Rose, a U.S. Army Veteran, joins a growing list of candidates taking a No Corporate PAC pledge
End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Army veteran Max Rose in New York’s 11th Congressional district. Rose is taking a No Corporate PAC pledge, refusing all corporate PAC money in his bid for Congress.
“Max Rose is a Purple Heart veteran who served his country at home and overseas. Now, he’s taking on the corporate special interests and refusing corporate PAC money so New Yorkers know he represents them and no one else,” said Tiffany Muller, ECU president.“The pledge instills confidence and trust in voters that their voices will be heard in Congress. We’re energized by Max’s dedication to running a people-powered campaign and look forward to helping him get to Washington.”
“Our leaders in Congress are more concerned with their donors instead of helping the middle and working class,” said Rose. “Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites rightfully feel that Congress either ignores our problems or screws us over. This Congress lowered their donors taxes, but raised ours here in New York. They’ve protected pharmaceutical companies, but haven’t done a thing to defeat the opioid and heroin epidemic or lower healthcare costs. We need to get money out of politics and put our government back on the side of the working and middle class. That’s why I won’t take one cent from corporate PACs. Not now. Not ever. I am honored to have the support of End Citizens United in this critical fight.”
A recent study shows that Americans’ faith in the government is at an all-time low, with over 90% believing the government is working for the benefit of a few special interests. A robust reform agenda is critical to winning support from voters. A recent ECU poll found that 62% of voters believe that a candidate who refuses to accept corporate PAC money is a sign that the candidate is serious about reform. A money in politics reform platform has also been proven to help win voters, particularly independents and unaffiliated voters.
ECU’s endorsement will help Rose compete with high-spending special interest groups by connecting him with its 4,900 grassroots members in NY-11, as well as its national network of 400,000 small-dollar donors. With an average donation of $14, ECU is projected to raise $35 million for the 2018 election cycle.
ECU is a grassroots powered organization giving a voice to millions of American families. The group is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics so Congress focuses on all of us and not only its biggest special interest donors.
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