This is what democracy looks like. pic.twitter.com/f3CAy1IxWC
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) September 2, 2018
End Citizens United (ECU) is a grassroots organization that is fighting against a 2010 Supreme Court decision. This organization was created in 2015, five years after the decision was made. This decision was Citizens United v. F.E.C., and it was detrimental to the political system in the United States. It allowed certain groups, called PACs, to spend endless amounts of money on a politicians behalf. Read more about End Citizens United at politifact.com
The decision also made it possible for corporations and individuals to donate money to politicians anonymously. A PAC does not have to reveal who donated to them, so corporations are able to support a politician without publicly supporting their policy.
End Citizens United wages their war by supporting Democratic candidates that refuse corporate PAC money. Instead, these politicians run grassroots campaigns, receiving contributions from everyday citizens. End Citizens United supports candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Tammy Baldwin, and Derek Kilmer.
Beto O’Rourke is performing better than anyone thought he could. A poll from the University of Texas shows that O’Rourke is only trailing Ted Cruz, his opponent, by 5 points. End Citizen United’s own poll show Beto O’Rourke is 8 points behind.
Ted Cruz is partially to blame for O’Rourke rise in the polls. He has not been performing to Texas citizens expectations. Texans believe that Cruz is selfish, only working to better himself. Texans may also be upset about Ted Cruz’s failed Presidential bid in 2016. Most recently, Ted Cruz made a mistake when he came out in favor of Alex Jones in his battles with Facebook. Cruz took to Twitter to proclaim that Facebook has no right to censor a person for their political beliefs. While Cruz didn’t directly support Alex Jones, he believed that the conspiracy theorist should still be given a voice.
The blue wave in November is looking more and more likely as election day gets closer. End Citizens United is supporting many of the Democrats who intend to make a change to America’s political system.