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10/10/2019

Ventura Supports Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Create Publicly Funded Campaign Systems

I Support Rep. Adam Schiff’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment (H.J. Res. 57) to Overturn Citizen United and push for meaningful campaign finance reforms that prevent wealthy campaign contributors from buying off lawmakers.

I ran my County Board race with the tagline, “no strings attached,” and I am running for United States Congress by rejecting corporate campaign contributions and corporate PAC money. I will not be supported by dark money and when I get to Congress, I will call out those who are bought and paid for in a very transparent way.

In the first three months of our congressional campaign we raised $18,300 from small donors. Our average campaign contribution is $65 from 282 individual donors.

I am challenging a multi-millionaire who has taken over $1.4 million in campaign contributions from banks and hedge fund firms. I have always known that we will not raise more than someone who sits on the financial services committee. Winning this election depends on volunteers knocking on doors and sharing our message that government needs to work for everyone, not just the wealthy.

Voters have been very responsive when we talk to them at their door. They are tired of politicians who are bought and paid for, and only represent their donors.

For the past 9 years, the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United has created a situation where billions of dollars in dark money has poured into political campaigns and influenced the American political process. We need to end this system.

We are watching an impeachment investigation because the president of the United States appeared to have encouraged a foreign power to influence our political process. Shouldn’t we also be questioning the intent of dark money and even transparent corporate cash from global companies?

It’s time we all stand up and say enough is enough. It is time to restore our democracy and make our government one that is of, by, and for the people.

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