Minneapolis, MN – End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Senator Klobuchar for re-election. A champion of campaign finance reform, Klobuchar has a proven record of fighting the disastrous Citizens United decision, including a constitutional amendment that would overturn it.
“Whether it’s getting Big Money out of politics or boosting transparency in elections, Senator Klobuchar has made it a priority to fix our broken campaign finance system,” said Tiffany Muller, president and executive director of End Citizens United. “She has taken every opportunity to reform the system so that it’s working for all Americans — not just the wealthy few. ECU looks forward to our continued work with Senator Klobuchar to give a voice to everyday Americans who feel shut out of our democracy and ultimately overturn Citizens United.”
“In the years since Citizens United, there has been an unprecedented flow of special interest cash spent on influencing political campaigns. This dark money is corrosive, poses a threat to our democracy, and undermines the voices of Americans,” said Senator Klobuchar. “I’m honored to have the support of End Citizens United and look forward to fighting side-by-side to fix the campaign finance laws, increase transparency in political spending, and make sure the democratic process works for all Americans.”
As Senator, Klobuchar co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon. She also co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act to increase transparency in political spending. Recently, as Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, she led a group of senators in calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to make a rule to ensure political spending is free from foreign influence.
End Citizens United will connect Klobuchar’s campaign with its 60,000 members in Minnesota and activate its 360,000 national donors to help ensure she has the resources to win. In the recent special election in Georgia, ECU’s members contributed $1.4 million in small-dollar donations directly to Jon Ossoff’s campaign. In 2016, ECU helped elect campaign finance reform champions New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan and Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, both in battleground states, by exposing their opponents’ ties to special interests. In the 2018 election cycle, ECU is projected to raise $35 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots small-dollar donors.
ECU is a grassroots-funded organization that is dedicated to electing members of Congress who, like Klobuchar, will fight to overturn Citizens United and to pass campaign finance reform that will remove unlimited, undisclosed money from our political system. In the 2016 election cycle, ECU’s grassroots members displayed their strength, raising $25 million from 300,000 donors with a $14 average contribution. Founded two years ago, today the group has over 3 million members.
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