End Citizens United: Restoring The Voice Of America’s Voters
Since the disastrous Citizens United v FEC decision, corporations and special interests have dominated Washington. As evidenced by the voting records of the “Big Money 20,” dark money and special interests have taken priority over the needs of their constituency. With powerful donors backing certain political candidates, those that do not align themselves with corporate sponsors are at a distinct disadvantage. End Citizens United (ECU) continues to stick to its core missions: restoring the voice of the American voter through initiatives that drive big money and special interests out of politics; backing pro-reform candidates, and overturning Citizens United.
ECU raises funds for ballot initiatives and pro-reform candidates through grassroots efforts. Because End Citizens United operates as a PAC it cannot accept donations in excess of $5000 and most of its donations from just hundreds of thousands of small-dollar supporters. For the 2018 midterms, ECU hopes to raise and spend $35 million dollars to help support the dozens of candidates that ECU has officially endorsed — including incumbents like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
ECU has also endorsed dozens of candidates who will be challenging Republican incumbents in many critical districts, including:
Max Rose: candidate for New York’s 11th Congressional District. A Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, he is also a champion of campaign finance reform.
Jacky Rosen: candidate for U.S. Senate for Nevada. Jacky co-sponsored the 2017 DISCLOSE Act, which seeks to increase transparency in campaign spending.
Beto O’Rourke: candidate for U.S. Senate for Texas and challenger for Ted Cruz’ seat. Beto leads by example by being one of only six House members to refuse money from PACs. He also co-sponsored the “Democracy for All Amendment” that would overturn Citizens United.
Jon Tester: candidate for U.S. Senate for Montana. Jon opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the supreme court, has introduced bills in the Senate to increase transparency in elections, and introduced a constitutional amendment to put an end to Citizens United.
With the backing and support of End Citizens United these candidates — along with dozens of others — represent the country’s best prospects of taking control of Washington back from corporations and special interests, and putting it back in the hands of the American people.
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