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Small Businesses Support Osborn’s Call for Commonsense Reform in Sacramento

SANTA MONICA, CA— With less than a week to go until the most anticipated Assembly Primary in California, Torie Osborn, a nationally recognized leader of non-profits and government reform efforts, received a major boost today in her bid to represent the new 50th Assembly district. The California Small Business Association, representing 203,000 small business owners, gave Osborn their enthusiastic support today, citing her message of collaboration and strong support for small business.

“Torie Osborn is a small businesswoman who understands what it takes to balance a budget, meet a payroll, and who can easily grasp the practical effects that laws passed in Sacramento will have on Main Street,” said Betty Jo Toccoli, President of the CSBA. “Torie knows small business is the engine of California’s economy and has been underserved by state government. We look forward to working closely with her in developing common-sense solutions to get Sacramento working for Californians again.” Read more…

Finance Reports Frame Contest as the Grassroots Locals vs. Entrenched Insiders

SANTA MONICA, CA— The heated contest for the new, open 50th Assembly District seat is a stark contrast between Torie Osborn, a fresh, homegrown and grassroots candidate, and Betsy Butler, a Sacramento insider backed by an old-style political machine.

That’s the clear conclusion from updated campaign finance numbers, which show Osborn dominating in local support and small individual contributions while Butler is relying heavily on money from PACs and Sacramento politicians. Read more…

Citizen-Led and Grassroots Energized Campaign Empowers Volunteers to Identify and Outreach to Facebook Friends who are Voters in the New 50th Assembly District

SANTA MONICA, CA— The Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign today unveiled a groundbreaking and sophisticated new online social organizing tool that empowers volunteers to reach out their Facebook friends, identify those who live in the new 50th Assembly District, and reach out to them.

The system, titled ‘Facebook for Torie’, uses an interface that identifies which of a person’s Facebook friends lives and is registered to vote in the 50th Assembly District and then sends volunteers through to a call bank interface. Volunteers from both inside and outside the district can use the system to find friends in the district, and call them to promote and discuss Torie’s message. Read more…

Renowned Progressive Congressman Enthusiastically Endorses Torie Osborn’s Assembly Bid

SANTA MONICA, CA— Continuing to make major headway, today Torie Osborn captured an endorsement from the influential and wildly popular progressive Congressman Barney Frank.

Congressman Frank is one of the top ranking Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and is recognized as one of the most well known openly gay elected officials in our nation. He served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011, and is still the committee’s ranking Democrat. Read more…

Over 100 Grassroots Activists, Community Leaders and Supporters Joined Torie Osborn for Campaign’s Official Office Opening

SANTA MONICA, CA— With just over two months remaining until the June 5th Primary Election, this past weekend the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign held its kick-off event for the official opening of its campaign headquarters and formal launch of its field and grassroots outreach campaign.

Since first entering the race, Osborn has built up an extensive network of grassroots activists and supporters who are already enthusiastically engaged and mobilized in their own communities. Read more…

Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch Will Take the Stage in “Laughing is Good When it Benefits Torie Osborn for Assembly” Fundraiser; Members of the Cast of “Queer as Folk” to Join in the Post-Show Reception

[LOS ANGELES, CA – March 27, 2012] Marking a first in her campaign, a trio of Hollywood’s top comedians will celebrate and support State Assembly candidate Torie Osborn in a celebrity fundraising event on April 5th at 7pm at the Director’s Guild Theatre with “Laughing is Good…”. Performing at the special one-night-only comedy event are Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch, with members of the cast of Queer as Folk also attending. Among other notables, former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and Osborn herself, a leader of community nonprofits and candidate for California’s new, open 50th Assembly District, will both be appearing and speaking at the benefit.

Hal Sparks, who starred in ‘Queer As Folk’ and appears often on Stephanie Miller’s radio show, and is a member of the touring company Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, will perform a portion of his renowned stand-up show for the crowd. Lily Tomlin, who starred in her own tour de force “The Search For Signs of Intelligence In The Universe”, will take the stage for a set as a special guest. Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy Award winner, and heralded writer for the Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys, will bring thoughts from his own one-man show ‘Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous’. Members of the cast of Queer As Folk will also show their support by attending the post-show reception after the event. Read more…

Influential Group Backs the Local Grassroots Candidate with Strong Record of Fighting for Change

SANTA MONICA, CA — Torie Osborn, the leading candidate for the 50th Assembly District, today won the backing of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) – one of the most significant endorsements in Santa Monica politics.

Osborn, a leader of a community non-profits and government reform efforts, won the SMRR endorsement with 67 percent of the vote. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom received 17 percent of the votes, while South Bay Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, netted 14 percent. Read more…

First-Time Candidate Torie Osborn Raises Impressive $630,000 for June 2012 Primary; Osborn’s 1,850 Donors Demonstrate her Dynamic and Grassroots Support

SANTA MONICA, CA—Continuing to raise eyebrows of California’s political establishment, today the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign announced that it has raised $630,000 from over 1,850 grassroots donors, of which, $102,787 was raised just this quarter.

93% of Osborn’s donations were under $500, and 68% were under $100. 42% percent of all donations were given online. These statistics further cement Osborn as the grassroots candidate, with wide-ranging support. Read more…

Celebrated Labor Leader Dolores Huerta Calls Torie Osborn “True Champion for Justice;” Says She’s “Proud to Stand in Solidarity with Her”

Torie Osborn and Dolores Huerta

SANTA MONICA, CA – Torie Osborn won the endorsement today of labor icon Dolores Huerta, fueling her grassroots campaign to win California’s new 50th Assembly seat.

Huerta, a legendary figure in labor and progressive circles, said Osborn was uniquely qualified to help shatter the Sacramento logjam and fight for the common-sense agenda of Californians: educations, jobs, health care, and environmental protection. Read more…

Homegrown Candidate Continues to Secure Support from Grassroots Clubs with her Message of Change and Reform

SANTA MONICA, CA – Coming on the heels of a poll showing her leading the race for the new 50th AD, Torie Osborn has won the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD) – her ninth endorsement from a local Democratic organization in recent weeks.

Osborn, a community nonprofit executive campaigning to change Sacramento, secured the groups’ support Wednesday night. Of 91 eligible votes, Osborn won 51 votes (55%). South Bay Assemblywoman Butler received 38 votes (41%). Santa Monica Mayor Bloom earned 1 vote, while 2 members voted for no endorsement. Read more…