End Citizens United Will Work Hard To Send Four California Republicans Packing In 2018 Midterm Elections
An aggressive new political action committee would dearly like to send packing four Republican incumbent California members of Congress in 2018. Achieving this would be another step in reversing a Supreme Court decision that has wreaked havoc on the American political system.
The California four are Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista).
The new PAC is End Citizens United, a group formed in 2015 to counter a 2010 Supreme Court decision that unleashed unlimited amounts of dark money into U.S. elections, including shiploads of cash from multi-national corporations and greedy billionaires who believe their money allows them to seed government with personal puppets.
Since the conservative-controlled Supreme Court decided that “corporations are people” and that “money is free speech,” a dire situation of illicit campaign contributions has eroded the very idea of American democracy as intended by our Founding Fathers.
End Citizens United began operations in 2015 using a grassroots model to raise $25 million for the 2016 election cycle. It appealed to ordinary American citizens, millions of whom feel they’re increasingly being cut-off from their right to select leaders of their choice.
In quick fashion, hundreds of thousands of citizens made donations that averaged just $14 each. After hauling in $25 million for 2016, End Citizens United is expected to pull and astounding $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The robust response to the stated goal of ECU – ultimately overturning the 2010 Supreme Court decision – has obviously struck a chord.
ECU Executive Director Tiffany Muller said the four California Congresspersons are part of a group her organization calls the “Big Money 20.” These Senators and Representatives have demonstrated egregious and unscrupulous behavior in accepting campaign cash from corporations and billionaires — and then shaping U.S. policy accordingly as payback for financial campaign support, Muller said.
Muller also noted that Rep. Duncan Hunter is currently under investigation for questionable use of campaign funds. And Rep. Darrell Issa’s campaign coffers are bloated with cash courtesy of the telecom industry. Muller thinks it’s high-time the American electorate takes action and wrestles back power from Big Money interests to elect Congressional legislators who will serve the needs of average Americans.
End Citizens United would dearly love to flip the U.S. House from Republican control to Democrat control in the 2018 midterms. Getting rid of the four California Republicans – which ECU believes are particularly vulnerable – will be a big part of the effort.
Until Democrats can take control of at least one House of Congress, efforts to undue the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling will be stalled – because Republicans tend to benefit more from the influence of corporate cash.
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