End Citizens United is fighting hard to represent the fight against campaign finance abuses by getting candidates elected who believe in rejecting dark money and redirecting it away from Washington D.C. End Citizens United was created in 2015 to fight the Supreme Court decision that gave corporations free speech and unleashed billions of dollars almost exclusively funding republican candidates. What’s most remarkable about the Supreme Court decision is that it gave the reigns to the rich and basically denied the value of the individual’s vote. Now, corporations can influence the typical individual’s vote by bombarding them with false or misleading advertising, so they believe certain candidates are inept and ill-suited to run for office. Corporations have coffers burgeoning with money, so they can pour dollar after dollar behind their candidate of choice and the individual is unaware of the forces influencing their vote.
End Citizens United (ECU) specifically endorses pro-reform candidates and so far for the 2018 elections has raised at least $35 million through grass roots fund raising with donations from 400,000 Americans of as little as $14 each. While the dark money may be far greater, it doesn’t have the combination of good candidates, ideas worth fighting for and hard working door-to-door campaign workers. End Citizens United has and is currently backing several hard working candidates that believe strongly in campaign finance reform. One such candidate is Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Representative of the 16th congressional district who is running against Ted Cruz for Senator this year. Ted Cruz is known for his big money backers and his positive standing with the NRA.
Beto O’Rourke wants to reduce the power big money currently exercises in our democracy and he’s one of the congressional members who voted for the amendment Democracy for All, which effectively reverses the Citizens United decision. Randy Bryce is seeking to take over Paul Ryan’s senate seat in Wisconsin, Jacky Rosen is running against Dean Heller in Nevada’s senate race, Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA agent is running against incumbent Representative Mike Bishop. Brendan Kelly is running for congress in Illinois and Andy Kim is vying to represent New Jersey. All are being backed by the ECU because of their contribution to the fight to return politics to control by the people.