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 her mega-donors or the needs of her constituents, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has chosen her mega-donors time and again.
- Over the course of her career, McMorris Rodgers received over $343,000 from telecom interests. To put that number in perspective, it is nearly twice the cost of the median home value in Spokane. McMorris Rodgers is one of telecom’s biggest allies in Congress. She voted to nullify an FCC privacy rule in 2017 which would allow telecom companies to share consumer data without their permission. After her vote, McMorris Rodgers received $33,000 from groups and companies that lobbied on the resolution including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. Similarly, the same day McMorris Rodgers released a statement in support of the roll back of Net Neutrality, she received a campaign contribution from Verizon, which had previously fought to kill Net Neutrality.
- The bill wasn’t the first time McMorris Rodgers fell in line with her mega-donors’ demands. Over her career, McMorris Rodgers took over $660,000 from Wall Street including some of the biggest players American Bankers Association, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. McMorris Rodgers voted for the Financial Choice Act, which stripped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of its ability to protect Washington families from fraud and scams by Wall Street Banks. Her industry support included $1,000 she took from the American Bankers Association the day before she voted for the industry-backed TAILOR Act..
- McMorris Rodgers also pushed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act which would cost thousands of Washington state families their health care – a position that mirrored that of some of her ardent backers including the Koch brothers donor network and the American Action Network, the dark money group that spent an undisclosed amount on ads to pressure her to support the repeal.
- Time and again McMorris Rodgers voted against reforms such as the DISCLOSE Act which would end secret political spending in our elections. She also voted for a bill backed by the Koch brothers to continue to let secret, dark money organizations hide the identity of their mega-donors from the public.
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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