D | SC-01

Joe Cunningham

Incumbent

An advocate for ending corruption and fighting for South Carolina families

Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) is an ocean engineer, attorney, and a leading campaign finance reform advocate who rejected all PAC money during his underdog victory. Cunningham is the first Democrat to represent this Charleston-area district since 1981. He won by a 4,000 vote margin in a congressional seat that Democrats had barely contested in recent cycles.

A leading voice on changing Washington

Cunningham campaigned on ending corruption in Washington and is a vocal supporter of ending the influence of special-interest PACs and dark money in our elections. During the campaign, Cunningham released a strong ethics reform plan, and upon reaching Congress, was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1.

A critical re-election campaign

Cunningham represents a coastal, R+13 district that was considered one of the biggest surprise Democratic wins on Election Night. Cunningham faces a tough re-election, which was rated as a Toss Up by ratings outlets at the beginning of the 2020 cycle. At least two local GOP candidates have already declared their intention to run. End Citizens United is proud to again endorse Rep. Cunningham, and enthusiastically supports his re-election campaign.


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