End Citizens United has endorsed Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22nd Dist. of Utica for re-election, the organization announced today.
The early endorsement will allow ECU to connect its 530,000 grassroots donors with Brindisi’s campaign to help ensure he has the resources to win, the group said. Brindisi was one of the first candidates ECU endorsed in the 2018 cycle, and ECU subsequently named then-Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Republican from New Hartford to its Big Money 20, a list of the group’s top targets to defeat. In October 2018, ECU launched a $700,000 ad campaign that included television ads, digital ads, and direct mail. Brindisi was part of the coalition of 107 House challenger candidates who sent a letter to the House of Representatives demanding that a reform bill be the first item on the agenda in 2019.
“Rep. Brindisi was key in getting the For the People Act, a once-in-a-generation anti-corruption and reform bill, passed through the House this year,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller.
Brindisi has not announced a re-election campaign for 2020, though his main campaign committee reported raising $457,678 from Jan. 1 through March 31 and spending about $70,237.
Two Republicans have announced they want to run for the 22nd District seat: George Phillips and Franklin Sager, both from the Binghamton area.