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End Citizens United // Let America Vote Endorses Derek Tran for Congress

May 15, 2024

End Citizens United // Let America Vote (ECU // LAV) today endorsed Derek Tran for California’s 45th Congressional District. Tran is refusing to take corporate PAC money in his campaign.

“Derek Tran is fighting to ensure Californians have a voice in our democracy by standing up to the greedy corporations trying to buy power and access in our politics,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United // Let America Vote. “Derek has fought to hold corrupt bad actors accountable and refuses to take a cent from corporate PACs. He stands in stark contrast to his opponent who has taken over hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations, including over $160,000 from Big Pharma and over $165,000 from the oil and gas industry. While Michelle Steel works hard to benefit her corporate sponsors at the expense of working Americans’ needs, Derek has always worked to better the lives of working families and will continue to do so in Congress. We’re excited to endorse Derek and look forward to helping him win.”

“I’m honored to be endorsed by End Citizens United // Let America Vote, an organization that shares my deep belief that corporations and dark money have no place in our politics,” said Derek Tran. “As a workers rights advocate and consumer attorney, I’ve seen first-hand how predatory these corporations are—they will do anything to pad their bottom lines. I am not accepting any corporate PAC money because working California families deserve to know their representatives are working for them, not for shadowy special interest groups or the wealthy elite. My opponent Michelle Steel and her family continue to enrich themselves at the expense of tax payers and I will end this corruption and graft in November. I look forward to working alongside End Citizens United // Let America Vote to root out the corruption in Washington and better the lives of Californians.”

Tran knows our government can never be truly representative of the people until all voices are heard—not just the wealthy elite and special interests. He’s spent his career fighting for California families and against insidious corporations. He’s committed to overturning the Citizens United decision to root out the corrupting influence Big Money has on our politics and our democracy. Tran, a fierce advocate for better transparency and accountability, supports legislation like the DISCLOSE Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

ECU // LAV 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. Since its founding in 2015, the group has had over 1 million donors and raised $200 million, with an average donation of just $14. The group has more than 4 million members nationwide.