The Big Money 20 are incumbents who represent the worst of Washington’s rigged system. They do the bidding of special interests like drug companies, Big Oil, Wall Street, and others with deep pockets while also voting to stack the deck in their favor – at the expense of the American people.
When it comes to choosing between the greed of her mega-donors or the needs of his constituents, Congressman Mike Bost has chosen his mega-donors time and again.
- Mike Bost was eager to support campaign finance reform early in his career when he was a state legislator, but later in Springfield he opposed an effort for a constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform and voted against Illinois’ first-ever contribution limits. After benefiting from over $470,000 in dark money outside spending from Congressional Leadership Fund, Paul Ryan’s dark money super PAC, he doubled down on his anti-reform stances once in Congress opposing disclosure
- Bost voted for the tax bill, the top priority for Republican mega-donors. It would raise taxes on 13 million Americans who earn less than $100,000 a year, while half of the benefits would go to the top one percent in the country.
- Bost voted for a bill backed by the mega-donor Koch brothers that seeks to keep Illinois voters in the dark about funding sources for secret money organizations. He also voted to block a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
The only way to stop this cycle of pay-to-play politics is to defeat the politicians who are bought by the special interests and rig the system in their favor. End Citizens United has made the Big Money 20 a priority for its $35 million campaign to throw these incumbents out of office and elect reformers who will put focus on all of us, not those who write the biggest checks.
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