ECU booth will highlight the disastrous effects of Citizens United and the need to unrig the system
At 2011 Iowa State Fair Mitt Romney famously declared, “Corporations are people, my friend”
End Citizens United (ECU) announced it will have a booth at the 2019 Iowa State Fair that will highlight the disastrous effects of Citizens United and the need to unrig the system so it works for everyone, not just big donors. The booth will have information, merchandise, and games available to fairgoers and will be open August 8 – August 18.
“Iowa is at the center of American politics in 2019 and End Citizens United is excited to be a part of this great Iowa tradition,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “Washington isn’t working for the vast majority of Americans and it’s because of a rigged system that puts big money special interests ahead of regular people. We look forward to talking with fairgoers about how we can make progress on health care, climate change, and gun violence by getting big money out of our politics.”
ECU has endorsed Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Theresa Greenfield (IA-SEN) in the 2020 cycle.
ECU recently launched the “Reform First” campaign, a first of its kind campaign highlighting the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are committed to making anti-corruption and democracy reform legislation their first bill if they are elected President. The campaign has a website, www.ReformFirst.com, that serves as a hub for voters to learn more about the candidates who have committed to reform first, encourage voters to contribute to their campaigns, and spread the word about the reform first candidates on social media. ECU will spotlight the candidates for their 4 million members nationwide and connect them with the group’s more than 500,000 grassroots donors.
During the 2018 election cycle, ECU spearheaded the movement among candidates to forgo corporate PAC money in their campaigns. Fifty-eight members of the 116th Congress are refusing to take corporate PAC money, which includes 27 members of the House freshman class who flipped their district. An ECU poll of Iowa Democrats earlier this year showed overwhelming support for overturning Citizens Unitedand the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most sweeping anti-corruption legislation since Watergate.
ECU is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics and fixing the rigged system in Washington so government works for all Americans. The reform group has four million members nationwide and is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.