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 her mega-donors or the needs of her constituents, Congresswoman Mimi Walters has chosen her mega-donors time and again.
- After multi-million dollar blitz by GOP mega-donors to pass tax reform, Walters sold out her constituents and voted to raise taxes on middle class California families. Walters led the fight for the GOP tax bill that would raise taxes on many working and middle class families in California after major pressure from her GOP mega donors. Before a multi-million dollar campaign by GOP special interest groups, Walters insisted that she would base her vote on tax reform on how it would impact her constituents, but after the dark money group American Action Network pressured her as part of a $50 million ad campaign, Walters was an early backer to pass tax reform — despite the fact that it would raise taxes on middle-class families in her district.
- The bill wasn’t the first time Walters fell in line with her mega-donors’ demands. In Congress, Walters has received over $175,000 from the oil and gas industry. In turn, she voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and co-sponsored a bill to lift the ban on crude oil exports, a giveaway to oil companies who had lobbied for the bill.
- Walters voted for the tax bill, the top priority for Republican mega-donors. It would raise taxes on 13 million Americans who earn less than $100,000 a year, while half of the benefits would go to the top one percent in the country.
- Walters voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep California voters in the dark about funding sources for secret money organizations. She also voted to block a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
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.
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