Published 5:26 p.m. ET April 23, 2018 | Updated 7:08 p.m. ET April 23, 2018
A new campaign political action committee aims to get ineffective incumbents out of office in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.
Fire Your Congressman is a nonpartisan campaign fundraising organization that wants to help elect new candidates that normally wouldn’t have a chance against powerful incumbents.
Founder Norbert Richter decided to start Fire Your Congressman after he considered running as a primary challenger against Rep.Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Richter said he found that the party inhibited challengers to the sitting representative by restricting fundraising opportunities and chances to engage with the incumbent in debates.
“A challenge to an incumbent is something very frowned upon and discouraged,” Richter said. “If both parties are discouraging involvement and primary challengers of the candidates… the representation starts to fail, and we’re witnessing that right now.”
Richter’s main goal, he said, is to bring accountability to Congress.
People can donate money to a “pool” that works against a specific member of Congress. You can also donate to a general fund that targets five Democrats and five Republicans that are determined to be the highest priority to fire, based on an algorithm. Read more here.