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End Citizens United // Let America Vote Endorses Max Rose for Congress

Feb 25, 2022

Rose, a leading anti-corruption advocate, refuses corporate PAC and federal lobbyist money

End Citizens United // Let America Vote (ECU // LAV) today endorsed former Congressman Max Rose for Congress in New York’s 11th congressional district. Rose ran on an anti-corruption platform in 2018 and 2020 and was a leader in the introduction and passage of the For the People Act (H.R.1) in the 116th Congress.

Just as he did in 2018 and 2020, Rose is once again refusing money from corporate PACs and federal lobbyists, proving that he will be accountable solely to the people of New York. During his time in Congress, he fought for the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn, and against the corporate special interests that hold too much power in Washington. In 2019, he introduced a bill that would ban the drug manufacturers that fueled the opioid epidemic from spending their corporate PAC money in our elections.

“Max Rose is an anti-corruption champion who has worked tirelessly to make government work for the people of New York. From rejecting corporate PAC money to playing a leading role in pushing one of the most important anti-corruption agendas in generations, Max Rose is working day-in and day-out to ensure big money special interests can no longer use their money and influence to line their own pockets while hard-working New York families are left out to dry,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “His commitment to rooting out corruption and ensuring that Congress is working to help people lower their healthcare costs and rebuild from the pandemic is exactly why we are so proud to endorse Max Rose. We look forward to seeing him return to Congress.”

Rose’s GOP opponent, Congresswoman and former lobbyist Nicole Maliotakis, has spent her short time in Congress giving in to the worst of Washington. One of the first votes she cast was to overturn the results of the free and fair 2020 election and silence the voice of millions of Americans. She’s followed that up by doing corporate America’s bidding. When corporate-backed dark money groups said to vote no, she followed their lead and voted against proposals to lower the cost of prescription drugs, ensure the wealthy finally pay their fair share in taxes, and rebuild our economy. While Congresswoman Malliotakis has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations, including from big pharma and the fossil fuel industry, Max Rose has not, is not, and never will take a single penny from corporations, ensuring that unlike Congresswoman Malliotakis, he’ll always vote for the people of New York.

“I am so honored to be endorsed by such an incredible organization that is truly a champion of ending corruption in American politics,” said Max Rose. “I am incredibly proud to say that in my five years in public life, I have never accepted money from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists. I went to Washington D.C. with an agenda of getting dark money out of our politics and that is why I was the co-Chair of the End Corruption Caucus alongside Congresswoman Katie Porter, and introduced the Lobbyist Loophole Closure Act, which would bring to light the special interest groups who operate in the shadows. The only way to enact change is to ensure that our government and our elected officials are working for the people, and not for those who have the most money. I cannot wait to continue working with End Citizens United and Let America Vote to root out corruption in politics.”

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 over 5,000 in NY-11.