The state of politics in America is abysmal thanks to the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. FEC. Since then, we have seen more dark money pour into American politics than ever before. That’s thanks to corporate super PACs funding their own interests and promising a green-lined pocket to any politician that is willing to play ball.
End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that is dedicated to ending the careers of politicians who choose to support big moneyed interests over those they are elected to support. The Big Money 20 is a hit list of Republican politicians that have knowingly accepted large corporate PAC donations and have knowingly supported legislation to allow even more corporate donations.
One of the prime targets on the list is Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, who accepted more than $3 million in outside spending during his election bid of 2012. Cruz even went so far as to introduce a new bill that would allow corporate interests and mega-donors to contribute an unlimited amount of money directly to candidates seeking re-election. He’s been very brazen in how much he believes that money should equal speech and he believes any effort at campaign finance reform is an effort to silence citizens.
That’s why End Citizens United has endorsed Beto O’Rourke, who is Cruz’s Democratic challenger in the 2018 elections. Many people have downplayed O’Rourke’s chances of unseating Cruz since Texas hasn’t sent a Democrat to one of its Senate seats since 1988. However, O’Rourke’s commitment to campaign finance reform and his refusal to accept corporate money has made him a favorite with Texans who are tired of the same Republican representation they’ve had for years.
In fact, there’s at least one Democrat challenging a Republican in all 36 congressional races during this year’s midterm elections. Most of those challenges will be an uphill battle, but with help from grassroots organizations like End Citizens United, it’s possible for the people to take Texas back from those who think more money = more speech. End Citizens United was founded in 2015 and is hoping to raise more than $35 million dollars during the 2018 midterm elections to support candidates like O’Rourke.
It’s entirely possible to change the way politicians are funded, but the first step is voting for those politicians who support campaign finance reform and more transparency in election funding. End Citizens United continues to endorse Democratic candidates that refuse to accept donations from corporate PACs and promotes the idea that every single citizen’s voice matters, no matter how much money you have. The average donation to the organization during the 2016 election was just $14. E Pluribus Unum, from many one. That’s the way America should be and that’s what End Citizens United hopes to achieve.