There are just six months left until voters make their choices in the 2018 midterm elections. End Citizens United has continued to endorse candidates who have announced they firmly support campaign finance reform efforts.
This organization was established in the wake of the ruinous 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United vs. FEC. They want to overturn this decision and put in place real campaign finance reform that will reign in the dark money being dumped into political campaigns by corporations.
A number of the candidates End Citizens United have endorsed are political newcomers seeking to replace Republican politicians currently in office. The pro-reform candidates they support are unfairly disadvantaged against their opponents who accept massive sums of corporate dark money and then support these corporations interests over that of their own constituents. However, candidates endorsed by End Citizens United have advantages as their endorsement leads to candidates picking up a lot of grassroots donations from regular people. They gain access to this organization’s vast national network of over 400,000 donors with the average donation being $14. Altogether around $35 million is expected to be raised from this network for the upcoming midterm elections.
End Citizens United has endorsed many candidates in high profile races. One of these is Beto O’Rourke who has represented the 16th Congressional District of Texas for the past six years. He is seeking to replace Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz has been owned by special interests and dark money since he first ran for the US Senate. Beto O’Rourke doesn’t accept dark money and also gave his support to legislation that was written to reduce the influence of this sort of money.
Randy Bryce is another Democratic candidate that End Citizens United has endorsed. He was running to replace the current Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Not too long ago, though, Paul Ryan announced he wasn’t seeking to be reelected and bowed out of the race, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Randy Brice is a former union ironworker as well as a veteran of the Army who has received huge small donor support. He had raised more than $1.75 million more than Paul Ryan and the average amount of money raised from each person is $25.