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End Citizens United Announces House Incumbent Protection Program for “Reformers at Risk”

Nov 21, 2019

The Reformers at Risk are 26 Democratic House members running for re-election in battleground districts

All 26 House members were instrumental in passing the For the People Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption and money in politics reform bill since Watergate

End Citizens United (ECU) today announced its “Reformers at Risk” House incumbent protection program, the organization’s effort to re-elect 26 Democratic House members in battleground districts. All 26 Reformers at Risk were endorsed by ECU as challenger candidates in the 2018 cycle and were included in the first round of endorsements in the 2020 cycle. All the Reformers at Risk are rejecting corporate PAC money and were integral to the passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a once-in-a-generation anti-corruption and money in politics reform bill.

“These twenty-six members of Congress have prioritized rooting out corruption and reforming our broken political system since the first day they got to Congress,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “In 2018, they proved that running on reform, rejecting corporate PAC money and building a grassroots movement of small, individual donors is a winning strategy in competitive districts. And once they got to Congress, they delivered on their promises to put constituents first. They passed the For the People Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption and government ethics bill since Watergate.

“These reformers are a threat to the Washington establishment and they will be targeted by the big money and corporate special interests intent on maintaining the rigged political system, but we have their backs. ECU is proud to support these twenty-six reformers, and we are dedicated to helping ensure they’re re-elected so they can continue making government work for all Americans.”

So far in the 2020 cycle, ECU has raised and contributed over $1 million directly to the campaigns of the Reformers at Risk. ECU will continue to connect its over 550,000 donors with these members’ campaigns to make sure they have the resources to win. In the 2018 cycle, ECU raised and contributed $1 million and its Independent Expenditure spent more than $8 million to help elect these 26 reformers.

The full list of the Reformers at Risk incumbents includes: Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10), Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21), Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45), Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06), Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01), Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03), Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Rep. Max Rose (NY-11), Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05), Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07), Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17), Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08).

ECU is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics and fixing the rigged system in Washington D.C. so government works for all Americans. The reform group has four million members nationwide and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.