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End Citizens United and Every Voice Launch “Independent Investigation Now” Campaign

May 12, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

In wake of Comey firing, the reform groups will urge senators to call for investigation

Campaign kicks-off with digital ads, calls to senate offices and petition pushing for independent investigation into whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia to rig election

First wave of campaign will target senators in AZ, NV, MT, WI, OH, PA, ME & AK

Washington, DC – In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s firing, two money in politics reform groups, End Citizens United and Every Voice, are launching “Independent Investigation Now.” The national campaign, which will include paid advertising and grassroots action, will pressure senators to call for an independent investigation to determine if President Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia in an attempt to rig the election.

The groups are kicking-off the campaign with digital ads targeting Senators Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), Steve Daines (MT), Ron Johnson (WI), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Toomey (PA), Susan Collins (ME), and Lisa Murkowski (AK). They are also launching a call your senator campaign and a national petition calling on senators to support an investigation.

“Americans are legitimately concerned about the security and integrity of our elections, which are the foundation of our democracy. They deserve to have faith in their system restored through a nonpartisan independent investigation,” End Citizens United President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller said. “Congress should immediately establish a commission to get this investigation underway.”

Already, 220 members of Congress, including Republicans ,Democrats and Independents have called for an independent investigation or special prosecutor. Additionally, 50 members, including Flake, Portman and Murkowski have expressed serious concerns with President Trump’s firing of Comey.

“Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey was a flagrant attack on the integrity of our democracy,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “We need to make sure our politicians are working first and foremost for the American people. Only a truly nonpartisan, independent investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election will give Americans the thorough, comprehensive answers they need and deserve.”

End Citizens United, a grassroots-powered reform group with 3 million members nationwide, was established in March 2015 to counter the disastrous effects of the Citizens United decision and protect the integrity of our elections against big money, secret money and foreign influence.

Every Voice is fighting for a democracy that works for everyone by holding politicians accountable and passing policies to amplify the voices of everyday people and reduce the influence of big money in politics.

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