The group End Citizens United sponsors the “Big Money 20” campaign, “aimed at defeating incumbents who do the bidding of special interests such as drug companies, Big Oil, and Wall Street, while also rigging the system.”
Chester County’s all-R congressional delegation of 3 supplied 2 out of the 20 winners. In End Citizens United’s words:
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 06)
Co-sponsored a bill that contributed to the opioid crisis by making it “virtually impossible” for the DEA to freeze suspicious shipments of drugs; and received more than $300,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry over his career
Voted against campaign finance reforms, including the DISCLOSE Act and a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
and Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA 07)
Was the beneficiary of over $1.2 million of outside spending from secret money groups in 2010 and voted several times against disclosure requirements for those groups.
Flip-flopped on protecting Americans’ online privacy rights after a major uptick in contributions from the telecom industry, including from top donor Comcast
Is Chesco’s 3rd rep, Lloyd Smucker (R-PA 16), feeling left out?
You can hunt down a lot of info on donations to elected representatives at the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets site.