In the News MacArthur foe gets some outside help

Oct 02, 2017

By: The Auditor

Andy Kim, the former Obama administration official seeking to oust Rep. Tom MacArthur, got some help from a group that wants to limit money in politics.

The advocacy group, End Citizens United, is seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision that relaxed limits on corporate and union campaign spending and paved the way for the creation of super political action committees and the rise of nonprofit groups that keep their donors hidden.

The endorsement comes with the group’s pledge to raise money for Kim from its donor network.

Kim has said he will not take any donations from corporate political action committees, saying he is running “a people-powered campaign.” 

The Auditor couldn’t resist reading Federal Election Commission reports, and discovered that Kim isn’t giving up much.

Most corporate PACs support incumbents, like MacArthur. Of the $144.5 million contributed by corporate PACs for the 2016 election, $1.3 million, less than 1 percent, went to challengers,

“By taking a stand to reject corporate PAC money, Andy Kim is proving that he’s accountable to the people of New Jersey, not greedy corporate special interests. He’s putting his money where his mouth is,” End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller said. 


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