Media pundits, political analysts and even academics are growing bolder every day in their prediction of a coming “Blue Wave” this November – an expected sweeping victory by hundreds of political candidates at all levels of public office running as Democrats.
But that doesn’t mean some advocacy groups are taking anything for granted. Take the political action committee End Citizens United, for example. This recently formed PAC is on the ground, working hard and using a grassroots model to raise millions of dollars to help more Democrats get elected this November.
End Citizens United was formed in March 2015 with the central purpose of taking back the U.S. elections system for average American voters – and they want to do that by getting “Big Money” and “Dark Money” out of the American political system.
It was a disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision – known as Citizens United – that opened the floodgates for unsavory, nefarious and greedy special interests to donate as much money as they wanted to a candidate of their choice. Those candidates tend to be extreme right wingers running as Republicans.
When they get into office, they spend far more time cow-towing to the interests of giant corporations and egotistical billionaires that they do the average voter.
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End Citizens United has identified what it calls the “Big Money 20” – twenty U.S. Senators and Representatives in the House which ECU says are among the worst offenders in taking cash from the likes of the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street behemoths and environmental polluters like Monsanto and Koch Industries.
Among the Top Money 20 are Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, Rep. Mimi Walters of California and Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado.
End Citizens United President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller called these and the rest of the Big Money 20, “among the most egregious offenders” when it comes to pocketing special interest money and ignoring the plight of ordinary citizens.
End Citizens United is expecting to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterms. They intend to use that money to knock-off GOP mainstays such as Cruz and Heller – and the rest on the Big Money 20 list.
It’s significant to note that End Citizens United only accepts small donations from ordinary people – in fact, the millions it has raised has been accomplished with an average $14 donation per person – truly a grassroots effort that shows the power of the people. It’s a demonstration of what can be accomplished when political activity is done the way it was intended to be done in America.