“No matter what your number one issues is, be it education, healthcare, climate change or gun violence prevention, I ask every constituent to make campaign finance reform their number two issue. Until we make meaningful change to how campaigns are financed, we will make little progress on so many important issues.”
A leader for Minnesota families
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) is a 6th generation Minnesotan, a business leader, and a community advocate. Phillips served as CEO of Phillips Distilling Company, and later helped build Talenti Gelato into a nationally-successful brand. Phillips defeated Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen in 2018, becoming the first Democrat since 1960 to represent this district.
A strong voice for campaign finance reform
Phillips is one of the most vocal proponents for campaign finance reform in Congress. He rejected not only corporate PAC money but all PAC and federal lobbyist money during his campaign. In Congress, Phillips has championed acts that would expose dark money in politics. He was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1, and of a joint resolution to overturn Citizens United.
A critical re-election campaign
ECU spent nearly $1.4 million to help elect Phillips in 2018, flipping a critical seat in a nationally-watched campaign. Phillips has already been named a target by national Republicans, and the district will continue to be a focus in the upcoming cycle.
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