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End Citizens United // Let America Vote Endorse Melanie Stansbury in NM-01 Special Election

Apr 28, 2021

Stansbury rejects corporate PAC money

End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) today endorsed Melanie Stansbury in the special election for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. Stansbury is rejecting corporate PAC money and is committed to holding big money interests accountable.

“Melanie Stansbury is a proven reformer who understands how the rigged system hurts New Mexico families,” said ECU // LAV President Tiffany Muller. “As a state legislator, she refused to take corporate PAC money and fought to improve transparency in the state to ensure elected officials are working for the people, not the corporate special interests. Now she’s bringing that fight and vigor to a dysfunctional Washington where corporations and mega-donors call the shots. We’re proud to endorse Melanie and we look forward to helping her win.”

“Just as I have in New Mexico, I will go to Washington and advocate in support of increased transparency and accountability around Big Money in politics. For too long, these monied interests have been rigging the system at the expense of hardworking New Mexico families,” said Melanie Stansbury, candidate for NM-01. “During a time when our democracy is under attack by special interests and restrictive voting laws, it is more important than ever to repair and strengthen our democracy. I’m proud to receive End Citizens United and Let America Vote’s endorsement and I look forward to working with them to enact real change.”

Stansbury has rejected money from corporations and their PACs since her first campaign for state legislator in 2018. In the New Mexico Legislature, Stansbury introduced legislation to create a legislative process review commission, which would promote legislative transparency and less reliance on lobbyists. Stansbury also supports the For the People Act (H.R.1/S.1), a comprehensive campaign finance and voting rights bill that passed the House earlier this year and is making its way through the Senate.

End Citizens United // Let America Vote is dedicated to combating the two biggest challenges facing our democracy: the corrosive impact of Big Money and attempts to block access to the ballot box. ECU led the effort to flip the House in 2018 by supporting pro-reform candidates that stood up to Big Money and corporate special interests. In 2020, ECU merged with Let America Vote, a grassroots organization that is fighting to protect all Americans’ right to vote, and played a pivotal role in electing pro-democracy Senate candidates that helped flip the chamber. ECU // LAV has more than four million members nationwide, including 8,900 in NM-01, and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.