As the calendar moves closer to the warm summer months, the United States congressional races ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, are already heating up. End Citizens United is a progressive based support system for candidates that are either walking away from corporately slanted funding, or at the very least advocating for campaign finance reform.
The Washington D.C. based organization is now in its third year, formed to endorse candidates who reject special interest group manipulation of legislators. End Citizens United takes its name as a counterpunch against Citizens United. The organization blossomed as a result of a single court ruling in 2010.
Supporters contend that the Citizens United vs. FEC decision was wrong, and opened the floodgates of what they refer to as dark money to flood unbridled into the nation’s political process. ECU president Tiffany Muller and supporters believe that too many politicians accept massive campaign donations from the nefarious sources.
Because of the influence of this funding, they end up legislating with an allegiance to these massive interest groups instead of in the best interest of the local constituents. The progressive organization believes it to be at the core of corrupt politics in Washington D.C. and is fighting to push candidates who denounce the old ways into office.
One of their most visible candidates, Beto O’Rourke is beginning to make headway against former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Texas. O’Rourke has served six years representing the 16th congressional district in Texas and has his eyes on the state’s senatorial seat come November.
Another big target for the campaign reform march is aimed at soon-to-retire Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Randy Bryce is now trying to accomplish what many felt was impossible. Bryce, a former military veteran and ironworker, has outraised his competition by nearly $2 million just in the first quarter of 2018.
Collectively, ECU hopes to generate over $35 million for candidates they endorse. All of his funding has come even though he has denounced any stream of donations from special interest groups. There target is what they call the “Big Money 20“, deemed the biggest abusers of special interest campaign contributions.
Early last month the door for Bryce swung wide open with Ryan’s announcement he would not be seeking reelection. The objective of the Democratic Party is to ride a blue wave into November in an attempt to secure control of both houses of Congress.
While wave of Democratic congressional control is also the goal of every End Citizens United supporter, they want that wave to be devoid of the campaign money they deem compromises elected officials’ ability to legislate with integrity. End Citizens United is working to propel the blue wave, but without the need for dark money contributions.
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