As an elected representative, I pledge not to take donations from individuals or corporate interests who represent the developer and real estate industry. I pledge to maintain my integrity in my financial dealings and prioritize constituents over corporate interests and developers. I will not engage in backroom deals that shut out everyday people from decision-making that impacts the future of their communities. I promise to use my power in office to promote a government of, by and for the people.
Taking this pledge means I will not accept contributions over $50* from any of the following**:
Corporate PACs, lobbyists, and executives of developer & real estate companies - companies whose primary business is the developing, owning, or managing commercial and residential real estate.
Why No Backroom Deals?
Our government belongs to us, the people. When corporations and the most well-connected among us conspire behind closed doors with elected representatives, the rest of us are left behind. We’re left out of conversations about the future of our communities and what we want it to look like. This goes beyond party – this is a matter of the corrupting influence of big money in our democracy.
Citizens of Lancaster County should not have to compete with corporate bidders for the attention of their elected representatives. Developers and other big money interests regularly use campaign donations and favors to override the will of the people and change the way our communities look, pushing out people for profit. A few wealthy individuals should not have more influence than the rest of the voters combined. We are calling for an end to these covert backroom dealings between elected officials and special interests that disenfranchise everyday working people in our communities.
Government must be for all of us, not for the highest bidder. The No Backroom Deals pledge asks representatives at all levels of government not to sell their time, attention, or vote for a campaign contribution, and to work with integrity towards the best possible future for the residents and constituents of the district.
*Local campaigns have to disclose all donations over $50.
**If a campaign unknowingly accepts money from any of the listed private interests they will return the donation in full.
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