As the mid-term elections move ever forward things are looking good for Democrats. So far thirty-four contested seats have been surrendered by Republicans, and the left is looking to gain even more. This is good news for grassroots PAC End Citizens United. The campaign-reform PAC formed in 2015, has been fighting the good fight against big money. Earlier this year they released their list of endorsed pro-reform candidates and many are doing well. Top of the list is Texas senatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke is looking to unseat Ted Cruz who is fading down the stretch. Recent polls released by End Citizens United shows O’Rourke closing in on Cruz do to Cruz’s recent unpopularity.
In Wisconsin, senate hopeful Randy Bryce already has a promising start as Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election. Bryce is a strong choice for replacement, and has already garnered good support. His seat would be a legitimate upset for the right. Both Bryce and O’Rourke have managed to raise a considerable sum of money for their individual campaigns, and all without using big money PAC’s to do it. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) September 2, 2018
End Citizens United was formed as a direct response to the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC ruling. The ruling mandated that corporations be considered individuals, affording them freedom of speech rights under the constitution. This gives big business unrestricted ability to finance election campaigns. For many, most falling on the left, this bodes ill for minor and major elections. This means that campaigns can be bought, giving corporations direct lines to legislation. Many PAC’s have fought against this, chief amongst them being End Citizens United.
ECU is dedicated to revoking the Supreme Court decision by using legislation to undercut it. For this purpose, they advocate for pro-reform candidates, keep the reform subject in the national spectrum, and push for pro-reform legislation. Their goal is getting enough reform candidates seated, that legitimate legislation restricting big money PACs is passed. They will keep fighting until its done, and as the mid-terms continue ECU focus is unwavering. Although they are gaining ground, there is still a lot of road left to cover.