April 19, 2014

Daily Until June 3: Phone Bank for Mike Honda

Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17) is a longtime supporter and friend of the AAA-Fund. His work has directly matched and aided our own mission and goal. We encourage all to support him as he has supported us all in all his work.

Phone bank for Mike!

Mike Honda at San Jose High School

Join Mike Honda’s campaign and help re-elect him to Congress. Phone banks are held at the DCCC building, 430 S. Capitol Street S.E., Washington, DC. Every Wednesday from 6:30pm-9:30pm until the June 3rd primary, with additional times announced for the general election. Sign up here.

Congressman Honda is running to represent CA-17, the Silicon Valley district. He has been delivering for his district for over a decade in Congress. As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Vice-Chair of the DNC for 6 years, Mike has been a leading voice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community & a progressive champion for underserved and under-represented communities & a fierce advocate for the middle class, fighting for legislation that nurtures the tech industry in his Silicon Valley district and grows our innovation economy. His service has been recognized by his many endorsers, including President Barack Obama, Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, CA Attorney General Kamala Harris, and the California Democratic Party, among others.

His opponent Ro Khanna has amassed a questionably funded war chest and high-paid consultancy team which threatens to end Mike’s career of delivering for CA-17 and fighting for the progressive values we hold dear. We’ll even pardon Khanna’s unsavory ethical questions. Working on behalf of people like you inspires Congressman Honda’s work every day. Thus we hope you will help Mike in his time of need.

To volunteer, fill out this form or contact 503-974-6026 or hondavolunteer@gmail.com. Forward this to anyone you think would be interested in helping Mike.

Thank you!

June 18: AAA-Fund Annual Reception

Editor’s Note: Facebook Like & Tweet with us as the event nears. Also see our 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010 (alternate) and 2009 reception posts.


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ASIAN AMERICAN ACTION (AAA) FUND
AAA-FUND HOST COMMITTEE
Bel Leong-Hong * Irene Bueno * Melissa Hampe * Gautam Dutta * Tom Goldstein
“Host Committee in Formation”

PAC Donor
IBEW

Invites you to
Our 14th annual celebration honoring
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
“When We Vote, We Win”
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Democratic National Committee
Wasserman Room
430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
(Metro to Capitol South; see Google Maps)
6:30-8:30p

Suggested Donations

Individuals:
Host: $2,000
Sponsor: $1,000
Friend: $500
Guest: $125 ($100 online by 4/30)
Non-Profit/Public Sector: $100 ($75 online by 4/30)
Student/Young Professional: $55 ($40 online by 4/30)

PAC Donations:
Diamond: $5,000 – GOLD: $3,500 – SILVER: $2,500

Donations will go to AAA-Fund to support its continuing efforts to unite and activate our community.

To RSVP, buy online or contact Lida Peterson (lida@cimpa.org; 703.622.1381)

Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund, 3036 O St NW #Basement, Washington, DC 20007-3114.
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

www.aaa-fund.org

An Evening full of Conversation and Delightful Wine Pairings with Congressman Ami Bera

Editor’s Note: This article follows up our earlier invitation. Both Dr. Bera & Rep. Honda are 2013 AAAF Endorsed Candidates.

Dr. Ami Bera, Representative Mike Honda

The Asian American Action Fund kicked off its fundraising efforts for 2014 with an evening with Congressman Ami Bera (CA-D). An intimate group of AAA-Fund supporters and board members gathered at the Capitol Hill home of Monisha and Rob Santamaria on Wednesday, January 18 to hear the Congressman’s thoughts on a range of issues from international relations with China and India to skyrocketing college tuitions. The evening was highlighted by delicious food, catered by Joseph Marcolin (a.k.a. Joey Garlic of The Pug), and delightful wine pairings.

During the event, Congressman Mike Honda made an appearance to join in the festivities for the evening. Both Congressmen explained the importance that elections this year will have on increasing opportunities for APA candidates and the critical role AAA-Fund plays on supporting such candidates. When asked about his favorite memory during his first term, Congressman Bera spoke about being sworn in to Congress as his father, who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1958, watching from the gallery. “In one generation, he saw his son become a member of Congress,” he added.

After the event, Paul Tiao, a returning AAA-Fund Board member said, “It was indeed a delightful event. We had a meaningful discussion with Congressmen Bera and Honda that was filled with policy, politics, jokes and laughter all around. The event was a great success and we need to build on the momentum.”

DC, Jan 15: Dr. Ami Bera Fundraiser

We the Asian American Action Fund (AAAF) kick off our 2014 fundraising with an intimate dinner with Congressman Ami Bera on Wednesday, January 15th. The event will feature delicious food and wine pairings. Tickets start at $500 and we encourage advance online contributions.

Dr. Ami Bera (also see Wikipedia article) is an AAAF 2013 Endorsed Candidate. His campaign for both his re-election as well as representing California’s 7th congressional district embodies the AAAF’s mission & spirit. Please join us in celebrating & supporting his work.

Asian American Action Fund
Cordially invites you to a
Dinner
with
Congressman Ami Bera

An intimate evening with Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) highlighting delicious food and delightful wine pairings.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7:00 pm
Monisha and Robb Santamaria Residence 913 8 St., NE
Washington, DC 20002

Suggested Donations
Friend | $500 • Sponsor | $1,000
Individuals:
PAC Donations: Silver | $2500 • Gold | $5000

Donations will go to the AAA-Fund to support its continuing efforts to elect Asian American Democrats and politically activate the Asian American community.

Limited Space – RSVP Required!

Please RSVP to Monisha Santamaria monishasantamaria@gmail.com 646-479-0554

Menu

Asian American Action Fund’s
Dinner with Congressman Ami Bera January 15, 2013

To Start
POLENTA WITH CREAMY GORGONZOLA & WALNUTS AND
CROSTINI WITH CREAMY PESTO & TOMATOES
Lancyre Rose 2012
89 Points Wine Spectator – A vibrant style, with concentrated dried berry and melon flavors accented by dashes of pepper. Dried mango and pineapple notes emerge on the rich finish.

Mains
WILD MUSHROOM ARRANCINI (RISOTTO CAKES)
Barrique Cellars Pinot Noir 2012
92 Points Schneider’s of Capitol Hill – Inky purple in color with lots of blackberry and dark cherry fruit, a big, fat, soft middle, excellent juicy mouthfeel and a soft finish.

BROCIOLINI (ROLLED BEEF)
Antucura Calcura 2008
90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – Juicy and suave, with a fine-grained texture to the blackberry, cassis and spice flavors

To Finish
CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANNOLI
Jorge Ordonez No.2 Victoria 2012
93 Points Stephen Tanzer ́s International Wine Celler – Brilliant yellow hue. Fresh and intense, with a mix of sensations of freshly peeled apple, orange peel, bee pollen and aromatic herbs. Concentrated, fat but refreshing. Long finish. Served at the banquet of the 2012 Nobel Awards.

Catering by Joey Garlic; Wine Pairings by Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund 510 I St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20001
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

AAA Board of Directors
Marybelle Ang
K.J. Bagchi, Deputy Secretary
Irene Bueno
Gloria T. Caoile
Richard Chen, Blog Executive Editor
Rose Chu
Gautam Dutta, Executive Director
Caroline Fan
Thomas Goldstein
Melissa Hampe, Deputy Executive Director
Ken Inouye
Bel Leong-Hong, Chair-Elect
Jae Choi Kim
Otto Lee
Irene Lin
Howard Moon
Monisha Santamaria, Secretary
John Tagami
Paul Tiao
Yeni Wong, Chair
AAA Fund Advisory Board
Phil Nash
Toby Chaudhuri Kahan S. Dhillon, Jr. Justin Gillenwater Hon. Paul Igasaki Erika Moritsugu
AAA Fund Honorary Board
US Representative Honda (CA), Chair US Senator Akaka (HI)
US Senator Inouye (HI)
Secretary of Commerce Locke (Fmr.) Secretary of Transportation Mineta (Fmr.)
US Representative Becerra (CA)
US Representative Bera (CA)
US Representative Bordallo (Guam) US Representative Chu (CA)
US Representative Clarke (MI)
US Rep. Faleomavaega (American Samoa)
US Representative Green (TX)
US Representative Hanabusa (HI)
US Senator Hirono (HI)
US Representative Matsui (CA)
US Representative Scott (VA)
US Representative Underwood (Guam) (Ret.)
CA Controller John Chiang
CA Assemblymember Eng (Ret.)
CA Assemblymember Furutani (Ret.) CA Senator Lieu
IA Senator Dandekar (Ret.)
MD Delegate Barve
MD Delegate Lee
MD Delegate Valderrama
MN Senator Moua (Ret.)
OH Representative Goyal (Ret.)
TX Representative Vo
VA Representative Keam

DC Tues Oct 8: Free Happy Hour with VA’s Mark Keam & Hung Nguyen

The Asian American Action Fund invites you to a happy hour honoring 2 great Asian American candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: Incumbent Mark Keam (35th District) and challenger Hung Nguyen (67th District). Contributions accepted by the AAA Fund at this event will be used by the AAA Fund to support outstanding leaders who care about the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Tuesday, October 8
6 – 8 p.m.
Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Enjoy complimentary pizza and happy hour specials until 8 p.m.

The Asian American Action Fund ( aaa-fund.com) is dedicated to increasing the voice of the Asian
American communities in government by helping to elect candidates who have a demonstrated
commitment to these constituencies.
Suggested Contribution to AAA Fund: $25 at the event or online at http://bit.ly/KeamNguyen13 or sign up for volunteer shifts (with the campaigns) at the event.

Please contact KJ Bagchi KJBagchi@gmail.com or Tom Goldstein TGoldstein@PaxtonGroup.com with any questions.

Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

DC: Thursday Sept 19: 
Reception for
 Rep.
 Tulsi 
Gabbard (HI-2)

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honoring

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Hawai’i
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May 31, Rosslyn, VA: Happy Hour for Aneesh Chopra

Editor’s Note: The Commonwealth of Virginia holds its Democratic Primary on June 11. The below is from our friends at Aneesh Chopra’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

Aneesh Chopra for Virginia

Please Join
Aneesh Chopra
for a Happy Hour for Virginia’s Future

Friday, May 31, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 PM

Continental Modern Pool Lounge
1911 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209
In Rosslyn close to the Metro and the Key Bridge

All are welcome — $10 or $20 contribution optional

Event Info: teamchopra.org/events/may/31

RSVP to Peter Appel, AppelPeterH@gmail.com

Learn more about Aneesh: www.chopraforva.com

Aneesh Chopra was the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and fourth Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is running to make the Commonwealth better, faster, and fairer for every Virginian. Aneesh’s election will send a strong signal in today’s political climate that leaders focused on delivering a more open, innovative government can make a difference over those that emphasize gridlock and partisanship – and that with an execution focus, we can deliver results in months, not years. His campaign has built a strong grassroots network and Aneesh has earned endorsements from elected and grassroots leaders around the Commonwealth including Congressman Jim Moran, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former Congressman Tom Perriello, former Congressman Rick Boucher, and many more.

2013 CAPAL Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball

Editor’s Note: The below is in advance of the month of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

2013 CAPAL Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball

Celebrate the achievements of Asian Pacific Americans at the 2013 CAPAL Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball!

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, CAPAL is hosting the second annual APA Heritage Ball featuring a number of prominent leaders of the APA community. Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with peers, young professionals, and APA leaders in public service to commemorate the role of APAs in our society.

For event updates, visit www.capal.org/ball
Thursday, March 9, 2013
Doors open: 6:30 pm // Program begins: 7:30 pm
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Admission includes refreshments, open bar, silent auction, and special guest performances.

All proceeds will benefit CAPAL, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Asian Pacific American leaders in public service.

For more information, visit our website at www.capal.org and register at capalball.eventbrite.com.

March 27: Rep. Mike Honda Fundraiser

Mike Honda for Congress

Anil Babbar, Gautam Dutta,Dale Edmondson, Catherine Tran, Steve Ngo, Misha Tsukerman, Candace Yu, & Friends
(Host Committee in Formation)

Cordially Invite You to a Reception
In Honor of
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17)
Appropriations Committee
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Chair Emeritus

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cigar Bar
850 Montgomery Street
San Francisco

Requested Contributions:
$500 Raise/Write Chair * $250 Raise/Write Host* $50 Young Professional

Please RSVP to:
Madalene Mielke at Madalene@arumgroup.comor (202) 547-6656

Make contributions payable to:
Honda for Congress
625 3rd Street NE, Suite #2
Washington, DC 20002
FEC ID: C00351379

Or contribute securely online at: http://bit.ly/March27Anil

Contributions to Mike Honda for Congress are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. We cannot accept contributions from corporations, labor unions, government contractors, and foreign nationals who are not permanent residents. All contributions must be made from personal funds and may not be received by any other person. An individual may contribute a maximum amount of $2,600 per election (the primary and general are separate elections) to a federal candidate. Federal multi-candidate political action committees (PACs) may contribute $5,000 per election. Corporations and individuals are strictly prohibited from reimbursing another person for making a contribution to Honda for Congress.
Paid for and authorized by Honda for Congress.

Reception in Honor of Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17)

Please Join the AAA Fund and the Host Committee

Bel Leong-Hong • Irene Bueno • Yeni Wong
Shekar Narasimhan • Ginger Lew • Kerry Doi
Hon. Otto Lee • Dr. Gloria Wu
Dr. Sam Lin • Terry Lierman
(Host committee in formation)

For a Reception in Honor of
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17)
Appropriations Committee
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Emeritus

Tuesday, March 5th
6:00pm — 7:30pm
DNC—Wasserman Room
430 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Recommended Donation Levels:
HOST PAC $5,000/Individual $1,000 • SPONSOR PAC $2,500/Individual $500
GUEST PAC $1,000/Individual $250 • $50 Young Professional

To RSVP, contact Madalene Mielke at Madalene@arumgroup.com / (202) 547-6656

Please make contributions payable to:
Honda for Congress
625 3rd Street NE, Suite #2
Washington, DC 20002
FEC ID # C00351379

Or contribute securely online at http://bit.ly/March5Bel

Contributions to Honda for Congress are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and
report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. We cannot accept
contributions from corporations, labor unions, government contractors, and foreign nationals who are not permanent residents. All contributions must be
made from personal funds and may not be received by any other person. An individual may contribute a maximum amount of $2,600 per election (the
primary and general are separate elections) to a federal candidate. Federal multi-candidate political action committees (PACs) may contribute $5,000 per
election. Corporations and individuals are strictly prohibited from reimbursing another person for making a contribution to Honda for Congress.

Paid for and authorized by Honda for Congress