For Immediate Release

April 4, 2018

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VanOstran commits to rejecting all corporate PAC donations to his campaign for Congress

Webster Groves, Mo. – Democratic Congressional candidate Cort VanOstran announced Wednesday that he received the endorsement of End Citizens United (ECU), a national organization supporting candidates who champion campaign finance reform.

“In Washington, mega-donors dominate the conversation and have a tight grip over too many politicians. It’s corrupting the system and leaving Missouri families behind,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “Cort VanOstran is committed to reforming the rigged system by curbing the influence of Big Money special interests in politics. We’re proud to endorse Cort and look forward to helping him win in November.”

 “I am proud to have earned the support of End Citizens United, an organization that believes voters, not corporate money, should decide elections.” VanOstran said. He has committed to rejecting corporate PAC money in his campaign for Missouri’s Second Congressional District.

VanOstran’s opponent, Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate PAC contributions since she first started running for Congress in 2011. VanOstran has never accepted a single corporate PAC contribution, and has received over 2,000 contributions from individuals, almost 1,500 of which were for 100 dollars or less.

“As long as cases like Citizens United are on the books, corporations will continue to wield too much power in our democracy,” VanOstran said. “Voters in the Second District are tired of having their voices drowned out by the powerful and well connected. That is why I am committing to rejecting all corporate PAC money in this campaign. I’m running for Congress to make sure that the voters of the Second Congressional District have a representative who works for them—not for corporate special interests.”

VanOstran has assembled a notable list of endorsements, including Missouri State Representatives Stacey Newman, Tracy McCreery, and Cora Faith Walker; St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman; former Missouri State Senators Joan Bray and Rita Heard Days; former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; former Missouri State Representatives Bill Otto, Jeanne Kirkton, and Susan Carlson; former Mayor of St. Louis Vince Schoemehl; former Chief of Staff to Vice-President Al Gore, Charles Burson; and former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (MO-2) Kelli Dunaway.