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End Citizens United Adding Momentum To O’Rourke Campaign

In a sign of true desperation, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has called in his once bitter enemy President Trump to conduct one of his infamous rallies in support of the Cruz campaign against the surging Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

Political observers nationwide initially considered the Senate seat held by Cruz to be among the safest bets for Republicans in the nation. After all, elected Democrats in the Lone Star State are about as rare as polar bears there.

But all the polls show the race is dead-solid even. The momentum is clearly behind O’Rourke. Furthermore, the Congressman has been endorsed by End Citizens United, a political action committee that is backing candidates who are fierce supporters of campaign finance reform.

Beto O’Rourke is accepting no corporate cash, big money donations from billionaires or support from Super PACS. He’s funding his effort in the same way that End Citizens United raises its cash — with hundreds of thousands of small donation from individual American citizens.

Related: Beto O’Rourke Earns the Support of End Citizens United

End Citizens United has managed to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm election cycle. The average donation to the group is just $14. The whole idea of End Citizens United is to end the corrupting practice of major corporations and other mega-money influences from “buying’ political candidates in America.

End Citizens united was founded in 2015. It is headquartered in Washington D.C. and led by CEO Tiffany Muller. Its goal is to overturn the Citizens United ruling issued by the Supreme Court in 2010. That was the decision that determined that “corporations are people” and the “money equals free speech.”

Since the 2010 Citizens United ruling, massive amounts of dark money has been greasing the wheels of greedy politicians willing to do anything to get elected.

Placing candidates like Beto o’Rourke into high office is a first step toward getting a grip on a campaign finance system that is badly broken. ECU would like to flip both Houses of Congress from red to blue in November. Sending O’Rourke from the House of Representatives to the Senate would be a significant step forward.

Visit: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/