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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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE.

The former vice president has been backed by former President Obama and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans MORE (D-Mass.) in recent days as he works to shore up support from the Democratic Party’s left flank.