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June 11, 2020
End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) today endorsed eight reformers for state-level races in New Hampshire, including State Senator Dan Feltes for Governor. The endorsed candidates are committed to prioritizing reform measures such as strengthening the option to register and vote safely at home, closing the LLC loophole, and eliminating dark money in elections.
“Whether it’s getting Big Money out of politics, ending partisan gerrymandering, or protecting the right to vote, state governments will play a key role in the fight for democracy,” said ECU and LAV President Tiffany Muller. “These candidates are running reform-focused campaigns and they’re committed to changing the status quo in Concord that puts money over people. We’re proud to endorse these reformers, and we look forward to helping them win in November.”
October 17, 2019
End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Eliz Markowitz for the Texas’ 28th State House District’s special election. Markowitz is demonstrating her commitment to putting Texans first by rejecting corporate PAC money and running a campaign focused on fixing Texas’ broken political system.
“Eliz Markowitz is running a people-powered campaign that demonstrates her resolve to root out corruption in Texas,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “From the beginning of her candidacy, Eliz has put corruption and reform front-and-center in her campaign. In the Texas State House, Dr. Markowitz will work to curb the influence of money in politics and has put forth proposals to expand voter registration and fight partisan gerrymandering. End Citizens United is proud to endorse Eliz Markowitz.”
October 10, 2019
A group of 32 Democratic Virginia legislative challenger candidates today sent a letter to the Commonwealth’s General Assembly calling for the passage of major democratic reforms if elected to the body.
“Without major reforms to our democracy, we will be unable to retain the public trust or to successfully tackle Virginia’s pressing challenges, such as passing common-sense gun safety reforms, reducing the costs of health care and prescription drugs, strengthening our public education system, fighting pollution and climate change, and building an economy that prioritizes working families. Democracy reforms must pass in 2020 to set the stage for ongoing progress on these and other issues.”
The letter was led by Debra Rodman (SD-12), Larry Barnett (HD-27), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), Karen Mallard (HD-84), and Phil Hernandez (HD-100).
September 25, 2019
End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Naomi Andrews for New Hampshire’s state legislature in Epping’s special election. Andrews is proving that she will put the people of Epping ahead of special interests by rejecting corporate PAC and lobbyist money.
September 17, 2019
Washington, DC — End Citizens United (ECU) announced its endorsement of 15 reformers for Virginia’s state legislature, all of whom are committed to fixing the Commonwealth’s broken campaign finance system.
The list of endorsed candidates includes: Jennifer Woofter (HD-22), Joshua Cole (HD-28), Mavis Taintor (HD-33), Vivian Watts (HD-39), Morgan Goodman (HD-55), Tim Hickey (HD-59), Lindsey Dougherty (HD-62), Rodney Willett (HD-73), Nancy Guy (HD-83), Jess Foster (HD-88), Missy Cotter Smasal (SD-08), Ghazala Hashmi (SD-10), Amanda Pohl (SD-11), Ronnie Ross (SD-27), and Qasim Rashid (SD-28).
July 15, 2019
Washington, DC — End Citizens United (ECU) today announced its endorsement of 16 reformers running for state-level office in Virginia, all of whom are committed to fixing the Commonwealth’s broken campaign finance system.
“Corruption and Big Money in politics is not just a Washington D.C. problem, it’s corroding our state and local governments too,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “These 16 candidates have vowed to fight for reforms that will bring more transparency to Virginia elections and curb the toxic influence of corporate special interests in Virginia politics. ECU is proud to endorse these reformers, and we look forward to activating our network of Virginia grassroots supporters to help them win in November.”
The list of endorsed candidates includes: Alex Askew (HD-85), Chris Hurst (HD-12), Dan Helmer (HD-40), Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31), Karen Mallard (HD-84), Kelly Fowler (HD-21), Larry Barnett (HD-27), Lee Carter (HD-50), Len Myers (HD-81), Mike Mullin (HD-93), Phil Hernandez (HD-100), Schuyler VanValkenburg (HD-72), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), Shelly Simonds (HD-94), Suhas Subramanyam (HD-87), and Debra Rodman (SD-12).
End Citizens United today endorsed former Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel for California’s 15th Senate District, the organization’s first endorsement for state-level office in the 2019-2020 cycle. A champion of ethical and transparent government, Ravel is refusing contributions from Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Banks and Big Pharma.
ECU Endorses Outlaw Dirty Money Initiative for 2020
April 10, 2019
Phoenix, AZ –End Citizens United today endorsed the Outlaw Dirty Money 2020 ballot initiative in Arizona. The initiative seeks to increase transparency and help prevent corruption by requiring political dark money groups that spend in elections to publicly disclose their major donors.
End Citizens United Donates $20,000 to Oppose Hagedorn
March 20, 2018
Today, End Citizens United’s non-federal affiliate, Fight For Reform, donated $20,000 to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to assist in its work to stop extremist Judge Brian Hagedorn from joining the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
End Citizens United Launches Program Educating Michigan Voters on Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson’s Records
October 8, 2018
Today, End Citizens United’s non-federal affiliate, Fight For Reform, announced an upcoming TV and digital buy in Michigan’s Flint media market to help introduce local voters to two down-ballot Democratic reform champions: Dana Nessel, candidate for Attorney General, and Jocelyn Benson, candidate for Secretary of State.
Nessel’s career of standing up to big polluters and other special interests, and her service as a prosecutor on an anti-hate crimes unit, demonstrates that she is exceptionally qualified to serve as the state’s top cop. Benson’s visionary plan for how Michigan can stop the corrupting flow of unlimited, undisclosed money in state elections shows that she is a similarly excellent choice to become Michigan’s leading campaign finance official.
The ads will share these key points with voters. The TV ad buy, on both broadcast and cable, focuses on Nessel’s record. The digital ads will focus separately on Nessel and Benson. All ads will run continuously in Flint for the last two weeks of the election, from October 23 through November 6.
ECU Endorses Outlaw Dirty Money Constitutional Amendment in Arizona
April 26, 2018
Phoenix, AZ – Today, End Citizens United (ECU) endorsed the proposed Outlaw Dirty Money amendment to the Arizona Constitution. The amendment would increase transparency and help prevent corruption by requiring public disclosure of all contributors who give $2,500 or more to influence elections. The amendment would also stop the pervasive practice of laundering political contributions through intermediaries to hide the source of the money.
BOSTON, MA — End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed the People Govern, Not Money ballot initiative in Massachusetts. The initiative would support the passage of the 28th Amendment to get big money out of politics. The proposed 28th Amendment would overturn the disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision and declare that corporations are not people. Already, nineteen states and over 800 cities and towns throughout the country have passed 28th Amendment resolutions with bipartisan support.
Pierre, SD — Today, End Citizens United (ECU) endorsed the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment. The campaign to pass the amendment is led by Represent South Dakota, a grassroots, bipartisan group. The amendment was certified by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs last week to appear on the November 2018 ballot as Constitutional Amendment W.
Missouri desperately needs a fair, functional government. In a system that’s swarming with corrupt politicians and lobbyists, it’s no wonder Missouri families are left behind. With elected leaders failing to act, only citizens can make this happen. The first step is a vote for the Clean Missouri initiative in the November 2018 election.
Jefferson City, MO – Today, End Citizens United (ECU) endorsed the proposed Clean Missouri ballot initiative. The Clean Missouri ballot initiative will increase transparency, limit the influence of Big Money in local elections and combat the undue influence of lobbyists in Jefferson City. The initiative, which launched today, is currently in the signature collection stage and is scheduled to be on the November 2018 ballot.