End Citizens United is a political action committee that was founded in reaction to the Citizens United verdict by the United States Supreme Court. In that decision, the Supreme Court essentially abolished many of the campaign finance reform laws that had been passed in the previous few years. The decision allowed virtually unlimited amounts of money into the campaign process.
End Citizens United was created to support candidates who would work to end campaign finance abuses. The goal of the organization is to ultimately see the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision reversed.
Each year, ECU backs a number of candidates who are in agreement with their basic campaign finance reform agenda. The group goes after seats held by those who they deem to be major opponents of campaign finance reform.
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This year, ECU is backing Congressman Beto O’Rourke in his efforts to unseat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz has been identified as one of End Citizens United’s main opponents.
Ted Cruz has a lot of name recognition in the state of Texas. He has been elected in the past by comfortable margins, and he gained a national reputation when he ran for the presidency in 2016.
Beto O’Rourke is not so well known. He represents a district in El Paso, TX. He has been trying to gain more recognition by visiting every county within the state of Texas.
Mr. O’Rourke received the End Citizens United endorsement because of his commitment to campaign reform. He wants to get dirty money out of politics so that the average citizen has a greater voice in government.
Recently, Mr. O’Rourke also received the endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters. This endorsement and the endorsement from End Citizens United has helped Beto to climb in the polls.
A recent poll that was conducted showed that Congressman O’Rourke was trailing Senator Cruz by a margin of 45 to 37. While still a few percentage points behind the senator, Beto is gaining ground. At the same time, he is gaining recognition for the cause of End Citizens United and those who favor the group’s work.
.@GovernorBullock just filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s new dark money rule which would allow special interests to no longer have to disclose their bankrollers. https://t.co/PCnMLetH3T
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) July 24, 2018