Today, End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States. The two organizations have more than 4 million members across the country and are dedicated to taking on two of the biggest challenges facing our democracy: Big Money and voter suppression. Biden has committed to making a major anti-corruption and voting rights bill a first priority of his administration.
“Donald Trump is the most corrupt President in modern history and he has spent his Presidency enriching himself, his family, and corporate special interests,” said ECU and LAV President Tiffany Muller. “Joe Biden has spent his career fighting to make sure our democracy includes everyone, and I know he’ll work to get Big Money out of our politics and ensure more Americans participate in our democracy. Joe Biden will take on the corporate special interests on day one and it’s why we need him as the next President of the United States.”
A first priority of a Biden Administration will be to lead on a comprehensive set of reforms like those reflected in the For the People Act (H.R. 1) to end special interest control of Washington and protect the voice and vote of every American. Specifically, a Biden administration is committed to:
Ending the dominance of Big Money in politics by bringing dark money into the light, empowering small donors in our elections through a small dollar public financing program for federal elections and introducing a constitutional amendment to entirely eliminate private dollars from our federal elections, and strengthening rules and enforcement of our campaign finance laws.
Making sure every vote is counted and protected by ending discrimination at the ballot box, making it safer and easier to vote, ending gerrymandering, and giving states and localities the funding they need to maintain the integrity of our elections, particularly during the current health pandemic.
Ensuring accountability in Washington by strengthening ethics rules for federal officials, reducing the power of lobbyists, and giving ethics watchdogs more power to hold violators accountable.
ECU is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics and fixing the rigged system in Washington so that the government works for all Americans. The reform group has raised more than $90 million from grassroots, small dollar donors since it launched in 2015. The average contribution is $14. In 2018, ECU helped elect 58 challengers to the U.S. House in 2018, helping take back the majority. The group is leading the movement to reject corporate PAC money in elections.
LAV is dedicated to fighting back against voter suppression and protecting every American’s right to vote. Since its founding in 2017, Let America Vote has attempted more than 1 million voter contacts. In 2018, over 1,000 LAV grassroots volunteers knocked on over 340,000 doors, made 111,900 calls, and sent 341,000 texts to help elect 100 pro-democracy leaders.