End Citizens United has grown from its establishment in 2015 into one of the largest and most important PACs in the U.S. in support of left-leaning candidates from the Democratic Party and independents. In the buildup to the Holiday Season of 2017, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller announced a list of 20 prominent Republicans her PAC would be targeting as part of the campaign for the 2018 Midterm Elections; End Citizens United placed House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the top of their list of targets for their willingness to accept funding from special interest groups in great amounts.
Since the announcement was made and End Citizens United has achieved major election success with victory in Alabama in the contentious election campaign featuring former Judge Roy Moore, a number of the “Big Money” have dropped out of the 2018 election race. The “Big Money 20” is now the “Big Money 15” as the challenge of facing left-leaning candidates who have pledged not to accept funding from special interest groups or major donors and instead operate their campaigns as grassroots-funded voter-led coalitions has led to five Republicans already dropping out of the race.
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The decision by Paul Ryan to retire from politics comes at a time when Democrats backed by End Citizens United have been performing well in the polls and leading the change taking place in Congress. End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller explained Ryan has been one of the major reasons behind the rising influence of so-called “mega-donors” who continue to wish for their own interests to be placed above those of the constituents of their own state and the wider American public.
Upon naming Paul Ryan to the “Big Money 20” list, Tiffany Muller revealed the House Speaker had been part of the Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC which has continued to develop with more than $8 million spent by this special interest group. President Tiffany Muller has spent the majority of her time looking to explain just why the people of the U.S. should be looking to create a better future by removing politicians such as Ryan who are more willing to accept the funding of the Koch Brothers than care for the needs of their constituents. Many believe, Paul Ryan has taken the decision to stand down from Congress in a bid to avoid the problems facing many candidates coming up against the might of End Citizens United.
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Former Marine and Democrat Conor Lamb is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 18th district against Republican candidate Rick Saccone, who describes himself as “Trump before Trump was Trump.” The two are vying for a seat that has traditionally been held by a Republican, often running unopposed by the Democratic party. A special election was triggered when Congressman Tim Murphy, a pro-life politician, stepped down amidst controversy that he had urged his mistress to get an abortion.
In spite of the uphill battle faced by Lamb, many Democrats are optimistic of his chances in the upcoming election. Although the district traditionally votes red, his opponent is known as a “right to work” candidate in an area with a strong labor union presence. Lamb’s supporters also point to his personal pro-life position as well as his support for the Second Amendment as strengths to win over conservative voters.
The political action committee End Citizens United has come out in support of Lamb, stating that he is “running for Congress to stand up for Pennsylvania families who have been ignored by the rigged system in Washington.” The PAC formed in March of 2015 following the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that political contributions by corporations were protected by free speech laws. Lamb supports the group’s message, vowing not to take political contributions from corporate funded PACs, and stating that, “our campaign finance system is part of the reason why [our system isn’t working]”.
End Citizens United describes itself as a committee built upon grassroots efforts, and they recently raised $600,000 for Doug Jones’ successful Senate race in the red state of Alabama as part of their mission to “end the unlimited and undisclosed money in politics.” Jones and Lamb fit into the organization’s mission statement, where they pledge to elect pro-finance reform candidates and ultimately overturn the Supreme Court decision.
Pennsylvania’s special election takes place on March 13th, and End Citizens United looks forward to a Democratic victory along with many more to come, as its website states that, “Republican leadership in Congress is standing squarely in the way of overturning this disastrous Supreme Court decision.”