Our Anti-Corruption Candidates:
Greg Orman is an independent candidate running against incumbent Pat Roberts for Senate in Kansas. Orman is a business owner and an entrepreneur.
Michigan, 6th Congressional District (Open)
Democrat Paul Clements is running against Congressman Fred Upton, who has held the House seat in contention for 27 years.
South Dakota, Senate (Open)
Democrat Rick Weiland is running in a 4-way contest for the U.S. Senate against Mike Rounds (R), Larry Pressler (I) and Gordon Howie (I). The seat is currently represented by a retiring Democrat Tim Johnson.
Iowa, 3rd Congressional District (Open)
Staci Appel is running against David Young, a DC insider who has refused to support public financing of elections and is funded by big- money special interests based in Washington, DC.
North Carolina, 3rd Congressional District (Open)
Representative Jones is the only Republican Member of Congress to publicly support campaign finance reform.
New Hampshire, 1st Congressional District (Open)
Carol Shea-Porter is a champion of reform. She is a co-sponsor of the Government by the People Act and a vocal opponent of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United.
Arizona, 7th Congressional District (Open)
Ruben Gallego is a former Marine and Arizona state representative who supports the Government by the People Act.
New Hampshire Senate -- Republican Primary
We are proud to have supported Jim Rubens in the New Hampshire Republican primary. Rubens is openly confronting an issue that too many simply ignore: the corrupting influence of money in politics.
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Fact Sheet on 2014 Races
Mayday PAC supports Independent Greg Orman, Kansas Senate
Greg Orman is an independent candidate running against incumbent Pat Roberts for Senate in Kansas. Orman is a business owner and an entrepreneur. In 2010, he created the Common Sense Coalition to give a voice to unrepresented independents and voices in the middle. In a recent poll, Orman leads Roberts by 3 points.
FACT: On Orman’s website he has written: “For me, there is no bigger issue that has more corrupting influence over elected Democrats and Republicans on every legislative action – or inaction – than questionable, special-interest campaign contributions” see Orman’s plan here.
FACT: Orman believes that Washington is broken and he called our current campaign finance system “legalized bribery” [Wichita Eagle, 9/15/14]. He understands that our nation’s key problem is that the political system “caters to special interests and the extremists.” His solution focuses on hard work, accountability and common-ground collaboration see Orman’s issue platform here.
FACT: Orman supports policy prescriptions such as: Full disclosure of fundraising bundling, limit lobbyist and PAC donations while Congress is in session, ban certain types of political donations by federal contractors, pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, or increase overall disclosure requirements for all political giving see more details here.
Mayday PAC supports Democrat Paul Clements, MI-6 House general election
FACT: One of Paul Clements primary campaign issues is ‘preserving our democracy’. Clements believes that, “We need to defend each citizen’s full representation in our democracy” and that, “The political power of concentrated wealth undermines democratic participation, so we should implement stronger campaign finance laws, increase publicly-funded elections, and overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision.”
FACT: Fred Upton had once written on his website, which has since but removed but is still recorded at sourcewatch: “I strongly believe that everything must be on the table as we seek to reduce carbon emissions.” However, right before Upton became Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in January 2011, he co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, a PAC started by David Koch. The op-ed presented their opposition to EPA regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. David Koch’s company, Koch Industries, was, along with several other energy companies, among Upton’s top donors when he ran for reelection in 2010.
Mayday PAC supports Democrat Rick Weiland, SD Senate general election
Democrat Rick Weiland, former senior adviser to Senator Tom Daschle, is running against Republican Mike Rounds, who served as the former governor of South Dakota from 2003-2011. The Senate seat was vacated by the retirement of current Democratic Senator Tim Johnson.
FACTS: Weiland believes that big money and special interests have taken over our government and turned it against us. He supports the Government by the People Act and called the McCutcheon v. FEC decision the “worst ruling since Dred Scott.”
FACTS: If elected, Weiland has stated that the first bill he would introduce is a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling. This promise is printed on the back of his business card.
FACTS: As a testament to Weiland’s dedication to the issue, several prominent campaign finance reform advocates have endorsed him, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the organization Democracy for America. In her endorsement email, Senator Warren said that Weiland“is campaigning actively on campaign finance reform and taking back government for hard-working everyday people.”
Mayday PAC supports Democrat Staci Appel, IA-3 House general election:
Democrat Staci Appel is running against David Young, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley. Currently represented by a retiring Republican, President Obama won this district in 2012.
FACTS: Staci Appel has pledged to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling. She supports the Government By The People Act (public matching funds) – and, as State Senator, Appel sponsored legislation (SSB 1173) that would have established public financing of elections in Iowa for the first time.
FACTS: Young is funded by big-money special interests based in Washington, DC. The top contributing “industry” to Young’s campaign is lobbyists, who have contributed $77,500, more donors from DC have given to his campaign than any other metropolitan area, and he has more donors from out of state than from Iowa.
Mayday PAC supports Republican Walter Jones, NC-3 House general election:
Republican Congressman Walter Jones prevailed over his most competitive challenge to date in the NC-3 Republican primary — his opponent was largely funded by outside money. He is now running against Marshall Adame, a retired Marine and former U.S. diplomat, in the general election. Jones has represented the third district for 10 terms.
FACTS: Congressman Walter Jones is the only Republican House member who vocally supports changing the way elections are funded. He called Citizens United “one of the worst decisions by the Supreme Court in my adult lifetime.” Jones is proof that campaign finance reform is an issue that gains traction on both sides of the aisle.
FACTS: Congressman Jones is an original co-sponsor of the Government By the People Act. Jones’ history of sponsoring legislation to get money out of politics includes the Fair Elections Now Act from 2008, which was reintroduced in the House in 2011. In 2013, he introduced H.R. 3466 or No Political Funds for Personal Use, a bill that would close the personal use loophole for all political committees.
Mayday PAC supports Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, NH-1 House general election:
Democrat Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is running against Frank Guinta, the former incumbent who lost to Shea-Porter in 2012. The race has been rated as a “toss-up” by most major news organizations.
FACTS: Congresswoman Shea-Porter co-sponsored the Government By the People Act. In addition, campaign finance reform is a cornerstone of her re-election campaign. Shea-Porter is a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act and participated in the “New Hampshire Rebellion” protest in 2014.
FACTS: Guinta was named one of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s Most Corrupt members of congress during his first term. He was placed under federal investigation for irregularities in his 2010 campaign finances. In 2012, Guinta’s top donors included Citizens United and Koch Industries.
Mayday PAC supported Democrat Reuben Gallego, AZ-7 primary election: Gallego won the primary!
By voting for Gallego on August 26, voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional district brought us one step closer to diminishing the influence of money in politics and bringing our system back to a true democracy.
Democrat Reuben Gallego is a former Arizona state representative running against Mary Rose Wilcox, the Maricopa County Supervisor. The district is currently represented by retiring democratic congressman Ed Pastor.
FACTS: Gallego believes that the only way to get Washington working again is to take money out of politics. He supports the Government by the People Act and a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision.
FACTS: Gallego has received several high profile endorsements, including current Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz) who has received praise from the Fair Elections Now Coalition for co-sponsoring the Fair Elections Now Act. Grijalva endorsed Gallego in a written statement, saying “I worked with Ed Pastor for many years. He was the best partner I could have asked for in Phoenix, and I couldn’t think of a better candidate to replace him than Ruben Gallego.”
Mayday PAC supported Republican Jim Rubens, NH U.S. Senate primary: Rubens lost the primary.
Although Rubens didn’t win on September 9, he gained significant ground in a short period. In a July Global Strategy Group poll, Rubens earned 9% of the Republican primary vote and was familiar to just 36% of likely primary voters. Rubens ended the race with 23.5% of the vote and familiar to 58% of Republican primary voters.
From our polling after the election, we found that our issue had critical resonance with an important segment of New Hampshire Republicans. 37% said that “reducing the corrupting influence of politics was a major or deciding factor in their vote for Senate.” And among that 37%, our candidate beat the Republican nominee by 18 points!
Scott Brown and Jim Rubens were the two leading candidates in the crowded field for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
FACTS: Jim Rubens was campaigning on a 9-point Political Reform Agenda, including a plan to “enact a public elections financing system for candidates.” He also pledged to support the Taxation without Representation Act, which would create a public financing system for elections to diminish the power of big money in politics. The act would provide taxpayers up to $200 apiece in vouchers that they can sign over only to candidates they support, empowering everyday citizens.
FACTS: Scott Brown refused to co-sponsor the Fair Elections Now Act, the public financing bill in the U.S. Senate. He was the deciding vote against the DISCLOSE Act, a crucial bill to increase donor transparency after the Citizens United ruling. After agreeing to a “People’s Pledge” to combat special-interest money in the Massachusetts Senate race, he refuses to this year. Brown’s campaign is fueled by special-interest money, including millions from Wall Street and financial interests.