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 Bruce Poliquin has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- Poliquin, who worked as a Wall Street investment manager for 15 years and made his fortune there, was placed on the House Financial Services Committee upon entering Congress. He quickly went to work protecting his former industry, cosponsoring a March 2015 bill to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which protects Maine families from fraud and abuse by Big Banks. The bill was overwhelmingly supported by Wall Street, which became top donors to his 2016 re-election campaign.
- In 2017, Poliquin again supported dismantling the CFPB, which his donors heavily lobbied for, by voting for the Financial Choice Act. Over his career, Poliquin has received more than $880,000 from the securities and banking industries.
- Poliquin’s most recent betrayal came when he voted in favor of the GOP tax bill, which would raise taxes on more than 187,000 Mainers. His decision came after he was targeted as part of a multi-million dollar ad blitz by GOP mega-donors, many of whom he relied on to support his campaigns.
- Poliquin has also protected the rigged system by voting against forwarding the DISCLOSE Act, which would require all groups that engage in political spending to disclose their donors so voters know who is trying to influence their vote.
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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