Advance Notice: Briefs

Peters endorsed by campaign finance reform group

By: - August 27, 2019 11:05 am
Sen. Gary Peters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters at Mott Community College | Derek Robertson

Updated, 8/30/19, with a quote from Peters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has been endorsed by End Citizens United, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee that supports Democrats fighting for campaign finance reform.

The group’s name is derived from the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United, in which the court held that political spending is a form of free speech under the First Amendment.

End Citizens United said it was backing Peters in his 2020 reelection for co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and co-sponsoring the For the People Act, sweeping campaign finance reform legislation that’s passed the Democratic-led U.S. House, but isn’t expected to see action in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate.

“[U.S. Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prides himself on doing the bidding of Big Money donors, Senator Gary Peters has fought to pass critical anti-corruption, transparency and government reform legislation. End Citizens United is proud to endorse Senator Peters, and we look forward to supporting his campaign to ensure that he is re-elected to the Senate,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller.

Peters is expected to face GOP businessman John James next year.

“The Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates for dark money to pour into our elections,” Peters said. “In 2014, out-of-state billionaires spent millions in false, negative ads against me in their failed effort to buy Michigan’s Senate seat. That election only reaffirmed how important it is to me to speak out against the endless, undisclosed money that is influencing our elections — and support efforts to reform our campaign finance system and improve disclosures and transparency. I’m grateful to have End Citizens United’s support in this campaign.”*

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