Leger Fernandez is rejecting corporate PAC money and fighting to protect the right to vote
End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) today endorsed Teresa Leger Fernandez for Congress in New Mexico’s Third Congressional District. Leger Fernandez is rejecting corporate PAC money and has been a strong advocate of voting rights her entire career. As a former White House Fellow under President Clinton and the Vice Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Leger Fernandez knows how to fight on the behalf of New Mexicans’ interests in Washington.
“From advocating for voting rights, promoting tribal sovereignty, and securing millions to build infrastructure, Teresa Leger Fernandez has dedicated her career as an attorney fighting for New Mexicans and will continue to do so in Congress,” said ECU and LAV President Tiffany Muller. “Leger Fernandez will stand up to Big Money special interests and root out corruption in Washington, delivering results for New Mexico and not corporations. We’re proud to endorse Teresa Leger Fernandez, and we look forward to helping her win.”
“As a proud daughter of Northern New Mexico, I know that democracy works best when elected officials are accountable to the communities they serve, not corporate special interests,” said Teresa Leger Fernandez. “I’ve fought to protect Native American and Latino voters from gerrymandering and helped pass legislation to require early voting sites in our rural communities. My commitment to push comprehensive campaign finance reform builds upon my lifetime of championing voting rights. In Congress, I will continue the fight to restore our democracy to the people, to overturn Citizens United, and promote public campaign financing.”
A bipartisan poll shows that a majority of voters see corruption in the political system as the most serious problem facing the country, especially among independents. The poll also finds that unlimited, undisclosed political contributions and the influence of big money in politics are seen as major problems.
ECU and LAV recently merged to combat the two biggest challenges facing our democracy: Big Money and voter suppression. 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. LAV is building a grassroots effort to fight back against voter suppression and protect every American’s right to vote.
ECU and LAV will work to end our rigged political system by electing reform champions, passing meaningful legislative reforms, and elevating these issues in the national conversation. ECU has more than four million members nationwide, including 9,400 in New Mexico’s Third Congressional District, and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14. In 2018, over 1,000 LAV grassroots volunteers knocked on over 340,000 doors, made 112,000 calls, and sent 341,000 texts to help elect 100 pro-democracy leaders.