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 Erik Paulsen has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- Paulsen, who has taken over $790,000 from the securities industry and $485,000 from the banking industry, voted against overhauling industry regulations after the 2008 financial crisis. A top recipient of campaign contributions from Equifax and the banking industry, Paulsen voted to eliminate protections for Minnesota consumers.
- Over his career, Paulsen has taken nearly $165,000 from the telecommunications industry and returned the favor this year by voting for a bill to allow internet companies to sell customer data without their consent.
- Paulsen 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.
- Paulsen voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep Minnesota voters in the dark about funding sources for secret money organizations. Paulsen also voted to block a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
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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