End Citizens United continues its onslaught against the representatives who are backed by dark money groups as the 2018 Congress election nears. The PAC that is known for its works for transparency in election finance declared that it would target 20 Republican candidates in 2018 Congress elections. Interestingly, ECU has named them as Big Money 20 – a group of 20 candidates to the Congress and all of them are from the Republican Party. End Citizens United confirmed that these representatives are infamous for giving special consideration to money groups over their electorates by accepting heavy donations and letting down the campaign finance reform efforts along with creating or backing legislation that favors big donors.
The Big Money 20 list contained Paul Ryan – the House Speaker, two Senators, and 17 House Representatives, who are worst among worst in Congress, according to Tiffany Muller, ECU’s Executive Director. Interestingly, End Citizens United has laid out plans to raise $35 million from grass root members to intensify its campaign before 2018 election. If the PAC could achieve the target, it would account $10 million more than $25 million accumulated during Presidential Election 2016. While coming to the list of Big Money 20 representatives, most of them are facing fierce competition this time. However, independent political analysts say that both Ryan and Cruz are found to be facing lesser threat this time.
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Interestingly, End Citizens United has restricted the contribution limit for individuals to $5,000 to align with its fight against big money morally. A vast majority of its small donations are coming from the enthusiastic three million members of the PAC in the grass root level. This type of raising of funds sends messages to people who aspire to change the system. A Pollster Al Quinlan survey showed that big money from dark groups in politics is a serious concern of independent voters. Interestingly, people are found to be more influenced by the campaign finance reform messages compared to conventional Democratic campaign messages. Muller confirmed that the ECU wants to deliver the same message in 2018 campaigns. She also added that the PAC is going to use all the resources.
End Citizens United was founded by a number of political activists in the year 2015 to counter the filthy effects of Citizens United 2010 verdict. The verdict of the Supreme Court was a major blow to the American election system as it allowed money groups to flow money into election campaigning, uncontrolled and unaccounted. The PAC wanted to override the consequences of the verdict by making legislation that ensures transparent and accounted election finance system. For that purpose, End Citizens United wants as many numbers of pro-reform candidates as possible being elected to both the houses in the upcoming elections.
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