The political action committee known as End Citizens United recently announced four more endorsements for the coming midterm elections.
The first is former navy SEAL Josh Butner who will seek to defeat Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for California’s District 50 seat. Hunter has been named to ECU’s “Big Money 20” list. This list denotes politicians who have been especially egregious in taking big money from giant corporate special interests and billionaires.
The next announced End Citizens United candidate is Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. She will make her challenge for Florida’s 26th District. If selected to run by Florida Democrats, Mucarsel-Powell will take on Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in what promises to be an extremely competitive race.
ECU has also chosen to back Max Rose for the New York District 11 race. Rose will be the first post-9/11 combat veteran and Afghanistan War vet to seek office in a New York City district. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Daniel M. Donovan.
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Finally, End Citizens United has endorsed Sylvia Garcia for the 29th District seat of Texas. The Texas 29th is currently held by Democrat Gene Green who is not seeking reelection.
All four of these candidates strongly support the primary goal of End Citizens United – which is to get the corrupting influence of big money out of politics. ECU was established in 2015 in reaction to the 2010 Citizens United ruling which made it legal for mega-corporation and billionaires to donate as much money as they want to any political candidate.
Those candidates tend to be far-right, radical Republicans who are beholden to the corporate cash cows who helped them buy their way into public office. The founders of End Citizens United say the average American voter is increasingly being shoved aside – their interests ignored – as Senators and House members do the bidding of their campaign cash contributors.
End Citizens United has raised $35 million dollars without taking big donations from major corporations or private billionaire oligarchs. Rather, ECU has put together its PAC money the old-fashioned way – one small donation at a time from ordinary American citizens.
In fact, the average donation from more than 400,000 people who donated to ECU is just $14. To date, more than 3 million people have signed on as members of End Citizens United. Working together with individual hard-working Americans, getting big money out of politics is possible – and electing more Democrats to both houses of Congress is the just the first step.