End Citizens United was created on March 1, 2015 with a clear mission in mind. The people behind this political action committee want to end the undue influence that “big money” has on the political processes, and Corey Booker has recently proven to be someone who will help.
Senator Corey Booker announced that he refuses to accept any money that comes from the corporate political action committees or PACs, and End Citizens United has heaped praise upon him for doing so.
End Citizens United’s President Tiffany Muller stated that Senator Booker has shown a commitment to being a leader in this fight to create a political system that can stop leaving the people behind. By not accepting their money, Senator Booker has proven that he will not be accountable to corporate special interests and their agenda. The only people he will be beholden to are the American people. Ms. Muller thanked Senator Booker for taking the stance that he has taken, and she looks forward to partnering with him to fix our political system so that every American citizen can benefit from it.
What Senator Booker has pledged to do is something that several politicians have already done in recent years, and ECU has acknowledged them by endorsing their candidacies. When ECU endorses a candidate, they always encourage that person to leave money from the special interest groups on the table.
This new trend has been taking off at a great rate because candidates all over the country have stated that they will refuse to take special interest PAC money. Just recently, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand added her name to the list of senators who will reject special interest money, and the day that she made the announcement, End Citizens United endorsed her campaign.
In total, ECU states that more than 70 of this year’s candidates have rejected donations from special interest PACs, and their names are Andy Kim, Randy Bryce, Christina Hartman, Dean Phillips, Conor Lamb, Elissa Slotkin and Representative Beto O’Rourke. The American people are becoming increasingly disheartened by the way things are working in Washington, and those who give their word of honor that they will renounce all money that comes from the special interest PACs are at the head of the line.
According to End Citizens United, only three candidates made the pledge to refuse corporate special interest money in 2016, but this year has turned out to be very different. Tiffany Muller stated, “This is a national trend that we’re seeing. The reason that they’re all doing this and campaigning on the issue is they see how much the voter feels shut out of the system.” It’s as if “their voice is drowned out.”
The Consequences of Refusing Special Interest Money
The pledge to refuse to accept money from special interest groups would demonstrate to the voters that the candidate wants to give the American people a voice, but it can also mean that the candidates’ financial coffers will suffer. For example, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has just stated that she will no longer accept special interest money, and she stopped taking large checks this year. Senator Gillibrand’s aide Glen Caplin stated that if she had accepted the money, she would have had between $800,000 and $1 million more than she does right now.
End Citizens United’s Goals
End Citizens United has gotten off to a good start with advancing its agenda. In the 2018 election cycle, the PAC hopes to help candidates like the ones described above who will dedicate themselves to changing the political system so that it cannot be described as “rigged.” This means that their goal is to replace members of congress who are supporting the present system.
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The Big Money 20
The “Big Money 20” is legislators whom End Citizens United has targeted, and they are:
- Senator Dean Heller
- Senator Ted Cruz
- Senator Paul Ryan
- Representative Mimi Walters
- Representative Dana Rohrbacher
- Representative Darrell Issa
- Representative Duncan Hunter
- Representative Mike Coffman
- Representative Rod Blum
- Representative Peter Roskam
- Representative Mike Bost
- Representative Mike Bishop
- Representative Erik Paulsen
- Representative Robert Pittenger
- Representative Tom MacArthur
- Representative Frelinghuysen
- Representative Claudia Tenney
- Representative Ryan Costello
- Representative Pat Meehan
- Representative Will Hurd.
The Big Money 20 listed above have accepted thousands of dollars in special interest money and fought to keep Citizens United in force, the Supreme Court decision that End Citizens United hopes to overturn.
Along with aiding candidates who refuse to accept special interest money, ECU also works toward getting state ballot measures passed that address campaign finance reform. They intend to make campaign finance reform an important issue in the national discussion this year.
End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington, D.C.