End Citizens United is a national organization whose mission is to get money out of politics. Founded in 2015 as a response to the controversial Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, the group believes that the lack of campaign finance regulations in the United States is a threat to democratic government in the nation. In the 2018 midterms, End Citizen United’s mission is to raise $35 million for candidates who support campaign finance reform.
Citizens United is encouraged by the success of the Democratic Party so far in this election cycle. A recent poll conducted by the group shows that Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging incumbent and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in this year’s Texas Senate race, is closing in on his opponent. O’Rourke is one of 140 House and Senate candidates who have pledged to reject corporate contributions this year. Read more about End Citizen United at Wikipedia.
Ironically, Beto O’Rourke’s rejection of corporate PAC contributions has enabled the newcomer to raise huge amounts of individual donations. In fact, O’Rourke managed to raise $2.4 million for his campaign during the last quarter of 2017, beating Cruz. However, despite this impressive showing, Cruz has been able to raise more money overall due to his acceptance of PAC funds. End Citizens United wants to reduce this disparity by harnessing the power of small individual donations.
Although Texas is well-known to be a “Red State,” Democratic candidates have been gaining more traction in recent years. The University of Texas conducted a poll in June, which showed Cruz with just a five point lead. Although pundits are still predicting a Cruz win, End Citizens United is optimistic. The group is hopeful that as voters get to know O’Rourke better, he will have a chance to narrow the gap even more. It is the hope of End Citizens United that success this cycle will lead to even greater victories in the future.
#OH12 should have been an easy win for Troy Balderson. Trump won the district by 11 points!
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) August 4, 2018