January 17, 2018 / Press Releases

End Citizens United Endorses Conor Lamb in PA-18 Special Election

Lamb, a former federal prosecutor and marine, is rejecting all corporate PAC money

Washington, DC — End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district for the special election on March 13. Coinciding with his endorsement, Lamb announced that he is taking a No Corporate PAC pledge, refusing all corporate PAC money in his bid for Congress. In sharp contrast, his opponent State Representative Rick Saccone has earned the support of Ending Spending and Congressional Leadership Fund, two corporate funded Super PACs.

“Conor Lamb is running for Congress to stand up for Pennsylvania families who have been ignored by the rigged system in Washington,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “By taking the ‘No Corporate PAC’ pledged he’s proving that his campaign is about people – not outside big-money special interests. We’re proud to endorse him and our grassroots members are eager to fight back against the shady special interests trying to buy this race.”

“We know our system isn’t working when politicians in Washington can’t find money for children’s health insurance but still find time to give big corporations a $1 trillion tax break,” said Conor Lamb. “Our campaign finance system is part of the reason why this Congress isn’t getting things done for working people. That’s why I’m not taking donations from corporate PACs and why I’ll fight for real reform in Washington. In Congress, I’ll work with anyone who wants to help create jobs, protect seniors and make health care more affordable — and I’ll make it crystal clear I’m working for the people of this district and no one else.”

ECU is a grassroots-funded organization dedicated to electing members of Congress who will fight to end the rigged system in Washington by passing meaningful reforms to end unlimited and undisclosed money from politics. Founded nearly three years ago, the group has grown to more than three million members. ECU’s endorsement will help Lamb compete with high-spending special interests by connecting him with its more than 3,600 grassroots members in PA-18, as well as its network of 380,000 small-dollar donors. In the most recent special election, ECU endorsed Doug Jones for U.S. Senate in Alabama, raising over $600,000 with an average donation of just $12 for Jones.

With a recent study showing Americans’ faith in the government at an all time low with over 90% of voters believing special interests are running the government, a robust reform agenda is critical to winning support from voters. A recent ECU poll found that 62% of voters believe that a candidate who refuses to accept corporate PAC money is a sign that the candidate is serious about reform. A money in politics reform platform has also been proven to help win voters, particularly independents and unaffiliated voters.

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