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Des Moines, IA. The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) watches along with the rest of country as Indian-Americans and their fellow Iowans commence the presidential nomination process today. Indian-Americans, the wealthiest and most educated minority group in the United States, have been much sought after by both Democratic and Republican parties ahead of these closely contested presidential elections. It has been estimated that Indian-Americans could raise up to a total of $20 million for the two major political parties during the current presidential campaign.

In spite of these things, however, Indian-Americans still only account for less than one percent of the population, so too do Iowans account for less than one percent of the population of the United States. Today, however, all eyes are upon them and they will have an impact far larger than the total number of caucus-goers.

Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA-3rd) alluded to this importance by saying, as Iowans, we have a responsibility to the country and the future of our nation to participate in this very democratic event. Congressman Boswell also went on to appeal specifically to Indian-Americans in Iowa, the Indian-American community has traditionally been very involved in community and politics, and I encourage for this to continue tonight when you go to your caucuses. 
State Representative Swati Dandekar (D-IA-36th) echoed the call for participation in this most important of democratic practices. This is a great nation and the Indian-American community is a part of it. The Indian-American community in Iowa has an opportunity to choose our next President. Therefore, whether we are Democrats or Republicans, we should all show up and participate in the caucuses like we always do. Our participation will show that we are part of the community. Our participation will also draw the attention of the political campaigns to our community.

Rep. Dandekar, when elected in 2002, was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislative seat in the United States, says Michael Taylor, Director of Government Affairs for USINPAC, and we are very proud to have supported her in that historic achievement.

About USINPAC
USINPAC is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to www.usinpac.com.

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