Landsman is refusing to take corporate PAC money
End Citizens United // Let America Vote today endorsed Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman for Congress in Ohio’s 1st Congressional district against Congressman Steve Chabot.
As a member of the Cincinnati City Council, Landsman worked across the aisle to launch the first-ever Office of Ethics and Good Government in Cincinnati. He believes that voters deserve to know who funds their representatives and supports the end of dark money in politics. Landsman has spoken out against partisan gerrymandering and will fight for fair and equal representation for all Ohioans.
Landsman is running against radical GOP Congressman Steve Chabot. Congressman Chabot has been bought and paid for by corporate special interests, responding to their will over that of hard-working Ohio families. During Congressman Chabot’s 25 years in power, he has taken over $3 million from corporate donors, enriching his own family along the way. Between 2011 and 2017, Chabot’s campaign paid his son in law’s company more than $150,000 for website design in an arrangement that good government advocates said smacked of ‘nepotism and self-dealing.’ He continues to pay his son in law’s company today. Chabot has also taken $150,000 from Big Pharma, $250,000 from Big Oil, and $1 million from the insurance industry, while routinely voting against legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, instead voting for policies that benefit his corporate donors.
Between 2011 and 2016, Chabot spent nearly $200,000 of taxpayer dollars to fly to 46 different countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. The Small Business Committee, chaired by Chabot himself, ‘disclosed neither [the trips’] intent nor their outcomes.’ In 2015, Chabot introduced a bill that would have allowed large companies to exploit migrants and drive down American wages. In the wake of the bill’s introduction, Chabot received nearly $100,000 from potential beneficiaries.
“For too long, Washington has been run by self-serving, corrupt politicians like Steve Chabot, who are only there to protect the wealthy corporations that fund their campaigns,” said President of End Citizens United and Let America Vote Tiffany Muller. “That’s why we’re so excited to be endorsing reform champion Greg Landsman. Unlike Congressman Chabot, he’ll fight for Ohio families by ensuring they have affordable access to life-saving drugs, ending dark money so billionaires can no longer buy elections, and stopping corporations from gauging prices to pad their bottom lines while taking money out of the pockets of hard-working Ohioans.”
“The people of Ohio are sick and tired of billionaires and wealthy corporations buying our elections, and we’re sick of politicians who put their own interests above those of the people they’re supposed to represent. That’s why I’m running for Congress against Steve Chabot. Chabot has been bought and paid for by his corporate backers and is the epitome of Washington corruption. I’m honored to have the endorsement of End Citizens United // Let America Vote as they continue their fight to protect the freedom to vote and get big, corporate money out of politics,” said Greg Landsman.
ECU // LAV is a leading anti-corruption and voting rights group. The grassroots-funded political action committee raised and spent $65.5 million in the 2020 election cycle to elect candidates fighting to limit the influence of big money in politics and protect the freedom to vote. ECU // LAV has more than four million members nationwide, including nearly 18,000 in Ohio’s first district.