Making government accountable to people, not corporations

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Washington only really works for big banks, corporations and their lobbyists, who have a direct line to our elected leaders. But Washington doesn’t work for most people – and the only way to change that is to get money out of politics.

I believe in a government that is accountable to everyday Americans — not just CEOs and billionaires. That’s why I support the proposed Government by the People Act, which would create a system where public matching of small-dollar donations can offset the negative influence of corporate money in our elections.

The bill would allow federal candidates to voluntarily opt to only accept donations of $150 or less — and have those donations matched six-to-one. With this plan, a high school teacher who donates $100 would have the same voice as a lobbyist who contributes $700. This bill would get us one step closer to leveling the playing field and ensure that we truly are a government of, for, and by the people.

To further accomplish this goal, I also support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision. 

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Recent Polling in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District reveals Gallego is in the Lead

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To: Interested Parties
From: Joshua Ulibarri and Geoff Puryear
Re: Recent Polling in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District

Date: July 28, 2014

A recent survey among likely August 2014 Democratic primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District shows that former State Representative Ruben Gallego holds a clear, 8- point lead over Mary Rose Wilcox. The poll finds that Gallego has strengthened his position since the spring and that Wilcox’s attacks on Gallego have backfired, damaging her own favorability ratings without affecting Gallego’s. As the campaign heads into its final month it is clear that given the resources, Gallego is in a strong position to win this race.

Gallego’s continued lead is fueled by two main factors:

First, despite Wilcox’s attacks, Gallego is more popular than he was at the beginning of the campaign – and he has grown stronger. In May, 43% of voters viewed Gallego favorably and 6% viewed him unfavorably for a net favorable rating of +37. Today Gallego is viewed favorably by 51% of voters and unfavorably by just 11%, for a net favorable rating of +39. In other words, Gallego’s positive, issue-focused campaign has improved his popularity, even as the Wilcox campaign made false attacks on Gallego over issues such as his name.

Second, Wilcox’s attacks on Gallego have backfired and she is more unpopular than she was before the attacks began. During this same period, Wilcox’s popularity has eroded. In May, 48% of likely voter viewed Wilcox favorably and 27% viewed her unfavorably for a net favorable rating of +22. Today, just 40% view her favorably and 30% view her unfavorably, for a net favorable rating of only +11, which is 11 points lower than before her attacks on Gallego began.

The implications are clear: Gallego is leading and is well positioned to become Arizona’s next Member of Congress. As this campaign enters its final stages, Gallego holds a significant lead over Wilcox and is viewed much more favorably than her.

i Methods: Lake Research Partners designed and administered this survey and it was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers July 20-22, 2014. Both landlines and cell phones were called. The survey reached a total of 400 likely August 2014 Democratic Primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Telephone numbers for the sample were generated from a list of registered voters in Arizona. The data were weighted slightly by race, age, region, party registration, and gender. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% and larger for subgroups.

i Methods: Lake Research Partners designed and administered this survey and it was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers July 20-22, 2014. Both landlines and cell phones were called. The survey reached a total of 400 likely August 2014 Democratic Primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Telephone numbers for the sample were generated from a list of registered voters in Arizona. The data were weighted slightly by race, age, region, party registration, and gender. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% and larger for subgroups.

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Arizona Highway Patrol Association Endorses Ruben Gallego

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 8, 2014

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Arizona Highway Patrol Association endorses Ruben Gallego for Congress

PHOENIX, AZ – The Arizona Highway Patrol Association today endorsed Ruben Gallego for Congress.

“Ruben Gallego has been an unwavering advocate for all working people, including Department of Public Safety workers,” said Sergeant Jimmy Chavez, President of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association.

“As a Marine, Ruben knows the importance of public safety and understands the risks and issues faced by our officers every day,” added Chavez. “In the State House, Ruben was a strong supporter of all public safety workers and always fought to ensure that we had the proper resources to do our jobs. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association is proud to support Ruben for Congress.”

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association represents both uniformed and civilian employees of the Department of Public Safety.

ABOUT RUBEN GALLEGO

Ruben Gallego is the child of Hispanic immigrants, raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. Ruben enlisted in the Marines while attending Harvard, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. After graduating, Ruben served a tour in Iraq as a Marine with Lima 3/25. Ruben’s Marine Corps unit saw some of the toughest combat of the war.

Ruben was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans, helping lead the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062. As a legislator he also led the push for Medicaid Expansion and secured in-state tuition for veterans. Ruben and his wife Kate live in South Mountain.

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Professional Firefighters of Arizona Endorse Ruben Gallego

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 3, 2014

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Professional Firefighters of Arizona Endorse Ruben Gallego for Congress

PHOENIX, AZ — The Professional Firefighters of Arizona today endorsed Ruben Gallego for Congress.

“This election is about bringing new leadership to Congress from Arizona,” said Bryan Jeffries, President of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona. “For Arizona’s firefighters, Ruben Gallego isn’t just the right choice – he’s a young leader who will bring new energy and drive to representing our state, one who we look forward to partnering with for years to come.”

“As a combat veteran, Ruben has a deep understanding of the role first responders play and what they need in order to do their job successfully,” Jeffries added. “In the state legislature, Ruben was a reliable and effective ally for firefighters and all first responders. In Congress, we will look to Ruben to be a partner firefighters in Arizona deserve.”

The Professional Firefighters of Arizona represent firefighters throughout the state. The union is largely recognized as one of the state’s most powerful groups and boasts a number of recent electoral wins.

Gallego now has essentially locked up all of the major union endorsements in Arizona. In addition to the Professional Firefighters of Arizona, Gallego has the backing of AFL-CIO, SEIU, UFCW, the Building and Construction Trades, IBEW 640, AFSCME, Arizona Pipe Trades and the Teamsters.

ABOUT RUBEN GALLEGO
Ruben Gallego is the child of Hispanic immigrants, raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. Ruben enlisted in the Marines while attending Harvard, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. After graduating, Ruben served a tour in Iraq as a Marine with Lima 3/25. Ruben’s Marine Corps unit saw some of the toughest combat of the war.

Ruben was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans, helping lead the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062. As a legislator he also led the push for Medicaid Expansion and secured in-state tuition for veterans. Ruben and his wife Kate live in South Mountain.

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