A recent article from Chronicleweek.com dated September 7,2018, highlights how the political action group known as “End Citizens United” is involved in endorsing candidates for the crucial upcoming midterm elections in November. End Citizens United is a group that began in March, 2015 in Washington, DC with a mission as a Political Action Committee funded by grassroots donors. It is a group dedicated to countering the “disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system.” The Group has over 340,000 followers on Facebook and has been working to make campaign finance reform transparent and have less of an impact on elections. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
The article states that End Citizens United strong opposes Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Kavanaugh is a threat to the rights and well being of millions of Americans. Kavanaugh will side with the extreme wing of the Supreme Court and further rig the system in favor of corporate special interests and mega-donors with radical agendas. Everyday Americans will pay the price.”
ECU has a long history of opposing Supreme Court Justice nominees as they feel the current campaign finance policies are of no benefit to Americans. They aren’t transparent and have “bought and paid for” many of those who serve or who served in the House and Senate. End Citizens United has over 400,000 supporters and hopes to raise close to $35 million dollars for the upcoming election cycle. ECU is supporting dozens of Democratic candidates to challenge Republican incumbents in key battleground races that will decide the balance of power in the House and Senate.
A few key candidates that ECU supports is Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Ted Cruz in Texas. Also, supporting Randy Bryce and his campaign against Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, in Wisconsin. This upcoming election will certainly be one of the most crucial in our lifetime and determine the balance of power in the House and Senate in just a few short weeks to come.
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.
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.