FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, December 19, 2019
NEW YORK — Following the passage of an appropriations bill with $425 million in election security funding to states, Stand Up America’s Political Director Brett Edkins released the following statement.
“It’s clear that Moscow Mitch bowed to pressure from the more than one-hundred thousand constituents who called their senators, showed up at town halls, wrote letters to the editor, and demanded this funding to secure our elections.
“Protecting the integrity of our elections should never be a partisan issue, and we applaud lawmakers for working together to pass this funding.
“Although this falls short of the $600 million passed in the House earlier this year, this crucial funding will help ensure that states across the country are better prepared to combat election interference in 2020.
“We now urge Donald Trump to immediately sign this appropriations bill into law.”
Earlier this year, Stand Up America launched a six-figure campaign to pressure ‘Moscow Mitch’ and Republican senators to back $600 million in election security funding. The campaign included a billboard in Kentucky targeting ‘Moscow Mitch,’ a volunteer-driven peer-to-peer text messaging program that has contacted hundreds of thousands of voters, digital ads targeting national audiences, and other digital organizing tactics.
In November 2019, Stand Up America and a dozen coalition partners sent a letter to Leaders McConnell and Schumer demanding the funding be included in an appropriations bill.
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About Stand Up America
Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to strengthen our democracy and oppose Trump’s corrupt agenda, Stand Up America has driven over 925,000 phone calls to Congress and mobilized tens of thousands of protestors across the country.