Why End Citizens United Sees More Politicians Rejecting Corporate Money
In February 2018, End Citizens United endorsed two U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand. The same day they were endorsed by this single-issue political action committee they had also pledged to reject donations from corporate PACs, LLCs and LLP PACS, trade organization PACS, and any other law firm and/or other entity that is “for profit” in nature.
Many candidates for political office like Gillibrand and Booker are rejecting money that comes from corporations. Others that have recently made this pledge include Senator Elizabeth Warren as well as Representative Beto O’Rourke. Other candidates looking to obtain a seat that have done so are Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Jason Crow of Colorado, and Randy Bryce of Wisconsin. People across the nation have expressed that they are sick of how politics are conducted in Washington D.C. and how many are beholden to corporate special interests. They want public servants who will instead represent their constituents best interests.
Tiffany Mueller is the president of End Citizens United. Her organization is dedicated to getting the big money out of politics which got out of control in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that resulted in all constraints being removed on what corporate interests can spend on political campaigns. She said that politicians like Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand rejecting corporate money shows their leadership and dedication on this issue.
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When talking about rejecting Big Money after receiving End Citizens United’s endorsement, Senator Gillibrand said that it is her goal to reduce the corrosive influence that money plays in politics. She said that Big Money has led to rampant corruption in Congress, in both hard and soft ways. She said the only way to return prosperity to the middle class of America is by rejecting this money and stemming the flow of special interest money to politicians.
A study conducted by End Citizens United shows that 90% of the people polled believe that the government is working just to benefit a select number of special interests instead of average Americans. The poll also showed that 62% of people say that any candidate that refuses to accept corporate money shows them that person is serious about campaign finance reform.
End Citizens United is backing candidate across the nation who are serious about reforms in regards to the money in politics. They, too, reject money from corporate interests, instead relying on a network of grassroots supporters. They have around 400,000 members that Senator Gillibrand will be able to tap into so that she has the resources to win her contest this coming midterm election. End Citizens United itself is looking to raise $35 million to spend in the midterms which comes from regular people who give on average $14 each.
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