Washington, D.C. — End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed five new candidates running for U.S. Congress, all of whom are also announcing that they are rejecting corporate PAC money in their campaigns. The endorsed candidates are: Josh Welle (NJ-04), Tedra Cobb (NY-21), Dana Balter (NY-24), George Scott (PA-10), and Ron DiNicola (PA-16).
“Americans are fed up with Washington ignoring their voices while mega-donors and corporations call the shots,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United. “By rejecting corporate PAC money, these candidates are proving to voters that they’re listening and they’re accountable to them — not corporate special interests. We’re proud to endorse these candidates and look forward to helping them win in November.”
A recent bipartisan poll conducted by the George W. Bush Institute, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center and Freedom House found that money in politics is one of the top reasons people believe the government does not represent them. Americans’ concerns about money in politics is fueling a wave of candidates in this election that make money in politics a central issue in their campaigns, with more than 140 of them outright rejecting corporate PAC money, as reported in USA Today recently. To date, 64 candidates rejecting corporate PAC money have already advanced to the general election.
ECU is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics and fixing the rigged system in Washington so it works for all Americans. ECU connects its endorsed candidates with its grassroots members and its 400,000 small-dollar donors to help ensure they have the resources to win. So far this cycle, ECU has contributed $1 million to endorsed candidates and raised $5 million in small-dollar donations directly for their campaigns. ECU continues to elevate campaign finance reform as a national priority and advocates for meaningful legislation.
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