The Big Money 20 are incumbents who represent the worst of Washington’s rigged system. They do the bidding of special interests like drug companies, Big Oil, Wall Street, and others with deep pockets while also voting to stack the deck in their favor – at the expense of the American people.
When it comes to choosing between the greed of his mega-donors or the needs of his constituents, Congressman Dan Donovan has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- Over his career, Donovan, has taken $500,000 from corporate PACs and lobbyists. It’s a stark contrast to Rose, who refuses to take that money. And Donovan has voted to give more power and influence to his special interest and mega-donor allies by voting against the DISCLOSE Act, which would bring more transparency to political spending. The Koch network and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, two groups that have spent $500,000 to keep Donovan in office, lobbied heavily against the DISCLOSE Act.
- In March of 2017, Donovan voted to roll back historic consumer privacy protections for New Yorkers by allowing internet providers to sell their data without permission. He continued to look out for telecom special interests who backed him by refusing to take a position over the repeal of net neutrality, despite pleas from his constituents to do so. Unsurprisingly, he’s taken $40,000 from telecom and business entities that lobbied heavily for the bill.
- In Staten Island, studies have linked high cancer rates to fossil fuel pollution, yet Donovan has taken over $77,000 from the oil and gas industry over his career.
The only way to stop this cycle of pay-to-play politics is to defeat the politicians who are bought by the special interests and rig the system in their favor. End Citizens United has made the Big Money 20 a priority for its $35 million campaign to throw these incumbents out of office and elect reformers who will put focus on all of us, not those who write the biggest checks.
For the full list of Big Money 20 candidates, click here.
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