Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y stands alongside Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a November campaign rally at Drake University in Des Moines.

A roundup of campaign news items of interest for Monday, December 2, 2019:

CCI ENDORSES SANDERS: The liberal advocacy group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The group will formally announce its endorsement Thursday at a campaign event featuring the U.S. senator from Vermont.

“Iowa CCI is not only the largest progressive organization in Iowa, they are the hardest working and know what it takes to win for working people,” Misty Rebik, the Sanders campaign’s Iowa state director, said in a news release. “The members of Iowa CCI made this endorsement because they know that when Bernie Sanders is in the White House, he will fight alongside us because he always has.”

YOUTH GROUP INVESTS $3.5 MILLION IN HELPING DEMOCRATS: NextGen Iowa, the state chapter of a national advocacy group that mobilizes young voters, announced a $3.5 million investment in helping Democrats in Iowa, particularly targeting the state’s presidential and U.S. Senate races.

Founded by Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, NextGen has been active in Iowa since 2014, and in 2018 helped contribute to one of the state’s highest-ever turnout by young voters.

The group said that over the next year, its 16 full-time, paid organizers will work on more than 20 campuses and in communities around the state to encourage voters ages 18 to 35 to support progressive candidates up and down the ballot.

The work in Iowa is part of a national effort by NextGen in 11 election battleground states.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR TO STUMP FOR HARRIS: Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is bringing to Iowa some home-state help for her campaign: California Gov. Gavin Newsom will campaign for Harris this weekend in the Des Moines metro area, Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

Harris is a U.S. senator from California and that state’s former attorney general. Newsom has endorsed Harris and co-chairs her campaign.

KLOBUCHAR’S PLAN FOR NATIONAL SERVICE: Investment in AmeriCorps with the goal of more than tripling the number of national service positions from 75,000 to 250,000 annually is a key element of Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s national service plan.

The U.S. senator from Minnesota said she also would invest more in the Peace Corps, establish a part-time volunteer national service program to train Americans in emergency response and disaster relief, and expand the National Care Corps to address a need for more caregivers.

“Amy’s plan to expand national service jobs is a creative and exciting way to create more opportunities for young people to pursue their passions while making a tangible difference in the world,” Cindy Winckler, a state lawmaker from Davenport who has endorsed Klobuchar, said in a statement issued by the Klobuchar campaign. “Targeting these opportunities for students coming out of high school or with one- to two-year degrees will give them a chance to experience new cultures and surroundings while preparing them for the 21st century workforce. This is an excellent investment that will pay dividends for our country.”

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