End Citizens United has set up big plans for the 2018 mid-term elections. First, it plans to endorse a full slate of Democrat candidates who have pledged to refuse corporate PAC money for their campaigns. Second, ECU has also identified the 20 current U.S. representatives and senators who are most infamous for accepting corporate funding.
Goals of the Organization
End Citizens United has one goal: To get corporate money out of politics. In 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that corporate money can be allowed into PAC funding. Ever since that ruling, End Citizens United has been working to reduce the influence of corporate money in our elections. It is also working toward having this SCOTUS ruling overturned by a subsequent court.
SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that the government’s restrictions on political spending by corporations and unions was unconstitutional (the infamous “corporations are people” ruling). Since that ruling, “independent” organizations and companies have been free to donate as much money as they pleased.
The Big Money 20
End Citizens United has tagged the top 20 worst Congresspeople “The Big Money 20,” because of how much money they have accepted from special interests. Often, the members of the Big Money 20 have written or supported bills that benefitted their donors. The members of this group include Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Mimi Walters, Senator Dean Heller, Rep. Claudia Tenney, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Peter Roskam, Rep. Mike Bishop, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. Rob Pittenger, Rep. Mike Bost, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Ryan Costello, Rep. Tom MacArthur, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Duncan Hunter and Rep. Will Hurd.
Candidates Being Endorsed
For the 2018 mid-term elections, End Citizens United has decided to endorse the following candidates: Lauren Baer, Florida, Liz Watson, Indiana, Matt Morgan, Michigan, Kathy Manning, North Carolina, Tom Malinowski, New Jersey, Rick Neal, Ohio and Gary Trauner, Wyoming.
Each of these candidates has rejected PAC donations, relying completely on grassroots funding and small donations in their districts from the voters who are supporting them. An overwhelming majority of Americans don’t think government is working for them.
Other candidates, such as Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andy Kim, Jason Crow, Elissa Slotkin and Beto O’Rourke have all pledged that they will reject corporate PAC funding as well. These candidates have all heard that 62 percent of American voters don’t like the “Citizens United” Supreme Court ruling.