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Senator Johnson Sides With Dark Money and Corporate Special Interests

Oct 20, 2021

Johnson votes against protecting the freedom to vote and ending dark money

Senator Ron Johnson today voted against the Freedom to Vote Act, proving once again that he will always put dark money special interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin.

The Freedom to Vote Act is a commonsense, compromise bill that combines ideas from both Democrats and Republicans. It protects access to the ballot box so every American can make their voice heard on the issues impacting their lives, ends dark money so billionaires can’t buy our elections, stops partisan gerrymandering so voters get the fair and equal representation they deserve, and protects our elections from sabotage, ensuring that voters are safe from intimidation and trusted local officials are able to count every vote.

Senator Johnson has a track record of putting his billionaire friends ahead of the hard-working families of Wisconsin. In 2017, Senator Johnson secured a $215 million tax cut for just three donors who spent $20 million on groups to elect him in 2016.

“Senator Ron Johnson is bought and paid for by dark money special interests and the billionaires who helped put him in office. Today’s vote is yet another stark reminder that Senator Johnson is out of touch with working Wisconsin families and the reality facing our democracy. Instead of supporting this important bill, Senator Johnson chose to protect the interests of his billionaire friends who spent tens of millions to help him during the 2016 election cycle. In doing so, he has made it crystal clear that he believes corporate special interests and billionaires should have more influence over elections and policy-making than hardworking Wisconsin families,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “We won’t forget this vote, and it will come back to haunt him throughout the rest of this election cycle.”