End Citizens United is Influencing Mid-Term Candidates
One of the fundraising strategies of the Democratic candidates this midtem election period is to stop accepting political action committee money and to focus on getting money from the grassroots.
Most grassroots people give only $250 to candidates.
This strategy shows the influence of End Citizens United group on the candidates. This group came to into existence after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can give as much as they want to candidates. The court ruled in favor of a fundraising group called Citizens United.
This strategy advocated by End Citizens United group has become a more popular strategy for candidates. This strategy started in national campaigns and has moved to local state-wide races. Howard Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, was the first to show that you could get a lot of donations from the Internet. The Barack Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012 continued this form of fundraising as well as the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. View the group’s profile on Politifact.com.
The 2018 Beto O’Rourke campaign in Texas continues the End Citizens United form of fundraising. During his campaigning, Beto O’Rourke has been able to raise $38 million from about 800,000 contributions and none of the money comes from PAC people. He has raised so much money that he could set a fundraising record for a campaign quarter. This reinforces this strategy that state-wide candidates can run a winning campaign without having to resort to using PAC money.
Other Democratic candidates have seen the influence of End Citizens United (ECU).. They are increasingly not accepting money from corporate PACs. They are not accepting union PACs as well. They just rely on the sophistication of the big grassroots groups to get their money.
What has helped the ECU strategy is that voters have begun to realize that special interest groups have too much influence on American politics. The campaign donations from corporations and unions have too much influence on what candidates do when they get elected. They seem to do more what corporations want instead of what the voters want.