There are only a few months left until people are able to vote in the midterm elections of 2018 and End Citizens United is continuing to announce their support of candidates who strongly support campaign finance reform. After the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 in the case involving Citizens United and the Federal Election Commission, PAC’s were officially allowed to raise large amounts of money without having to disclose who was donating it to them. End Citizens United seeks to overturn this decision and make it so campaign financing is transparent and are seeking to reform campaign financing in a variety of different ways.
By being allowed to accept money without informing the public about where it came from, End Citizens United believes that candidates are more likely to act in the interests of the “Big Money” and corporations instead of the citizens of the US. End Citizens United raises money to support campaign reform through grassroots fundraising to support candidates who share their strong beliefs about campaign financing. While they may have only been established in 2015, they are quickly becoming a powerful player in politics. Instead of raising large amounts of money from a few donors, ECU has raised an average of just $14 from each of their more than 400,000 supporters. When it comes to the 2018 elections, they are expecting to raise more than $35 million.
There are only 6 members of the House of Representatives that refused to take any money from PAC’s, one of these being Beto O’Rourke. For 6 years, Beto O’Rourke held a seat in the 16th Congressional District of Texas and is currently looking to take Ted Cruz’ place in the Senate. Ted Cruz has been controlled by special interest groups and corporations for a long time, and End Citizens United believes that it is time to put a stop to it. He would like to make sure that big money loses a lot of their power that they have over politics and has voted for the amendment known as Democracy for All that seeks to overturn the Supreme Court Decision concerning Citizens United.