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.

End Citizens United is a political action group that hopes to reform the campaign finance system. It came into being March 1, 2015 after the Supreme Courts decision to treat corporations as people, allowing billionaires and other special interest groups to make unlimited donations to the campaigns of politicians to support their agendas.

End Citizens United points out that the donations are untraceable and results in no accountability or transparency. The organization also points out how it makes it possible for foreign entities to influence US elections, including the Russian meddling investigation, Chinese nationals donation of $1.3 million to a Jeb Bush super PAC through American Pacific International Capital and donations to a super PAC by a wealthy Mexican Entrepreneur. According to Hi-Tech Chronicle, there was 15 cases being investigated by the FEC (Federal Election Commission) at the beginning of the year of illegal foreign campaign spending.

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The Hi-Tech Chronicle article entitled, “Russians Weren’t the Only Meddlers in the 2016 Election According to End Citizens United,” dated October 31, 2017, told of many measures proposed by Democrats to combat the effect of the Supreme Court ruling, such as the Disclose Act and the By the People reform package. The End Citizens United PAC (political action committee) works to support those Democrats in their attempt to reform and fix the campaign finance system. To combat the big money influence in political campaigns, End Citizens United raised $4 million during the first three months of the year with its 1.8 million donors contributing on average just $12 each. Tiffany Muller, the Executive Director of End Citizens United, said that it will probably raise $35 million before the 2018 elections from individuals who believes that the system is rigged against them and this is their way of fighting back.

On their website, End Citizens United describes itself as Democrats fighting for reform and states that it is just getting warmed up. It also states that it is proud to be funded by thousands of grassroots supporters from around the country, siting its grassroots activist as its greatest strength. Its mission statement expresses the strategy of electing those who champion campaign finance reform, passing state ballot measures, and making these issues part of the national conversation as a national priority. End Citizens United hopes to have an effect on all three branches of government in the effort to enact campaign finance reform to combat the political influences of big money.

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