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End Citizens United Endorses Jill Schupp in MO-02

Feb 20, 2020

Schupp is rejecting corporate PAC money

In the Missouri State Senate, Schupp introduced legislation to combat the outsized influence of dark money

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End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Jill Schupp for Congress in Missouri’s Second Congressional District. Schupp is prioritizing Missouri families over corporate special interests by rejecting corporate PAC money.

“From proposing legislation to ban dark money to eliminating surprise billing in emergency rooms, Jill Schupp has been a champion for Missouri families in the State Senate,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “By rejecting corporate PAC money, Jill is proving she’ll continue that leadership in Washington and fight everyday to ensure that Missourians’ voices are heard in Congress, not drowned out by corporate special interests. We are proud to endorse Jill Schupp, and we look forward to helping her win.”

“Corporate special interests have manipulated the system to work in their favor while Missouri families have paid the price. I’ve seen firsthand how efforts to make progress on issues that affect Missourians, including access to healthcare and lowering the cost of prescription drugs, are stymied by lobbyists and corporations,” said Jill Schupp. “By rejecting money from corporate PACs, pushing for comprehensive campaign finance reform, and fighting voter suppression, we can reform and restore faith in our democracy.”

Schupp’s opponent, Representative Ann Wagner, has taken nearly $2.9 million from corporate PACs over the course of her career. In Congress, she has advanced their interests by voting for the disastrous GOP tax bill, which was a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. The bill slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Thanks to Rep. Wagner, the top 10 Big Pharma companies received a $76 billion tax cut from the GOP tax bill. To pay for the tax plan and the $1.9 trillion it will add to the deficit, Congress will need to make deep cuts, putting Medicare and Social Security at risk, or forcing massive tax hikes on younger Missourians.

End Citizens United and Let America Vote (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 5,600 in Missouri’s Second 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.