In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling that changed the political landscape within the United States. The case was called Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission. The justices voted by a 5 to 4 margin to overturn years of campaign finance reform legislation opening the door to dark money and more overall money coming into political campaigns.
Many people were shocked by the Supreme Court’s ruling. In 2015, a group calling itself End Citizens United formed to work for change in the campaign finance system. The group’s ultimate goal is to see a reversal of the Citizens United decision. While they are working for that to take place, End Citizens United is working to pass campaign finance reform and to support political candidates who are committed to getting dark money and big money out of politics once and for all.
One of the ways that End Citizens United uses to bring about its desired goals is to endorse candidates for public office who are sympathetic to their agenda. In 2016, the group endorsed a number of candidates, and they openly contributed to campaigns for those candidates who supported the reform agenda.
This year, End Citizens United is making more endorsements for the critical 2018 mid-terms. One of the candidates that ECU is supporting most wholeheartedly is Beto O’Rourke. Mr. O’Rourke is running for the United States Senate in order to defeat the incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz is ECUs number one target in the Senate as they believe that he has hindered campaign finance reform at every turn.
Another candidate that ECU is endorsing is Andy Kim who is running for the House of Representatives in the state of New Jersey. Mr. Kim is trying to win the seat in the Third District from the incumbent Tom MacArthur.
These are just a few of the candidates being endorsed by End Citizens United. The group has a list of the 30 elected officials that they most want to unseat, and they are making endorsements in each of those important races.