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End Citizens United // Let America Vote Endorses Chief Justice Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate

Oct 06, 2021

End Citizens United // Let America Vote today endorsed former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley in her campaign for U.S. Senate. Cheri is running for an open Senate seat currently held by Senator Richard Burr (R).

Cheri made history in 2019 by becoming the first African American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Cheri has never wavered in her commitment to justice and equality. Cheri has fought against gerrymandering and for fair representation. She supports the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement and has spoken out against the wave of anti-voter bills that Republican-led legislatures have passed this year. Cheri is refusing to accept corporate PAC money in her run for Senate.

“Cheri Beasley is a barrier-breaking champion for the people of North Carolina. Throughout her life, she has fought for justice and stood up for what’s right. As Chief Justice, she worked to make the courts fair and transparent,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “As a U.S. Senator, Cheri will fight on behalf of working families by protecting their freedom to vote and standing up to Washington dark money and corporate special interests. We’re proud to endorse her campaign and are excited to help her continue to make history when she wins next November.”

“For too long, Washington has put special interests over the people, and I’m running to be North Carolina’s next Senator because it’s time for that to change,” said Cheri Beasley. “As a former public defender and Chief Justice I’ve dedicated my life to the pursuit of justice and fairness, and I will fight for the people of North Carolina every day in the Senate.”

ECU // LAV is a leading anti-corruption and voting rights group that is grassroots-funded, raised and spent $65.5 million in the 2020 election cycle. Its $12.5 million independent expenditure made it the 4th largest issue group spending on the Democratic side. Through its grassroots members, ECU // LAV raised $9.5 million directly for endorsed candidates and state ballot measures. The group also donated nearly $2.5 million directly to its endorsed campaigns.

ECU // LAV merged in 2020. The group 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. In 2020, ECU // LAV led the fight to protect all Americans’ right to vote and played a pivotal role in electing anti-corruption Senate candidates that helped flip the chamber. ECU // LAV has more than four million members nationwide, including 91,540 in North Carolina.