The discussion over the role of billionaire political donors in the U.S. has once again come to the fore as Republicans, Democrats, and independents begin to turn their attention to the 2018 midterm elections.
End Citizens United, a traditional political action committee has recently published its list of the “Big Money 20”, a list of the 20 Republican politicians who have furthered their own interests over those of the electorate in their own state. The President of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller has not been shy in placing the biggest Republicans standing for reelection in the midterms at the top of her PAC’s list of targets including the House Speaker and a former Presidential candidate.
The biggest names End Citizens United are targeting is Texas Senator Ted Cruz who came the closest to defeating President Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican Primaries for the nomination to become President; House Speaker Paul Ryan has also been targeted in his safe Wisconsin seat as a possible area End Citizens United will look to cause an upset and dethrone one of the most important figures in conservative U.S. politics. Political experts believe the chance of removing Ryan or Cruz from their safe seats are almost non-existent but End Citizens United refuse to be deterred in their mission.
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The confidence of End Citizens United is high after the Washington D.C.-based PAC made a huge impact in the 2016 election cycle after forming in 2015. At the end of the 2016 election cycle, the PAC had raised around $25 million and provided support for Democrats friendly to their cause of overturning the Citizens United decision of 2010. Democrat Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton even rented the email list of the three million members of End Citizens United in a bid to build a greater level of support for her candidacy.
The 20 names already listed by End Citizens United as potential targets in the 2018 elections should take heed of the success already achieved by the PAC in various election races in Georgia and Nevada. By the middle of 2017, End Citizens United had already raised an estimated $7 million and believe their final funding goal for the 2018 elections will be an impressive $35 million; this figure is made all the more impressive by the fact a traditional PAC can only accept donations of up to $5,000 from members and individual donors. By remaining true to the traditional PAC values, End Citizens United remain free from the influence of major political donors from the billionaire classes.
It’s no secret that the #GOPTaxScam is going to hurt middle-class Americans. But two Koch-backed groups today announced that they’re launching a multi-million dollar campaign to convince people into thinking it’s good for them. https://t.co/NImc2N5SYh
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 21, 2017