Many Democratic candidates this election cycle are refusing to take money from political action committees that are funded by corporations. They will instead only rely on grassroots supporters to fund their campaigns for office. They want to show voters that they don’t owe corporations anything and aim to keep it that way.
This pledge is mostly symbolic, the political action committee End Citizens United has said, but it’ still important. Most nonincumbents don’t receive this sort of money anyway and if they do it’s just a small amount of what they raise. Nonetheless, voters will be hearing more Democrats running for office refusing corporate money not just in this election but also in the 2020 presidential elections.
In all, End Citizens United says that 185 Democratic candidates have stated that they won’t accept any corporate PAC money. This is a Washington D.C-based PAC that is focused on campaign finance reform. They got their name from the infamous Supreme Court ruling that resulted in corporations flooding the political system with money to buy votes. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase.
So far, of these 185 candidates, 85 have won their primaries. Some of them have come to national prominences such as Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Randy Bryce in Wisconsin, and New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who are all running for Congress. On the Senate side the people that have made this pledge are Cory Book, Sheldon Whitehouse, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The team at End Citizens United has said that voters across the nation sense that Washington is completely dysfunctional anymore. It’s for this reason that Democrats running for office are tapping into this sense and the anger that Washington only serves corporate interests with Republican in power in Congress, the Senate, and the Presidency.
End Citizens United is an ideological type of PAC. There are also labor PACS and corporate PACS. Any of these three types of organizations can give up to $5,000 to a candidate. There are also super PACS who are the ones that raise money from corporations and wealthy people and can spend as much as they want but are prohibited from providing funds directly to a candidate.