End Citizens United Makes Big Push To Flip The U.S. House In 2018
Perhaps Republican Congressman Darrell Issa felt the heat. He has held his California 49th District seat since 2001, but Issa announced on Jan. 10 that he will not run for reelection in the 2018 midterms.
Congressman Issa was recently named to a hit list of a new political action committee that wants to make sure his days as a U.S. House legislator are over. That PAC is End Citizens United. It is targeting 20 members of Congress for defeat ahead of this year’s election cycle.
Four of Issa’s fellow California U.S. House members are also on End Citizen’s United ouster list. The other three are Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and Rep. Mimi Walters. ECU Executive Director Tiffany Muller called these four lawmakers among “the worst of the worst” when it comes to pocketing shady campaign cash from big corporations and billionaires.
The End Citizens United PAC formed in 2015. The group is determined to reform a badly broken U.S. election system which has been taken over by mega-wealthy special interests while leaving the average American voter disenfranchised.
Certainly, big money in politics has long been a problem in America, but things got much worse after the Supreme Court issued its infamous “Citizen’s United” ruling in 2010. The decision allowed huge multi-national corporations to donate as much money as they want to political candidates – and worse yet – all the money doled out can remain hidden from regulation or public scrutiny. Greedy billionaires can now practically “buy” politicians at will thanks to the Conservative-dominated Supreme Court.
End Citizens United is eager to flip the House from Republican control to Democratic control in 2018. Doing so will be a major step toward the PAC’s ultimate goal – overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that handed over U.S. elections to the highest bidder.
The PAC raised $25 million in the 2016 elections and is on track to garner some $35 million for the 2018 races. ECU fundraising has been achieved with a grassroots appeal directly to voters who have responded eagerly in droves – with an average donation of just $14 each. It’s a perfect example of hundreds of thousands of every-day citizens stepping up to take back their government from the corrupting forces of big money, and contact them.
Rep. Darrell Issa and the others are on a list Citizen United Calls its “Big Money 20.” These are members of both the House and U.S. Senate who have proven to be hopelessly addicted to dark money from corporations and billionaires – and they are clearly doing favors for their “sugar daddies” in return for all the cash.
End Citizens United is determined to take back our government. Knocking off the four California Congress persons named above will be a major step in the right direction, the group says, and http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/.