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 Peter Roskam has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- With over $7.8 million in corporate PAC money, Roskam sought to protect the rigged system in Washington. Roskam didn’t just benefit from the rigged system. He sought to keep it firmly in place by sponsoring a bill that protected his mega-donors and their political secret money nonprofits. The bill would prohibit the IRS from requiring tax-exempt organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce from identifying contributors in annual tax returns. The bill was widely criticized for providing another loophole for foreign governments and organizations to spend in U.S. elections. Two of the biggest cheerleaders of the bill were the Koch brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who combined spent over $393,000 in campaign contributions and outside spending supporting Roskam.
- Roskam helped to push through a measure in the GOP caucus to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics after being the focus of an ethics investigation and complaints.
- Roskam 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.
- Roskam voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep Illinois voters in the dark about funding sources for secret money organizations. He 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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