There is nothing more important than safeguarding the integrity of our elections and improving the transparency of our campaign finance system. In fact, Lisa Brown has said that passing the DISCLOSE Act and overturning the Citizens United decision should be the first priority of a new Congress in January 2019.
In response to an attack ad paid for by the Washington State Republican Party in today’s Spokesman-Review, Brown released the following statement:
“In this campaign I’ve pledged to not accept contributions from corporate PACs and I haven’t. In fact, if you look at the FEC report my campaign filed last Friday, we’ve received contributions from more than 10,000 individual donors, and 90 percent of our contributions come from Washington state. The vast majority of our donors are individual people, not PACs.
“The state Republican Party had to go back 10 years to try and find a way to attack our campaign – an attempt to distract from my opponent, who has accepted more than $7 million in special interest donations in her 14-year career in Congress, including more than $1 million in this election cycle. The last time I ran for office was in 2008. A lot has changed since then, namely the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which has allowed corporate PACs and dark money interests to have unprecedented influence on our elections. This is one of the primary issues I hear about from voters throughout the district, and why I took the pledge to not accept contributions from corporate PACs for this campaign. And now, voters aren’t just concerned about special interest money from the United States, but foreign actors’ influence on our elections as well. Yesterday the president brushed off the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that have unanimously concluded that Russia interfered in our 2016 election. So far all we’ve seen from Congressional Republican leadership are words, not actions to prevent interference in the 2018 elections.
“The real difference between myself and my opponent is that I want to solve this problem and take on dark money in politics. My opponent on the other hand is entrenched in the status quo, as indicated by her votes last week to block debate on End Citizens United (HJR 31) and the DISCLOSE Act (HR 6239), two pieces of legislation I will prioritize if elected to Congress. I’ve been endorsed by End Citizens United, while my opponent was added to End Citizens United’s Big Money 20 list of politicians who accept the most money from special interests and then vote in their favor instead of their constituents’.
“If the state GOP is truly concerned about corporate PAC donations, then they should reconsider their support for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. I look forward to continuing to run a people-powered campaign that depends on support from individual people throughout eastern Washington and across the state.”