Fire Your Congressman: This PAC wants to help you ‘fire’ your member of Congress

Fire Your Congressman: This PAC wants to help you ‘fire’ your member of Congress

By | 2018-05-11T14:08:38+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Articles, Politics|

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.

About the Author:

Fire Your Congressman (FYC) provides voters with the ability to unseat congressional incumbents and elect qualified challengers. Both the DNC and the RNC actively obstruct challengers by inhibiting fundraising, withholding voter lists, personnel and data. This results in protected incumbents that easily win re-election, regardless of job performance.