End Citizens United, a political action committee, interested in getting big money out of politics, are backing 16 democratic progressive candidates in the upcoming 2018 congressional races. Candidates they endorse support campaign finance reform, one of the biggest reform issues the committee is interested in changing at the legislative level. Candidates endorsed also reject corporate PAC campaign donations.
A few of the endorsed candidates include Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts for U.S. Senate, who has been a staunch supporter of getting money out of politics for some time. She also supports legislation to require mega-donors to disclose donations amounts. Also endorsed is Elijah Cummings of Maryland’s 7th district, a supporter of financial regulatory reform.
Challenger Randy Bryce, of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, also received ECU endorsement due to his progressive stance on a number of issues, as well as being a previous challenger to Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who recently announced he will not be an incumbent in this year’s congressional race. Bryce is a union iron worker and represents a number of Americans who feel the government isn’t working for them. He has been an outspoken supporter of reform within campaign finance.
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End Citizens United is also targeting “the big money 20,” to be replaced with progressive legislators. The big money 20 are a group of republican senators and congress who don’t support big money in politics and continue to accept donations from corporate PACS. They are also against campaign finance reform. A few of them are Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Representative Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania, and Representative Claudia Tenney of New York. The 20 have been called the “worst of the worst” by ECU President Tiffany Muller.
The group has also started a campaign PAC, that aims to donate to the campaigns of endorsed candidates. End Citizens United intend to raise $35 million. The mission of the group is to reform a rigged political system by electing progressive candidates that support legislative reform of campaign finance law. They also want to pass ballot measures, as well as overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, largely to blame for the level of money in politics. ECU grassroots organizing offices are located across the United States. They build a wide coalition of activists and supporters, and are working to pressure lawmakers regarding campaign finance and other issues they are concerned with. The group’s main goal is to keep big money from buying elections.