Published August 22, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On Tuesday, Sharice Davids, candidate for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, received the endorsement of End Citizens United (ECU), a grassroots organization dedicated to reforming our campaign finance system and standing against Citizens United.
“Americans are fed up with a system where those who write the biggest checks have the biggest say. Sharice Davids will fight for reform so that every Kansan has a voice in government and Congress focuses on the best interest of the people, not mega donors and special interests. We’re proud to support her campaign and look forward to helping her win in November,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller.
“Getting big money out of politics so that people– not corporations– have their voices heard in Washington is essential to our democracy,” said Davids. “Kansans deserve a representative who will speak for them, not one who’s bought and paid for by the special interests, and I’ll make sure their voices are heard. I’m proud to have earned the endorsement of End Citizens United and I look forward to working with them on bringing fairness and transparency to our elections.”
Davids is running against an opponent in Kansas’ third congressional district, Congressman Kevin Yoder, whose campaign is “fueled by PAC money,” with more than half of it coming from PACs and less than 1 percent from small donors. Yoder has taken over $1 million in campaign contributions from Wall Street and the financial industry and then voted to give them huge tax breaks. He’s also taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the insurance industry then voted for a plan that lets insurance companies charge people over age 50 up to 5 times more.
Davids’ campaign, in contrast, is largely funded by grassroots donors. The average contribution to her campaign is less than $19.
Sharice Davids is a proud Kansan raised by a single mom and Army veteran who was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. After graduating from Johnson County Community College, Davids went on to earn an Ivy League law degree. She wants others to have the same opportunities to achieve their goals. That is why she has focused her career, including her service as a White House fellow, on bringing more opportunities to under-served communities and middle class families to help them get ahead. In Congress, Davids will continue her work by expanding access to affordable health care, strengthening public schools, making college more affordable, and investing in infrastructure to help create more good paying jobs.