Twenty Republican members of Congress now have a special target on their backs heading into the 2018 midterm election – placed there by a progressive political action committee (PAC) on a mission to rid both the U.S. Senate and House of money-grubbing politicians.
The PAC is called End Citizens United, a group formed in 2015 with the goal of getting big money out of the American election system, especially those huge donations of “dark money” from mega-corporations and self-serving billionaires.
End Citizen United calls them the “Big Money 20” – a list of politicians they say are the most egregious lap dogs for fat-cat special interests who want politicians kept firmly in their pockets.
Only two Senators made the list: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Dean Heller of Utah. End Citizen’s United executive director Tiffany Muller said Cruz and Heller are among the “worst of the worst.”
Also on Muller’s naughty list are 18 members of the U.S. House which round out the Big Money 20. On this roster are such powerful figures as California’s U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and the notoriously Russian-friendly Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also made the list as did Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota. Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey made the Big Money 20 as did Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan.
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End Citizens United says it will reach a target or raising $35 million for the 2018 election cycle, money it will use to create specific ads which inform voters about who is being “bought-and-paid-for” by super-wealthy special interests.
End Citizens United takes its name from a 2010 Supreme Court Decision which came to be known as the Citizens United ruling. The action basically opened the floodgates allowing unlimited cash contributions from corporations to candidates. The Supreme Court also decided that corporations are the equivalent of “people.” What’s worse, big corporations can keep their contributions largely secret – hence, “dark money” that could be coming from anywhere, even from a hostile foreign power such as Russia, even though the latter is still illegal.
The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to push through a new Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 decision according to fightforreform.org. In the meantime, the PAC is determined to flip the House from Republican to Democratic control in 2018, and with luck, the U.S. Senate also.
Doing so will pave the way toward moving the overall objective of End Citizens United forward – ending the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court mandate. Without at least a Democratic-controlled U.S. House, progress on amending the Constitution would be next to impossible because most Republicans favor big money in politics.
Learn more about End Citizens United: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/end-citizens-united-endorses-randy-bryce-in-run-against-paul-ryan/