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Tonko Announces “A-Rating” on Democracy Reform Scorecard

Congressman recognized for efforts to defend Democracy

ALBANY – Paul Tonko’s strong record of fighting special interests in Washington was recognized this week by End Citizens United (ECU), a good-government group that works to reverse the harmful Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, which deregulated limits on dark money in our political system. ECU graded Tonko’s legislative voting record with an “A” rating. 

“We should be a government of the many, not the money. In today’s American political system, the wealthy and well-connected have tremendously outsized influence compared to middle-class working families.  The Supreme Court’s decision to flood our nation with dark, unaccountable money puts power in the hands of those who already have it, and can afford more of it.  That is why I have supported legislation to reverse this harmful decision by the highest court and level the playing field between billionaires and the middle class. I thank ECU for their recognition of my efforts, and I look forward to re-doubling our efforts until the job is done,” said Tonko. 

“Congressman Tonko has been a long-time champion for policies to end the dominance of big money in politics and give everyday people a bigger voice in our elections. He knows that to make progress on so many issues people care about, from climate change to gun violence, we must create a democracy that works for all of us. We’re proud he has earned an A on our 2019 legislative scorecard,” said Tiffany Muller, president, End Citizens United Action Fund.

Along with support for the transformational, anti-corruption legislation titled the For the People Act (H.R. 1), Tonko received his grade based on his support for legislation to end the dominance of big money in politics, protect our elections from foreign interference, and ensure every eligible voter can cast a ballot free from discrimination.

ECU’s scorecard highlighted the following legislative actions from this Congress:

  •        Cosponsored the For the People Act (H.R. 1).
  •        Voted YES on H.R. 1.
  •        Cosponsored The Democracy For All Amendment (H.J. Res 2), which would overturn the Supreme Court Citizens United v FEC  decision.
  •        Cosponsored The DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 2977), which requires all groups that spend money on elections to report major campaign donations.
  •        Voted YES on The SAFE Act (H.R. 2722), which, provides resources to states to shore up voting systems and set federal standards to maintain the integrity of our elections. 
  •        Cosponsored The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617), which closes loopholes that allow foreign interests to spend money on our elections. It also requires campaigns to report any offers of foreign assistance. 
  •        Cosponsored the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), which restores key sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1065 to ensure every eligible voter can cast their ballot free from discrimination and voting roll purges. 
  •        Voted YES on H.R. 4.
  •        Voted NO on H.R.4’s Motion to Recommit, a procedural maneuver offered by House Republicans, which contained language that undermined H.R. 1. 

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