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 campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks 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 John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE.

The former vice president has been backed by former President Obama and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks Overnight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response MORE (D-Mass.) in recent days as he works to shore up support from the Democratic Party’s left flank.