Less than two months before the midterm elections, the organization End Citizens United is continuing its efforts to bring fairness to the American political process by reforming the nation’s campaign financing practices. These efforts include its support for candidates, some of whom are challengers and others incumbents running for re-election, who have vowed their support to end the special interest funding of political campaigns. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
One of the challengers endorsed by End Citizens United is Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is attempting to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. Despite collecting donations that average only $33, O’Rourke surpassed Cruz in terms of total funding during the first half of 2018. Other challengers include Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running against incumbent Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, and congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who is running for the seat that is currently occupied by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Relying only upon small donations, Bryce raised nearly $2 million during the first quarter of 2018. Follow the group on facebook.com.
Four incumbent senators that have received endorsements from End Citizens United are Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana and Angus King of Maine. The three Democrats and King, an independent, have been lauded for their actions in trying to change the current system of campaign financing.
Candidates who receive End Citizens United endorsements are eligible for to get financial assistance from members in their respective districts and states, and from a network of some 400,000 donation sources spread throughout the country. The organization expects to raise some $35 million that will be used during the current election cycle. Despite the tremendous amount it has raised, its average donation is only $14.
End Citizens United was established for the purpose of countering the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to the funding of campaigns by wealthy individuals and special interest groups. In addition to supporting candidates, the organization regularly works on state initiatives and otherwise exerts political power through the grassroots actions of its members.