The 2018 midterm elections are looming closer than ever on the horizon for candidates, voters, and financial donors with the End Citizens United PAC already naming their list of potential targets from incumbent Republicans. End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller shocked many in the political world by stating her traditional PAC would be targeting the Senate seats of former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan and appear to be making great inroads into the majority held by Cruz for his Texas seat with the latest End Citizens United poll placing Democrat Beto O’Rourke just eight points behind the incumbent Republican as the Midterms draw closer.
The continued rise of Beto O’Rourke in the Midterm polls has come despite End Citizens United discovering the platforms on which the candidate is running are largely unknown to many Texan voters who are more familiar with the political views of Cruz. The former Presidential candidate may still be leading in the polls but his Democrat rival hopes a 61 percent disapproval rating will aid his course to election victory after a series of missteps from Ted Cruz resulted in him seeing his approval rating tumble over the course of the last few months.
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End Citizens United operates as a traditional PAC limiting the donations of its supporters to just $5,000 which allows it to remain free of the interference many major billionaire donors now bring to the groups they support. By restricting the level of support offered by donors the political influence is limited and the focus of End Citizens United can remain independent; major liberal donor, George Soros has contributed to the End Citizens united cause but his $5,000 donation does not allow him any more right to direct the future of the PAC than any other donor is afforded.
Beto O’Rourke is a thoroughly modern candidate who has become a favorite among young Democrat’s for his willingness to use social media to build the support he is seeing growth across the state. End Citizens United has seen its average donations grow over the course of its life from 2015 onwards to see an average donation of just $14; O’Rourke himself is only accepting grassroots donations but has managed to raise an impressive $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2014 while his fellow candidate managed just $1.9 million in the same timeframe.
Ted Cruz remains the favorite to win reelection but as the Alabama victory of Doug Jones proved, the power of End Citizens United is growing and will no doubt play a major role in the upcoming Midterms as November draws closer and most races tighten.