Democrats begin to panic over President Obama's re-election prospects, it is important that we don't limit ourselves to ensuring the Republicans don't capture the presidency. What has become clear since 2008, is that we need to elect more progressives in Congress no matter who is president. And you won't find a better progressive candidate for Congress than Norman Solomon, who is running for a seat from the newly drawn North Coast, California district. Solomon, paraphrasing Paul Wellstone's famous comment about representing the democratic wing of the Democratic Party, says that he will represent the progressive wing of the Progressive Caucus. Please share this post widely. Click on the Solomon tag below to read more about Norman's campaign, and click here to join or contribute as long as you are not a corporate PAC.
Solomon Will Not Accept Corporate PAC Money
Originally published at solomonforcongress.com
Congressional candidate Norman Solomon announced today (Sept. 6) that
he will not accept any corporate PAC money in his campaign for the open
seat in California's new North Coast district, which extends from the
Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.
Solomon, a progressive Democrat who is campaigning this week in
Humboldt and Mendocino counties, said that lofty rhetoric about the need
for campaign finance reform must be matched by action. "Huge
corporations seeking to fatten their profit margins are using Political
Action Committees to pressure and sway members of Congress," he said. "I
don't want their money. I want to be accountable to voters, not Wall
Taking the unusual step of pledging not to accept a single campaign
contribution from a corporate PAC, Solomon declared: "We're not supposed
to have government of, by and for the large corporations -- or Wall
Street. Many of the biggest companies are posting record profits while
many millions of Americans are out of work. Home foreclosures are
sky-high, schools are losing teachers, retirement security is in
jeopardy. This is completely unacceptable."
Solomon, who was elected as an Obama delegate to the 2008 Democratic
National Convention, is an outspoken foe of what he calls "undue
deference to Wall Street" in Washington.
"Political rhetoric about 'shared sacrifice' rings hollow when the vast
majority of us are being sacrificed to the financial benefit of big
banks and large corporations," Solomon said. He charged that "Congress
has acted in the financial interests of the rich instead of the public."
Solomon said that his campaign for Congress in the new coastal district
is leading the race in several key ways -- including "the most
volunteers, the first door-to-door canvassing, the most house parties
and the largest number of individual contributors." He added: "We don't
rely on big donors. Our campaign's momentum is propelled by wide and
deep grassroots support."