The End Citizens United PAC has built a solid reputation among liberals, Democrats, independent voters, and Republicans for its aim of bringing an end to the damaging campaign finance rules which have caused a shift in the U.S. political establishment. Although End Citizens United understands the needs of special interest groups and political donors always played a key role in the shaping of U.S. politics the 2010 Citizens United decision has placed this in a sharper focus than ever before.
After being established in 2015, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller used the 2016 Presidential and national elections as a testing ground for the different messages the PAC could use in their quest to elect larger numbers of Democratic candidates to office. The campaign message which has registered most strongly with voters is that of election finance reform including the pledge made by candidates endorsed by End Citizens United not to accept funding from Super PACs and special interest groups; this message has recently been used in the Texas Senate election between incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
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Recent polls suggest O’Rourke remains something of an unknown quantity in Texas despite winning election to the House of Representatives for the El Paso region before standing in the 2018 Midterms against one of the best-known Republicans in office in 2018. In a recent End Citizens United poll, O’Rourke was just eight points behind Cruz after sitting at 18 points in arrears in late 2017; this is despite 61 percent of those polls stating they had little knowledge of the political views of the Democrat. After the views of Beto O’Rourke regarding his decision not to accept any campaign contributions from Super PACs and wealthy donors were explained, his polling figures leaped to two points ahead of Cruz by a full two polling points.
Beto O’Rourke has found a great level of success in his campaign when his views on bringing an end to the Citizens United decision have become known to a public now seeing the problems caused by this decision in the direction U.S. politics is taking in the 21st-century. In the latest quarter to be revealed the Democrat outperformed his Republican rival in terms of campaign contributions with $2.4 million in contributions received from grassroots donors compared to just $1.9 million raised by Senator Cruz. This success still leaves O’Rourke lagging behind Cruz who has more than $7 million in funds available compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million in total contributions by the end of 2017 which shows just how close the race may become as the Midterms draw closer.
Find more about End Citizens United: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/
“An Associated Press analysis of the special interests that visited Trump properties in the first year of his presidency found several instances that at least created the appearance of ‘pay for play.’” https://t.co/gyv4XRJffK
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) February 27, 2018