Earlier today Democratic State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, who running to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldin in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district, issued a statement calling on all the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary to reject “the corrupting influence of corporate money” and to refuse contributions from corporate PACs.
Here’s what the Roys campaign had to say in their press release:
“The voters of the 2nd District deserve candidates who will stand up to the tremendous influence of corporate money in politics – and lead by example on refusing to accept corporate PAC money,” said Roys’ campaign manager Rick Coelho. “In this district, no candidate needs corporate PAC dollars to win. Kelda understands that the public’s confidence in the judgment of their representatives has been undermined by corporate influence. She has ‘walked the walk,’ running a truly clean campaign by refusing corporate PAC money from day one.”
As noted by Rep. Roys’ campaign, four out of five candidates in the 2nd District primary have joined her pledge to reject corporate PAC money, with Democratic State Rep. Mark Pocan as the lone holdout. To date, Rep. Pocan’s campaign has accepted at least $17,000 in corporate PAC contributions, and among those contributions from corporate PACs were at least four corporations that are current or former members of the American Legislative Exchange Council: Miller Coors, UPS, Eli Lilly, and General Electric.