FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017—Provo, Utah—Dr. Kathie Allen convened a press conference at the bottom of the west steps of the historic Utah County Courthouse in Provo, Utah, to make a major campaign announcement and take questions from the press. What follows is the full text of Dr. Allen’s remarks:
Good morning, and thank you for coming today.
I’m happy to be in Provo this morning. This city is truly the heart of the Third Congressional District. And it was here in Provo on March 22, 2016, that thousands of young, millennial voters lined the blocks to vote in the Democratic Presidential Caucus. Many of them were first-time voters. They cast their ballots for a presidential candidate whose message had inspired them: Senator Bernie Sanders.
Bernie’s message resonated with Utah’s young voters on several levels, from health care reform to student debt. But today I’m here to talk about another of his core messages: campaign finance reform.
It is obvious to everyone that special interests and big money have far too much influence in our politics. Earlier this month, in the Republican primary election for this seat in Congress, large corporate PACs from outside this district spent over $900,000 trying to buy that election. Thankfully, the voters in this district saw through that negativity.
Today, I announce that my campaign will not be taking any donations from corporations or corporate PACs. We will continue to fund this campaign using mainly small, individual, grassroots donations. Our latest numbers show that the average donation to my campaign is only $31. That’s the kind of contribution I’d like to see even more of going forward.
I want the people of this district to know without a doubt that if they elect me to represent them in Congress this November, I will not owe a thing to corporate donors or deep-pocketed special interests. I will answer to no one but you. That’s how Congress ought to be. That’s the truth of what our Founding Fathers wanted, but not enough members of Congress—or people running for Congress—are willing to say it.
I’m running for Congress to tell those hard truths. When I look at the facts of campaign finance, the diagnosis is clear: corporations are not human beings.
The cure is to not feed the beast. I call upon my fellow candidates in this race to pledge, as I have today, that they will not take campaign donations from corporations or their PACs.
Thank you. I have time for a few questions.
For inquiries, please contact:
Daniel Craig Friend, Communications Driector