Response of Rep. Eshoo on PAC MONEY

Last Saturday was the long-awaited issues based dialogue; my first opportunity to talk about the district issues and key policy differences with Rep. Anna Eshoo participating in the same forum.

At this discussion, a question was asked as to how I would strengthen the democratic process. I stressed the pervasive influence of corporate money in politics (39:17), and reaffirmed my pledge to NEVER accept any money from PACs or Special Interest Groups, keeping the focus on people. I call it a “people-centric agenda.” This is the reason why I perhaps was the only elected leader from amongst 30 others who challenged San Jose Water Company — fighting these rate increases for 4 years now and have either reduced, rejected or suspended 8 rate increases.

During my response, I brought up Rep. Anna Eshoo’s campaign contributions from PACs — a total of $785,700. Rep. Eshoo tried to justify it: “I use the money for campaign signs, to send out messages, and to buy stamps.” Well, I do all that and more, with a team of a thousand volunteers, without accepting any PAC money. Yes, it is possible! This integrity is what I brought to my city council — I rejected all developer contributions. When PACs came calling last year after I announced my congressional run, I refused the meeting.

I also talked about the need to overturn Citizens United, and referenced Rep. Anna Eshoo’s A rating from End Citizens United, and how flawed it was, as she is the #1 recipient of pharmaceutical money in the United States House of Representatives, and has passed legislation that increases the price of our healthcare.

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I am against the political establishment that caters to the lobbyists over the people and I am keenly interested to roll back the power to the people, ensuring that every politician will bring a people-centric agenda to Washington. To meet the current challenges of the United States, I called for changes in Congress to reinvigorate our democracy and overcome the divisiveness and partisan politics in Washington.

I called out the urgency of restoring integrity to politics by purging the big money from our political system. We can handle our challenges with Covid-19, fires, economy, healthcare and more via changes to our political system and by electing the right leaders.

I provided an alternative vision: a resolve to challenge the status quo and end divisive partisan politics in Washington, along with tangible, people-centric policy solutions and a results-driven outcome. The time for new leadership — for real change — is now! America is ready!

This tweet by Jon Sakoda perfectly captures the state we are in today:

“It took a pandemic and social unrest to get everyone to understand how important it is to have great elected officials at every level of government. Next time you are asked to vote, take it seriously. These roles are not just about politics — they can be a matter of life or death.”

BIG MONEY IN POLITICS

Big Money in politics is subverting the interest of the American people. It is time for change!

But we can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money. There is no argument: we need to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision today! Our democracy is undermined by the ability of special interests who buy politicians and elections by spending hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the candidates of their choice. Given how our career politicians were unprepared to address the pandemic challenges, and continue responding to the lobbyists, the drum for change is beating even harder.

Unlike my opponent Rep. Eshoo, I refuse PAC and Special Interest Group money. Will you support my efforts in eliminating Citizens United and deliver a new people-centric value system for the American people?

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo — my opponent this November — has expressed outrage against Citizens United. But it’s all a fashion statement. In a January 2015 press release, she wrote that Citizens United “cast a dark shadow over our democracy by bringing us dangerously closer to an electoral system where the voices of average Americans are easily drowned out by special interests, shadowy front groups, and a handful of billionaires.And yet, she continues to accept hefty sums of PAC money and Special Interest Group money, most notably from large pharmaceutical companies; As the top recipient of donations from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Rep. Eshoo went against President Obama and passed laws that made it easier for Big Pharma to keep drug prices high.

But what is more interesting is that End Citizens United, the organization whose agenda is to purge big money from politics, gave an A rating to Rep. Eshoo. Is this how we want our system to work? Reward politicians for fashion statements?

After the Stanford Daily shared their concern for Rep. Eshoo’s ties to Big Pharma, Rep. Eshoo herself ADMITTED to receiving millions from the industry while justifying it. We don’t buy the justification.

It’s time to stop making excuses. I will not change my stance with this. From day one, I’ve said what every elected leader in America needs to say: no corporate PAC money, no special interests, no lobbyists. Because our democracy is best when it’s responsive to YOU, the American people.

As an elected leader, I believe in making fearless citizen-centric choices to address the top challenges of my community. I challenged San Jose Water company and have either reduced, rejected or impacted eight water rate increases. I will fight for the issues important to our families and our neighbors, not the special interest groups.

We must eliminate the loopholes that allow millions of dollars into campaigns and sway elections. We need to level the playing field for the citizen-centric policies that our country desperately needs to address the needs of the post-covid-19 world..

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@rishikumar1 US House candidate, CA-18 Proud Democrat, Candidate for Congress in #CA18, Saratoga City Councilmember, Hi-Tech Executive, #NoPACMoney #GND #M4A

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Rishi Kumar, Candidate for U.S Congress CA CD18

@rishikumar1 US House candidate, CA-18 Proud Democrat, Candidate for Congress in #CA18, Saratoga City Councilmember, Hi-Tech Executive, #NoPACMoney #GND #M4A