Cory Booker And Kirsten Gillibrand Ride End Citizens United Bandwagon

Published on Author RM2000

There seems to be a turning of the tide in the country’s political arena. Democrats are turning down support from PAC’s as never before. They now seem to be taking the moral high ground pushed by End Citizens United and seizing the opportunity to ride the crest of reform in electoral campaign contributions. However, there are some Democrats who might jeopardize their Senate seats in a number of states that were ruled by the GOP in 2016. These states include Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and Montana. Senators in these states might give in to the pressure from others who still accept funding from for-profit PACs.

Democrat Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator, promised on February that she will no longer accept electoral donations coming from PACs (political action committees) which are connected to businesses or for-profit institutions. There are a number of senators who have already signified their intentions to get out of the ditch and jump on to high ground espoused by End Citizens United. These include Senator Bernie Sanders, independent, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat, and Kirsten Gillibrand, also a Democrat. It is interesting to note that these are all presidential hopefuls.

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Booker is running for re-election in 2020 and prior to his recent announcement, had received from 2013 to 2018 around $1.8 million campaign funds from PAC’s with ties to business interests. Gillibrand is also running for her re-election, but based on reports by the Center for Responsive Politics, she also received financial support from PACs the likes of Johnson & Johnson and Time Warner. Even then, End Citizens United endorsed Gillibrands’ announcement. This grassroots PAC is working for the amendment of the U.S. Supreme Court 2010 decision ruling that independent electoral campaign expenditures and contributions by non-profits, for-profits institutions and corporation cannot be restricted.

Booker’s announcement came after Gillibrand published a video announcing her decision not to accept electoral funding from corporate PACs on her Twitter account. According to Gillibrand, due to the corrosive results of corporate funding in politics, she has decided not to accept company PAC checks from this point on in her campaign. An End Citizens United spokesman, on the other hand, stated that before Gillibrand’s announcement, it has only known of just one politician who made a similar promise: the incumbent U.S. Representative Francis Rooney from the 19th District of Florida.

Not accepting corporate electoral funding might be a political blow to some Democrats who hold key positions in the senate. They would face difficult challenges to people like the Koch brothers who can outspend their rivals since they are sponsored by deep-pocketed PACs. For instance, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat from Florida might fight an uphill battle against Governor Rick Scott, Republican. If he chooses to run for the senate, Scott could spend heavily in ensuring that he takes a senate seat.