Our elections are for sale. Politicians answer to their donors instead of us.
As just one example out of many, Representative Kilmer took $10,000 from Raytheon in 2014. The next year, he cosponsored a bill authorizing $286 million for the development of a new Israeli missile defense program being developed by Raytheon.
Another example: while addictive drugs kill our people, Kilmer takes donations from a Big Pharma PAC whose members are being sued for manufacturing the opioid epidemic. That same PAC is working to kill Medicare for All, which Kilmer refuses to cosponsor — even though it would save lives ravaged by opioids.
And one of the top priorities of that same PAC was to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Kilmer did pro-lifers’ bidding and voted to eliminate the Board. Kilmer even cosponsored the bill to eliminate it — even though the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the Board would have saved billions of dollars of taxpayer money. So much for Kilmer’s “fiscal responsibility.”
Actions like that are why I refuse all corporate PAC money and all lobbyist money: so I answer to YOU, not the 1%.
When I’m elected to Congress, I will fight for the overturning of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and I will sign on to the American Anti-Corruption Act, which will: