Big Money 20

The Big Money 20 campaign is aimed at defeating incumbents who do the bidding of special interests such as drug companies, Big Oil, and Wall Street, while also rigging the system.

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While receiving over $80,000 from the big health insurance and pharmaceutical industry over the course of her political career, Martha McSally rallied Republicans to pass the American Health Care Act. That bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act, gut protections for preexisting conditions, and impose an “age tax” on older Americans that would allow insurers to charge them five times more than younger adults. McSally’s vote for the Republican tax bill was a billion dollar windfall for big banks, big pharmaceutical companies, and other special interests. That’s the return on investment McSally’s billionaire and special interest backers were expecting. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Mark Kelly

Most people have a network of grassroots supporters to be grateful for, but Joni Ernst has the Koch Brothers to thank for her seat in the U.S. Senate. Now, as Joni Ernst gears up for reelection, a front group funded by unlimited, secret, dark-money donors launched their campaign to deceive Iowa voters on Joni’s behalf. The Kochs and their network backed Ernst when she was still an unknown state legislator, helping through her primary and in total, spent nearly $5 million supporting her campaign in 2014. Since then, she’s broken her promise to go to DC and cut the fat and pork. Instead, she’s become part of the corrupt DC establishment, working on behalf of her special interest donors. She has taken thousands from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, and voted to give them huge tax breaks while gutting protections for preexisting conditions, increasing premiums, and allowing insurers to charge older adults five times as much as younger people. She also supported the Republican tax plan, a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. In the U.S. Senate, her voting record makes it clear that Joni Ernst is working for Mitch McConnell and her biggest donors, and not the people of Iowa. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Theresa Greenfield

Through his decades in office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made himself the face of big money and Washington corruption. He has done everything within his power to kill meaningful attempts at reform, protect anonymous mega-donors, and ensure that big money, not the American people, drive public policy. He is the most corrupt Senate leader in memory and the symbol of a Washington establishment that has betrayed the American people. He has celebrated and defended the influence of corporate money, encouraged more big money in politics, and personally fought to protect the disastrous Citizens United ruling. McConnell is the architect of Washington’s rigged system — a system that puts billionaires and corporations above the American people. McConnell represents the very worst of Washington politics. [Read more.]

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After taking millions of dollars from corporate special interests, Senator Susan Collins has lost sight of who she’s supposed to represent. Susan Collins has traded in being an independent voice for Maine for being a reliable vote for Mitch McConnell’s corporate-backed insiders and special interests. Sen. Collins voted to pass the Republican tax bill while accepting nearly $3 million in campaign checks from corporate PACs, giving billions of dollars back to many of the same corporate interests have supported her campaigns over the years. When she’s not working to cut corporate taxes, Collins votes for giveaways to the financial industry–which has given her more than $1.4 million–and protects them when they cheat Mainers. After spending more than two decades in Washington, Senator Collins has shown that she’ll fight for her corporate backers at the expense of Maine families. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Sara Gideon

In Washington, Sen. John Cornyn has been a strong ally of his special interests donors. Since being elected to the Senate, Cornyn has taken over $5.3 million from corporate PACs, $3.7 million from Wall Street, and over $800,000 from lobbyists. With that kind of support, it comes as no surprise that Cornyn is a reliable vote and advocate for the interests of the pharmaceutical, health care, and financial industries. As a senior member of Republican leadership, Cornyn shepherded the Republican tax bill through the Senate, ensuring billions in tax breaks for his corporate donors. As a pawn of the corrupt Mitch McConnell establishment, Cornyn refuses to put Texans ahead of Washington. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: MJ Hegar

Rep. David Schweikert is mired in corruption scandals, but that hasn’t stopped him from pushing his corporate special interest donors’ agenda. Schweikert has blurred the lines between his official duties and reelection campaigns, making him the subject of several ethics investigations regarding the misuse of taxpayer funds for personal activities and other violations of the law. He has taken over $500,000 from the financial industry and voted to gut Wall Street reform. He has also taken over $80,000 from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, and voted to gut protections for preexisting conditions and impose an “age tax” on older Americans that would allow insurers to charge them five times more than younger adults. Arizonans deserve better than a corrupt corporate shill representing them in Congress. [Read more.]

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Rep. Duncan Hunter’s corruption knows no bounds. Hunter, who has been indicted while in office and remains under investigation, is one of the most corrupt members of Congress. He has been accused of breaking the law by using over $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal vacations, a flight for his pet rabbit, and financing his extramarital affairs with multiple women, including congressional aides and lobbyists. Hunter’s habit of using his campaign coffers as a personal bank account underscores his commitment to using his power and office to enrich himself while everyday families in his district are ignored. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Ammar Campa-Najjar

Rep. Spano is the perfect example of what’s wrong with Washington: a politician who uses his office for personal gain and enriching big donors while leaving Florida families behind. Before even taking office, Spano admitted he may have violated federal law by borrowing nearly $200,000 from two donors and then lending that money to his campaign. In case that wasn’t corrupt enough, Spano allowed one of those donors to hire and fire staffers for his campaign and congressional office. These cozy relationships highlight Spano’s reliance on big donors to keep him in office, as well as big money’s influence over him. [Read more.]

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Representative Rodney Davis led Republican opposition to the most comprehensive anti-corruption and money-in-politics legislation since Watergate, but it’s no surprise considering that special interests have buoyed Davis’ entire political career. He has taken over $2.4 million dollars from corporate PACs and outside groups spent $2 million to keep him in office in 2018 alone. While families in Illinois struggle to afford the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, Davis has been a loyal ally to Big Pharma and Wall Street, giving them billions of dollars in tax breaks. Rodney Davis chooses his big donors over his constituents again and again, and as long as they keep filling his campaign coffers, he’ll protect them at the expense of Illinois families. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Rep. Chris Collins is the poster-boy for political corruption and the corrupt Big Money Republican establishment. He was indicted for fraud and has used his seat in Congress to make himself and his big donors rich — and is facing a possible 150 year prison sentence for it. He pushed legislation to benefit a company he invested in, and then committed insider trading when the same company ran into trouble. He has been called “Big Pharma’s biggest supporter in Congress,” accepting over $72,000 from Big Pharma and consistently pushing legislation that would directly benefit the companies in which he has he has invested millions of dollars. New York families are being left to fend for themselves while Collins focuses on writing bills that he knows will make his own bank account bigger and giving tax breaks to billionaires and corporations that keep him in office. [Read more.]

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If you’re looking for hypocrisy and broken promises in Washington, look no further than Rep. George Holding. In 2012, Holding pledged to the voters of his district that he would not take money from special interests PACs — but then broke that promise before even being elected to Congress. Now, Holding is a corporate-backed politician who has taken over $2 million from corporate PACs, and has sold out to his donors by supporting the Republican tax bill and the disastrous Republican health care plan. Aside from his reliance on corporations, Holding is a big money trailblazer, being one of the first-ever candidates to have a personal super PAC spend money to help him win his seat. North Carolinians want someone who will keep their promises and be accountable to their district, and George Holding isn’t the man for that job. [Read more.]

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While funding his campaigns with money from big-dollar donors, including $1.7 million from corporate PACs, Rep. Will Hurd has reliably voted for the priorities of corporate special interests in Washington. Hurd’s vote for the Republican tax plan gave some of his biggest corporate donors, including Wall Street and the telecommunications industry, the handout of a lifetime. Hurd also voted to gut vital Wall Street reforms, voted to strip consumers of the right to sue when banks deceived them, and voted to dismantle and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Hurd’s corporate backers can count on his support for their interests, but the people of the Texas 23rd congressional district can’t. [Read more.]

ECU Endorsed Challenger: Gina Ortiz Jones