End Citizens United Is A Different Kind Of PAC Seeking Campaign Finance Reform
The number of candidates running for Congress in the 2018 midterm election who have pledged to take no PAC money or big money from corporations are not many — but they are a significant and growing wave that may be critical to the future of America.
Getting these candidates elected is the driving goal of a grassroots political group that has vowed to reform the badly broken U.S. campaign finance system. End Citizens United was formed in 2015. It’s a different kind of PAC — one that rejects major donations from cash-bloated corporations or greedy billionaires.
End Citizens United has identified key candidates who support the mission of getting Big Money and Dark Money out of politics. The group has raised $35 million in small donations (average just $14 each) from individual American citizens. It uses that money to financially bolster the campaigns of candidates they endorse.
One of those endorsements includes Andy Kim who is running for Congress in new Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Kim is a Rhodes Scholar and former diplomat under the Obama Administration. He holds a doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University. He was born and raised in New Jersey.
Kim has sworn off taking any big donations from PACs or any other special interests. Campaign finance reform is a central element of his political motivation for seeking a seat in Congress.
Another significant End Citizens United endorsement is for former CIA agent Elissa Slotkin. She’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District. She is facing off against incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop. Bishop has been named to End Citizen United’s infamous “Big Money 20” list — politicians who have displayed the most egregious history of flouting campaign finance rules and taking big cash in exchange for influence.
A race with huge national implications is that for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, currently held by Sen. Ted Cruz, also one of the Big Money 20.
Running against Cruz is Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat currently serving as Congressman for the Texas 16th District. O’Rourke has a sterling record of running clean campaigns free of corporate cash and other interests. Sen. Cruz, on the other hand, is so connected with wealthy corporations and special interest groups, such as the NRA, it’s difficult to know who he truly represents.
End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of other candidates in races across the nation. Who they have endorsed and the Big Money 20 list are posted on their website, http://endcitizensunited.org.