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 Claudia Tenney has chosen her mega-donors time and again.
- Tenney campaigned on the promise to end the influence of special interests, but once in Congress, she did the bidding of Wall Street. Tenney campaigned against the “special carve-outs and deals” Congress gave to corporate special interests, but, as soon as she was on Capitol Hill and serving on the House Financial Services Committee, Tenney saw her contributions from Wall Street and the banking industry skyrocket. In the first half of 2017, Tenney received over $70,000 from Wall Street and the banking industry, putting her career total over $100,000. In return, Tenney voted for the Financial CHOICE Act, which stripped away key powers from the agency responsible for protecting the rights of everyday Americans against predatory financial practices. Under the bill Tenney supported, the President would be allowed to readily fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and public access to the Agency’s database of consumer complaints would be shut down.
- Tenney voted for the tax bill, the top priority for Republican mega-donors. It would raise taxes on 13 million Americans who earn less than $100,000 a year, while half of the benefits would go to the top one percent in the country.
- In 2017, Tenney voted in favor of a GOP spending bill that included provisions that would roll the Johnson Amendment and prevent the SEC from making corporations disclose secret money contributions.
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.
For the full list of Big Money 20 candidates, click here.
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