In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Citizens United group to allow corporations to be classed as individuals protected by the Constitution. In making the controversial decision, the Supreme Court smashed down many of the election finance regulations in place for decades. The birth of End Citizens United came about in 2015 when those frustrated by the influx of “dark money” into American politics looked to fight back by fighting to elect candidates friendly to reversing the Citizens United decision. The group’s financial information is available on OpenSecrets.Org.
End Citizens United operates as a traditional PAC, limiting members to donations of just $5,000 per election cycle. By limiting the influx of money into the PAC, ECU President Tiffany Muller believes the organization can remain free from the political interference she believes is chipping away at the democratic process. Supporting candidates who are looking to take the seats of those known for accepting funding from special interest groups is one of the main areas being explored by End Citizens United as we move towards the 2018 Midterm elections.
One of the candidates who agreed to the pledge of End Citizens United not to accept special interest group funding was Texas Congressional Representative Beto O’Rourke. The Democrat has taken on one of the most difficult election battles of 2018 in attempting to overcome the special interest juggernaut that is Senator Ted Cruz. At the outset of the 2018 election campaign, Cruz seemed to be walking to victory with polls placing the lead of the incumbent Senator in the range of 14 to 18 points. By the middle of July 2018, the lead had been cut in many polls to just five points as Beto O’Rourke toured every county in Texas.
The liberal platform Beto O’Rourke is campaigning in is touching a nerve with many voters, but his insistence on fighting for election finance reform is adding to his growing levels of support. As Beto O’Rourke builds his platform of integrity and respect, Senator Cruz is seen by 38 percent of voters in a favorable light and 49 unfavorable which shows the use of special interest money is taking precedence for the former Presidential candidate. Visit their page on Facebook.