Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018 – and this removes yet another name from the list of politicians targeted as The “Big Money 20” by a major political action committee (PAC) known as End Citizens United.
Ryan made the PAC’s list because of his well-documented practice of accepting huge campaign donations from wealthy corporate interests, such as Koch Industries, while brushing aside the concerns of average voters.
End Citizens United has put its support behind Democrat Randy Bryce who is running for the Wisconsin District 1 seat held by Ryan since 1999. End Citizen United officials called Bryce “a champion of working families” and a man who is “determined to end the corrupting influence of Big Money” in our election system.
Garnering the support of End Citizens United is a significant endorsement for Bryce. That’s because the PAC has already demonstrated it can help win elections for Democrats, even in deeply red, Republican and Trump territories. The group was instrumental in the recent stunning victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania’s 18th District which had just voted heavily for Trump in 2016.
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End Citizens United also played a key role in defeating the scandal-plagued Roy Moore who was running on the Republican ticket in Alabama – a state that has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than two decades.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 with the central goal of overturning the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that came to be known as Citizens United.
The ruling allowed giant corporations and billionaires to dish out as much cash as they wanted to the politician of their choice – this “Dark Money” has allowed hidden special interests to put their pet politicians on a tight leash – and the result is every-day American voters being increasingly disenfranchised from their own government.
End Citizens United is well on its way to reaching a goal of raising $35 million ahead of the 2018 elections using a strictly grassroots model that has averaged just $14 per contribution. The PAC accepts no corporate cash or big donations from greedy private billionaires.
It plans to use that money to elect as many Democrats as possible in the coming midterm elections to take back both houses of Congress from Republican control. The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is a Constitutional Amendment that will overturn the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.