Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. allowing corporations, labor unions, and other associations the same rights under the first amendment as private citizens, the entire field of political finance has been thrown on its head. Now, through untracked and unchecked Political Action Committees large corporations and the billionaires who profit from them can dole out unlimited amounts of money straight into the pockets of any politician willing to do their bidding. The unfair advantage of the ultra-rich being able to hold political influence over the rest of the citizens is a direct blow to the heart of what democracy is supposed to stand for in the United States.
This is where End Citizens United comes in. Started in 2015, this Political Action Committee is on a mission to reverse this democracy-killing court decision and get big money out of politics. They rely solely on grassroots donations from United States citizens to elect pro-reform candidates who will work to reform the campaign finance structure in America. Current projections for the 2018 midterm elections place these donations at $35 million! Americans are tired of corporations telling politicians how to vote and want their congressmen representing them again.
End Citizens United has put together the “Big Money 20” list of politicians who are known to serve the needs of special interests groups over those of their constituents. These special interests represent big tobacco, Wall Street, big oil, pharmaceutical companies, and others who fill the coffers of any politician they can to gain influence and increase profits. They are the reason why we need real campaign finance reform in America.
Probably the most known offender on the Big Money 20 is “Lying” Ted Cruz. When it comes to choosing big money donors over the constituency, Cruz is at the top of the heap. He has consistently been an advocate of money in politics whether it is opposing common sense campaign finance reform, accepting contributions from more than 8 super PACs during his presidential run, or voting to cut taxes for the rich, Cruz flaunts his love for big money in politics and even thinks “money absolutely can be speech.”
To battle against this blatant special interest pandering, End Citizens United is proudly endorsing Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. Beto is a Texas native who, after finding success co-founding a software business, transitioned into politics representing Texas’ 16th congressional district in 2012. In the 2016 elections, Beto put his money where his mouth is by being just one of six House members to refuse PAC donation money. He has been a staunch supporter of campaign finance reform, including co-sponsoring the “Democracy for All Amendment” that would overturn the Citizens United decision. Beto is a candidate who represents all Texans.