In a The Daily Iowan article, Mariannette Miller-Meeks’, Republican candidate for Iowa’s Second Congressional District, spokesperson said: “Citizens United isn’t just about big corporations, it protects the rights of small corporations, the very kinds of small businesses in the 2nd District, and nonprofits.” Miller-Meeks’ campaign’s defense of the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision makes clear that she believes corporations are people, indicating she’d prioritize their interests in Congress over Iowans.
Meanwhile, ECU-endorsed Rita Hart has put forth a comprehensive plan to root out corruption in Washington. Hart’s plan includes banning members of Congress from owning individual stocks or serving on corporate boards, getting dark money out of politics, and ending partisan gerrymandering and expanding vote-by-mail.
“The contrast between Rita Hart and Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ priorities is day and night,” said End Citizens United Tiffany Muller. “While Miller-Meeks’ campaign is willing to go on the record to defend Citizens United, Rita is laying out concrete steps to tackle political corruption and get dark money out of politics. She’s running a reform-focused campaign to put the interests of Iowans’ first. We’ll make sure Iowans know who will fight for them, not corporate special interests, in Congress.”
ECU endorsed Rita Hart in September of 2019 because of her support of critical reform legislation, like the For the People Act. The reform group has four million members nationwide, including 8,000 in IA-02, and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.