(July 25, 2018 - Chicopee) “My job as your congresswoman will be to fiercely defend democracy. I am the only one in this race qualified to do that with a clear conscience and strong resolve because I am not beholden to any interests besides the interests of the people,” said Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for US House of Representatives for Massachusetts’ First District.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, billions of dollars have poured into federal, state, and local elections. Citizens United opened the gates for billionaires and corporations to flood limitless sums of money into our political system. “Voters are concerned that the loyalties of their representatives are divided between the constituents they are elected to serve, and the corporations who so generously fund their campaigns,” said Attorney Amatul-Wadud. “Voters worry that our voices are not being heard because the average citizen cannot compete with the millions of dollars that corporations have given to our Congressman’s campaign,” she added.
Attorney Amatul-Wadud does not accept contributions from corporate political action committees (“PACs”), or any dark or special interest money. “I will support an amendment to overturn Citizens United so that the American people can reclaim their democratic institutions from the influence of big money,” she said.
Amatul-Wadud has been a vocal critic of her opponent, Rep. Richard Neal for accepting millions in campaign contributions by way of PACs. Attorney Amatul-Wadud released a statement condemning the representative's acceptance of more than $200,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry while many in his district struggle to afford the high cost of their medications. On July 3, 2018, on The John Krol Show, Amatul-Wadud called on Rep. Neal to immediately suspend accepting contributions from Big Pharma until pharmaceutical costs for constituents in Western Massachusetts are under control. Earlier this month she released a statement criticizing the representative’s history of receiving large contributions from military defense contractors while consistently voting for what she described as a bloated and wasteful budget.
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