Walking the talk. Putting voters first – not big donors
I’m running a different kind of Congressional campaign. I’m running on both a traditional Progressive Democratic platform and a non-partisan Constitutional Amendment to reform our corrupted campaign finance system. Plus, I’m walking my talk by funding my run SOLELY from the people I will represent—the people of Calif.’s 7th Congressional District (the CA-7). That’s right. I’m accepting no corporate, PAC or donations from outside the district.
My campaign finance pledge is the most principled in the nation. It reflects a core tenet of my Election Reform Constitutional Amendment. This would overturn Citizen’s United, end gerrymandering and reform other aspects of political fundraising and our elections. It’s all part of restoring the core principles of representative democracy that once made us the envy of the free world.
Some ask why I would limit my campaign fundraising this way, but the real question is why would we want to elect a candidate financed any other way?
Compare this to my opponent, Rep. Ami Bera. Roughly 80% of his nearly $20 million in career donations comes from outside the CA-7 district. This includes from Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Wall Street and law firms. Bera has even raised more from Chicago ($312,423) than Yolo County ($290,684).¹ That is not a local candidate. But it is part of a system that successfully marginalizes the voices and priorities of average citizens in favor of powerful interests outside our community.
What a bizarre system. Bera’s father even went to jail for laundering money to elect his son to Congress. And it worked. This same system also lets a moneyed minority block issues that 60-70% of Americans agree on. Issues like prescription drug reform, campaign finance reform, guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose, banning assault weapons, immigration reform, addressing the opioid crisis, net neutrality, fighting income inequality and combating climate change.
This is why I am running: To change Congress, to amend the Constitution and to restore faith and pride in our election system.
Please get involved today so come the March 3 primary, we each can say we helped FREE THE VOTE.
Progressive Democrat for Congress
¹ According to OpenSecrets.org and FEC reports
Two sides of the campaign
Medicare for All
Prescription Drug Reform
Guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose
Green New Deal
Banning assault weapons
Labor and Social Justice
Addressing the opioid crisis
Among other issues. Learn more
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California’s Congressional District 7
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