Senator Cory Booker renounced corporate political action committee or (PAC) donations, and End Citizens United heaped praise upon him for doing so. The number of people who have left corporate PAC money on the table has been growing lately, and the trend does not look like it will be going away in the near future.
End Citizens United is a PAC that identified a problem in our electoral system. When the Supreme Court proffered its decision on Citizens United in 2010, it paved the way for special interest groups and people with a lot of money to spend as much as they wanted on political campaigns. Furthermore, these types of donations did not have to be transparent. According to ECU, this gives billionaires the power to control American elections, and the group is fighting to change that.
End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington, D. C., and it is working there to remove the influence that “Big Money” has on politics. Their mission is to help elect candidates to Congress who commit to campaign finance reform, and they galvanize their thousands of grassroots followers to financially support these candidates.
Senator Corey Booker’s Promise
The President of End Citizens United Tiffany Muller remarked on the decision that Corey Booker made recently. She stated, “Senator Booker’s decision to reject corporate PAC money demonstrates his leadership in the fight to unrig the system that’s leaving too many Americans behind. He’s showing he will be accountable to the people and not the agenda of special corporate interests. End Citizens United thanks Senator Booker and looks forward to working with him to reform the broken system so everyone has a voice in our democracy.”
Senator Booker’s pledge to turn down corporate interest money is following a trend that appears to be growing. Candidates all over the country have already joined this growing group. As a matter of fact, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand just made the announcement that she had been endorsed by ECU and that she was rejecting corporate interest money.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Promise
Ms. Muller also stated, “Senator Gillibrand has built her career on the promise to lead by example. Her decision to reject money from corporate PACs demonstrates her leadership and dedication to the people of New York. She has seen firsthand how corporate mega-donors manipulate Congress and put politicians in their pocket to pass bills, like the disastrous tax bill. By taking the pledge, Senator Gillibrand is taking a firm stand against Big Money.”
Senator Gillibrand’s stand is not something that she suddenly decided to take this year. When she first entered politics, Ms. Gillibrand tirelessly worked to ensure that politicians could be held accountable for their actions and that there would be transparency in our elections.
Senator Gillibrand was the first Congress member to post her personal financial disclosures, requests for earmarks and official daily schedule. She places her personal tax returns online every year. In addition to that, she tried to pass a law that would keep members of Congress and members of their family from making trades based on insider information known as the “Stock Act.”
How ECU Will Help Senator Gillibrand
End Citizens United’s endorsement will benefit Senator Gillibrand’s campaign because the PAC has 265,000 members in the state of New York, and ECU plans to connect the senator’s campaign with all of them. The PAC will also ensure that Senator Gillibrand receives all the money that she needs from its 400,000 members that exist all over the country.
According to End Citizens United, more than 70 people who are running for office have stated that they will not take money from corporate interest PACs. Among them are candidates that ECU has endorsed, including Andy Kim, Randy Bryce, Christina Hartman, Dean Phillips, Conor Lamb, Elissa Slotkin and Beto O’Rourke.
ECU is expecting voters to welcome the candidates they have endorsed because Americans are discouraged by the current political process. If a candidate can refuse corporate interest money, the voters will have confidence that these politicians have the voters’ interests above all others in their minds.
Who Are the Big Money 20?
ECU compiled a list of people in Congress who are part of the problem. These politicians have demonstrated their inability to support legislation that would address campaign finance reform, and it calls this list “The Big Money 20.”
End Citizens United’s Big Money 20 are Will Hurd, Pat Meehan, Ryan Costello, Claudia Tenney, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Tom MacArthur, Robert Pittenger, Erik Paulsen, Mike Bishop, Mike Bost, Peter Roskam, Rod Blum, Mike Coffman, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrbacher, Mimi Walters, Speaker Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and Dean Heller.
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