Robert Pittenger

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 Robert Pittenger has chosen his mega-donors time and again.

  • Mired by ethics complaints and hypocrisy on campaign finance reform, Pittenger stands as exhibit A of the rigged system in Washington. Like so many politicians, Pittenger campaigned on the promise that he was “not going to be bought.” When Pittenger’s family personally experienced credit card fraud, he proclaimed “we have to remain vigilant in our fight” against data breaches that regulatory organizations like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) oversaw. Yet, as a recipient of nearly $385,000 from Wall Street and Big Banks, Pittenger sought to render the CFPB toothless by cosponsoring a bill in 2015 that changed its leadership structure. The bill was supported by a number of financial industry trade groups that gave nearly $70,000 to Pittenger’s next campaign in 2016.
  • Pittenger cosponsored a bill to dismantle the Johnson Amendment’s restrictions on special interests using churches and charities as tools to participate in political campaigns, without losing their tax-exempt status.
  • Pittenger 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.
  • Pittenger voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep North Carolina 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 the cycle of this 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.

For the full list of Big Money 20 candidates, click here.