Money has always had a role in politics, but a disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United has made it possible for Big Money donors and corporate interests to buy increasingly more influence by electing politicians who accept their money and refuse to re-visit the issue of campaign finance reform. We need more transparency during our election campaigns so we can be sure that our representatives are there for us.
That’s where End Citizens United comes into play. This political action committee was formed back in 2015 to combat Big Money’s interests in the 2016 election. Tiffany Muller championed the PAC into what it is today, an organization of over 3 million members across the country and a selection of candidates that have promised to revisit campaign finance reform when in office and have refused to accept money from corporate PACs.
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This grassroots effort raised more than $25 million dollars during the 2016 elections and with help from citizens like you, End Citizens United will continue to fund candidates like Beto O’Rourke and Conor Lamb to properly challenge Republicans who have stopped caring about their constituents and now only care to line their pockets.
End Citizens United has been at the forefront of fighting those Republicans who oppose campaign finance reform by backing Democratic challengers in contentious races that were previously thought to be unwindable. The PAC is planning the same strategy for the 2018 midterm elections, where the Doug Jones victory in Alabama and the Conor Lamb victory in Pennsylvania prove that Beto O’Rourke and other progressive Democrats have a chance at gaining a foothold in once strong Republican country.
End Citizens United has dedicated its time and efforts to highlighting just how hypocritical some of our representatives in Congress have been by putting them on the Big Money 20 list. This is a list of 20 Republicans who have accepted money from corporate super PACs and mega-donors and fight for their interests over those they represent. The list is an attempt to showcase just how far Republicans have strayed from being the party of fiscal conservatives when it suits them.
Curious if your representative is on the list? Some of the biggest names include Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and Dana Rohrabacher but you can see the full list of representatives here. For the first time in 35 years there’s no Republican running unopposed in his or her district, so now is the time for grassroots efforts to push for the change we want to see by voting and supporting candidates that will help tackle campaign finance reform as one of their key issues.