Biden announces endorsements from End Citizens United, Let America Vote

Biden announces endorsements from End Citizens United, Let America Vote
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Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE on Thursday announced he had received endorsements from End Citizens United and Let America Vote as the former vice president works to unite Democratic support around his White House bid.

Biden said in a statement first provided to The Hill that he would work as president to curtail the power of outside money in politics and expand access to the ballot for all voters.

“Our Constitution doesn’t begin with the phrase, ‘We the Democrats’ or ‘We the Republicans.’ And it certainly doesn’t begin with the phrase, ‘We the Donors.’ It begins with ‘We the People.’ Today, our campaign finance and electoral systems are broken. I’m excited to work with End Citizens United and Let America Vote to fix this once and for all,” he said.

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Biden said he would work to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which lifted restrictions on independent expenditures to political campaigns by corporations and would institute automatic and same-day voter registration and incentivize states to automatically restore voting rights for felons who have served their time.

The groups, which have a combined 4 million members, advocate for curtailing the power of outside money in politics and fighting voter suppression, respectively. The groups cited the former vice president’s commitments to end “the dominance of big money in politics,” fight gerrymandering and strengthen federal ethics rules in announcing their endorsements. 

“Donald Trump is the most corrupt President in modern history and he has spent his Presidency enriching himself, his family, and corporate special interests,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “Joe Biden has spent his career fighting to make sure our democracy includes everyone, and I know he’ll work to get big money out of our politics and more Americans participating in our democracy.

“Joe Biden will take on the corporate special interests on day one and it’s why we need him as the next President of the United States.” 

The endorsement from the two groups comes as Biden works to unite the Democratic base in his effort to unseat President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE.

The former vice president has been backed by former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court' Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: The midterms have begun MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats hope to hold Big Oil 'accountable' On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Democrats cutting paid leave from spending deal amid Manchin opposition MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Manchin dampens progressive hopes for billionaires tax Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal MORE (D-Mass.) in recent days as he works to shore up support from the Democratic Party’s left flank.