin, who is running for Virginia State Delegate. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.

 

september 18th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Incumbent Dr. Andrew Zwicker for State Assembly in New Jersey’s 16th District

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Dr. Andrew Zwicker, who is running for State Assembly in New Jersey. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
 

 

july 24th, 2017

314 Action Founder Fires Back at Rep. Lamar Smith’s Op-Ed on “Benefits” of Climate Change

(Washington, D.C.) -- In response to Rep. Lamar Smith’s (TX-21) op-ed published today in the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, Shaughnessy Naughton, 314 Action’s founder, released the following statement:
 

 

july 12th, 2017

314 Action Endorses Computer Programmer Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate in Nevada

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada. The endorsement marks 314 Action’s first Senate-level endorsement this cycle.
 

 

june 6th, 2017

314 Action to Hold Facebook Live Panel with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Jay Inslee and More

(Washington, D.C.) -- In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would leave the Paris Agreement, 314 Action will hold a Facebook live panel today at 4PM EST featuring Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Gov Jay Inslee, that will detail what government officials, local municipalities and citizens can and should do in response to the withdrawal.  Sen. Whitehouse is one of the most outspoken critics of climate change skepticism in the Senate, and Gov. Inslee is a member of the recently formed United States Climate Alliance.
 

 

April 11th, 2017

314 Action Releases Statement on Veteran and Engineer Chrissy Houlahan’s Candidacy for Congress

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, following the announcement of Chrissy Houlahan’s bid for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th District, 314 Action released the following statement:
 

 

march 14th, 2017

314 Action Launches “Under the Scope” to Magnify Members of Congress Who Are Anti-Science

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, announced “Under the Scope,” a targeted program to magnify members of Congress who are anti-science. The announcement was made on Pi Day, during 314 Action’s first candidate training webinar.
 

 

february 16th, 2017

314 Action Board Members Release Statement Ahead of Senate Vote on Scott Pruitt

(Washington, D.C.) -- Ahead of the final Senate vote on the confirmation of Donald Trump’s pick for EPA chief Scott Pruitt, Board President and Founder of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
 

 

january 10th, 2017

314 Action Founder Slams EPA Pick Scott Pruitt for Backing by Energy Executives and a Secretive Nonprofit

(Washington, D.C.) --  In the wake of revelations that a new group, Protecting America Now, would coordinate fundraising to push through Scott Pruitt as EPA head, and that two political action committees (among others) backing or run by Pruitt have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from dirty energy companies, Board President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:

 

december 22th, 2016

314 Action Releases First Annual Holiday Card to President-Elect Donald Trump

(Washington, D.C.) -- This holiday season, Americans who want to do something about President-Elect Trump’s disastrous picks for EPA Administrator, Sec. of Energy and Sec. of Interior will have a better option than eggnog and brandy. 314 Action’s first annual holiday e-card (below) will allow environmentalists to sign and send a personalized message to Donald Trump and his Transition Team.

 

december 14th, 2016

314 Action Launches Online Petition to Stop Scott Pruitt

(Washington, D.C.) -- 314 Action, a nonprofit committed to giving a unified voice for scientists, the STEM community and pro-science advocates, continued to apply push-back on President Elect Donald Trump’s anti-science picks for his cabinet by launching an online petition to “Stop Scott Pruitt.” Within hours, 2,242 people signed on.