February 2, 2019 / Press Releases

ECU Applauds McGovern’s Decision to Reject Corporate PAC Money

McGovern is the first chair of a full Congressional Committee to forgo corporate PAC money

With McGovern’s announcement, 51 Democratic members of the 116th Congress are rejecting corporate PAC money

End Citizens United (ECU) praised Congressman Jim McGovern today for his decision to reject corporate PAC money. At a town hall in Northampton, MA, McGovern made the announcement with ECU President Tiffany Muller. McGovern is the first chair of a full Congressional Committee to forgo money from corporate PACs, and joins an unprecedented number of representatives in the 116th Congress refusing the money.

“Throughout his career, Congressman McGovern has been a fierce advocate for reforming the rigged system and making government work for the people,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “By rejecting corporate PAC money, he’s proving that he’s only accountable to Massachusetts families, not corporate special interests with business before Congress. End Citizens United thanks Rep. McGovern for his leadership, and we’re proud to stand with him in the fight to take back our democracy from the grips of special interests.”

“Our democracy is in trouble. Wealthy insiders and powerful special interests are using their access and influence to stack the deck for themselves,” said McGovern. “This isn’t the system our founders envisioned. And it’s not what the people of Massachusetts’ Second District want. I’m thankful to End Citizens United for their grassroots advocacy, and proud to join 50 other Members of Congress who have made this decision. I look forward to continuing the fight to get big money out of politics and restore power back to the American people – where it belongs.”

ECU is dedicated to getting big money out of politics, electing reform champions, and fixing the rigged system in Washington so it works for all Americans. In the 2018 election cycle, ECU spearheaded the movement among candidates to forgo corporate PAC money, leading to a historic incoming class of representatives who reject the money. ECU has four million members nationwide, including 75,000 in Massachusetts, and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.

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