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.
Will Hurd Is Looking Out For His Big Special Interest Donors
Hurd has taken over $1.7 million from corporate PACs, and over his whole congressional career, he has never raised more than 7.5% of his campaign funds from grassroots donors.
Hurd has routinely attracted the support of outside, big money special interest donors. Outside groups have spent over $10.7 million to keep him in office, including one of his biggest supporters, the corporate-backed, dark-money funded Congressional Leadership Fund.
Hurd has received over $109,000 from the telecommunications industry, and sided with them when they wanted to exploit Texans’ private data. Hurd voted for a resolution that would allow Internet Service Providers to sell customers’ personal data without their permission. That data could include precise location, financial information, children’s information, health information, web browsing history, and even Social Security numbers.
Hurd supported the Republican tax plan –– a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, including slashing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Valero, one of Hurd’s biggest donors, saved nearly $2 billion thanks to the bill, and Exxon Mobil, another big Hurd donor, saved $5.9 billion. Meanwhile, not only would the middle class see their taxes increase, it’s also likely the bill would threaten massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare — as a result of $1.9 trillion it would add to the deficit.
One of Hurd’s biggest sources of donations is the financial industry, and he has consistently put their needs over those of consumers. Hurd voted to gut vital Wall Street reforms, voted to strip consumers of the right to sue when banks deceived them, voted to dismantle and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and voted to force regulators to prioritize Wall Street over helping consumers.
Hurd is working on behalf of big special interest donors in Washington, not Texans. He voted against the For The People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption bill that would take power out of the hands of big special interests and give it back to the American people by limiting the influence of wealthy donors in politics, preventing foreign money from coming into America’s elections, strengthening ethics laws, and creating more transparency and accountability. Hurd also voted against the DISCLOSE Act, against a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and for protecting wealthy and anonymous people making dark money donations.
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