Announcing Dunn’s Democracy Defenders, Harry Dunn’s New Organization to Defeat MAGA Extremists and Strengthen Democracy

Dunn, a former Capitol Police Officer and best-selling author who protected the Capitol on January 6, dedicated himself to holding MAGA extremists accountable 

Dunn raised a record $5M in his campaign for Congress, will activate grassroots fundraising network to defeat anti-democracy extremists, support democracy reformers 

Silver Spring, MD– Today, former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn announced the launch of Dunn’s Democracy Defenders. The new organization will activate Dunn’s historic grassroots fundraising network to defeat Donald Trump and anti-democracy MAGA extremists and elect leaders who will strengthen our democracy in Congress, state legislatures, Governor’s mansions, and other critical halls of power across the country. 

Dunn, a best-selling author who protected the U.S. Capitol and defended democracy with his bare hands on January 6, 2021, dedicated himself to holding MAGA extremists accountable. 

Dunn testified before the January 6 Committee, wrote a best-selling book “Standing My Ground” about his efforts to hold MAGA accountable, and ran for Congress in his home of Maryland, where he raised over $5 million in a matter of weeks, a historic sum that is testament to how his voice on democracy issues resonates with pro-democracy donors across the country. 

Dunn is now bringing his voice and dynamic grassroots fundraising network directly to the fight against anti-democracy extremists. 

WATCH: Harry Dunn Launches Dunn’s Democracy Defenders

Dunn’s Democracy Defenders will: 

  • Work every day to defeat the greatest threat to our democracy, convicted felon Donald Trump; 
  • Make targeted investments against insurrectionists and MAGA extremists who threaten our democracy; 
  • Endorse and support Democracy Defender candidates in races up and down the ballot, electing the next generation of democracy reformers who will protect democracy from MAGA and help get big money out of our politics; 
  • Activate Harry’s national grassroots network to raise money and defeat insurrectionists and support Democracy Defenders; 
  • Deploy Harry to key districts across the country, allowing him to campaign side by side with Democracy Defenders. 

Harry Dunn released the following statement: 

“Our democracy hangs in the balance. MAGA extremists are trying to end our democracy. Giant super PACs want to buy our democracy so it only works for them. Now more than ever, our democracy needs Defenders.

“Dunn’s Democracy Defenders is a continuation of my promise to hold insurrectionists and anti-democracy MAGA extremists accountable wherever they are, from the halls of Congress to state legislatures to races for secretary of state. Undermining American democracy should be the third rail of American politics, and we’re going to make it so. When MAGA extremists attack our democracy, they’re going to be hearing from me and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who stand with me who are going to show up with our voice, our wallets, and our votes to defeat them.” 


About Officer Harry Dunn 

Founded by former Capitol Police Officer and best-selling author Harry Dunn, Dunn’s Democracy Defenders exists to elect true Democracy Defenders to office who will take on the MAGA extremists and the massive super PACs that undermine our democracy. 

Harry Dunn was raised with values of duty, honor, and community. That’s why he became a Capitol Police Officer for over 15 years. And that’s why on January 6, 2021, he defended our nation’s Capitol from a violent insurrection bent on destroying our democracy. Because for Harry Dunn, doing the right thing is a way of life. 

Harry joined the U.S. Capitol police in 2008. On January 6, 2021, he was one of the brave officers who protected the country as a mob of insurrectionists attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. Officer Dunn protected the country from the insurrection as he experienced physical attacks and racial epithets from those storming the Capitol building. 

Harry defended democracy with his bare hands on January 6, and he’s seen firsthand how extremism, corruption, and big money in politics is threatening our democracy and taking power away from the people. 

In recognition for Officer Dunn’s role in protecting the U.S. Capitol, President Joe Biden awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal. 

The medal is the second-highest award a civilian can get and is given by the president to “U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Officer Dunn said at the time, “I think it’s important to note that I accept this medal not as a Capitol Hill Police Officer, a job I have held for over 15 years. Rather, I am here as an American. What I did on January 6, I did as a police officer. It was my job. But what I have done every day since, I do because I am an American.”

Dunn’s best-selling book, Standing My Ground, talks about his experience on January 6th and in its aftermath, and calls out Donald Trump and MAGA extremists for stoking the violent insurrection. 

Dunn’s Democracy Defenders is Harry’s commitment to building up the next generation of Democracy Defenders who will defeat MAGA, get big money out of politics, and ensure our democracy works for the people. 

Harry Dunn is the son of a United States Air Force veteran and a former insurance claims analyst, and a brother to four sisters. He was born and raised in Prince George’s County and graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in Health Science with a concentration in public health education. 

A proud Duke Dog, Harry was a starter on the offensive line at JMU for four years and helped lead the team to their first ever national championship. He is a devoted father of one daughter, Daphne.