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 Rod Blum has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- Blum willingly sold out his constituents to please his donors and gave tax breaks to the mega rich. For example, Blum repeatedly did the bidding of some of his biggest campaign contributors. During the health care fight this spring, mega-donors — who stood to gain millions in tax breaks from an ACA repeal — threatened to withhold contributions from GOP Congress members if they didn’t vote ‘yes.’ While the secret money group American Action Network — which had previously spent nearly $700,000 supporting Blum’s campaign — ran an ad campaign pressuring the Congressman, Blum flipped his vote from a hard ‘no’ on repeal to a ‘yes.’ In doing so, Blum put more than 40,000 people in his district at risk of losing health insurance.
- Blum sided with the Koch Brothers and Club for Growth against the Export-Import Bank, despite the $42 million it supported in exports in Blum’s district. Both the Kochs’ and Club for Growth became major supporters of Blum.
- Blum 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.
- Blum voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep Iowa 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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