MoveOn.org gave the new Senate candidacy of Chris Murphy a boost today with an email to its Connecticut members, praising him for his position on campaign finance reform.
“One year ago today, the Supreme Court gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as you and me, in the Citizens United decision. And in the last election, we saw what this corporate takeover of our democracy looks like, with a record-setting $4 billion spent on the elections.
“Connecticut Rep. Chris Murphy has been a leader in the fight to rein in corporate control of our democracy. He was one of the first signers of our Fight Washington Corruption pledge, which included a call to overturn Citizens United, and he organized other congressional candidates to join him and “take back our democracy from the big corporate special interests who have so dominated our political decision making in the last decade.
“A corporate front group targeted Rep. Murphy with over a million dollars in attack ads in retaliation for his bold stand3, but Rep. Murphy fought hard, and with help from local MoveOn members, won in November.
“Yesterday, Rep. Murphy announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Joe Lieberman. It’s exciting that as a champion in fighting corporate influence in Washington, Chris Murphy can make this a real issue in the race for Senate.“
The emphasis was MoveOn’s.
It added a postscript: “MoveOn’s endorsement decisions are always made by local MoveOn members, and any endorsement in this Senate race would eventually be made by a vote of Connecticut MoveOn members.”