As 2017 draws to a close and the new year approaches, End Citizens United have revealed their thoughts are shifting to the 2018 midterm elections and which key battlegrounds will receive a portion of the expected $35 million the political action committee estimates it will raise in the coming months. To publicize the rising importance of the 2018 election cycle, End Citizens United has recently published what it calls the “Big Money 20”, a group of politicians the leaders of the PAC believe have been the major recipients of donations from the billionaire donor class who have exerted their influence on U.S. politics through the work of the conservative candidates they backed.
End Citizens United have had a great deal of success in the single election the group fought by highlighting the reform agenda for election finances many Democrats choose to back. In fact, a recent study showed the delivery of an election finance reform agenda was far more effective than a similar message detailing the traditional values offered by Democratic candidates. The decision to back Democrats was taken by End Citizens United because the PAC believes liberal candidates are more likely to back the repeal of the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which eliminated restrictions surrounding campaign financing.
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The “Big Money 20” is not limited to those politicians End Citizens United believe can be removed from office during the 2018 midterm elections but is a way of highlighting those politicians who continue to put the needs of billionaire donors above those of the American people. Among those included on the list are House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Ted Cruz, both politicians are standing for reelection in 2018 and will be the subject of major campaigns led by End Citizens United.
Despite being named on the “Big Money 20” list many political experts believe both Speaker Ryan and Senator Cruz are not vulnerable to losing their respective elections in 2018. However, the fact the two politicians are being targeted by End Citizens United shows how the PAC which formed in 2015 has grown in confidence as the donations to a PAC limiting financial contributions to just $5,000 has developed a campaign fund for 2018 of more than $7 million by the middle of 2017; by the time the 2018 midterm elections are fought, End Citizens United expects to have a campaign fund of around $35 million to aid Democrats and liberals in using the power of independent voters to bring about financial reform in Washington D.C.
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