A democratic political action committee (PAC), End Citizens United has affirmed its dedication to pushing big money out of politics by unveiling the 20 Republican members of Congress they are targeting in 2018. Calling them the “Big Money 20” a number of Republicans according to the PAC, are focusing on their personal interests over those of their constituents, whether by supporting legislation that favored their major donors, receiving huge donations or by disagreeing with the campaign finance reforms.
The Republicans who made it to the list are California’s Rep. Mimi Walters, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Pennsylvania’s Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Ryan Costello, New Jersey’s Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Rep. Tom MacArthur, Illinois’ Rep. Peter Roskam, North Carolina’s Rep. Rob Pittenger, Minnesota’s Rep. Eric Paulsen, Texas’ Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. Ted Cruz. Others are New York’s Rep. Claudia Tenney, Colorado’s Rep. Mike Bishop, Mike Coffman, Wisconsin House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Nevada Senator Dean Heller. Follow the organization on Twitter.
End Citizens United, executive director, Tiffany Muller says that these are extreme in Congress. The group’s targets at raising and spending $35 million on the re-election races during the 2018 election cycle, an extra $10 million compared to the %25 million spent in 2016. Many of these incumbents’ are dealing with tough re-elections battles, but most independent analyses are not considering Ryan and Cruz as vulnerable.
Since its establishment, End Citizens United operates as a conventional political action committee, and does not accept more than $5,000 in donations. Its huge fundraising depends on the average contributions of its 3 million members. This resonates with the message that; people desire a change in the system, a message supported by the independent and Democratic voters.
According to Pollster All Quinian, reducing special interest money in politics is important to independent voters coming third after job creation and protecting America against terrorism. Furthermore, research indicates that big money in politics information functions at the Congressional campaign level pointing to the Nevada Senate race in 2016 between Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former state attorney general and the then-Republican Rep Joe Heck. To date, the End Citizens United is proud to take major steps in reaping the first fruits of its end goal; to bring electoral justice in the country. Learn more: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united