I pledge to never accept Wall Street money, or hold any investments or stocks in any company, while serving as a Congressman.
- Campaign donations from corporations are business investments. US Representatives who accept corporate money are pressured to vote in their donors’ (not the voters’) best interests. That isn’t Democracy; that’s called a “plutocracy” – when the wealthiest control the government. Here are some real-life examples:
- The August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll (2015) found that 72% of Americans think prescription drug prices are too high. And yet, we still have a 2003 law preventing our government from negotiating drug prices on our behalf despite many attempts to reverse it. Why? Maybe because the pharmaceutical industry has spent the most (>$3.5 billion) lobbying for the last two decades.
- The unpopular “individual mandate” of the ACA was lobbied for by insurance companies , which have spent the second most ($2.4 million) on lobbying from 1998-2016.
- As your Congressman, I will support legislation to overturn Citizens United.