Beto O’Rourke is running one of the most important campaigns in our lifetimes. He is currently a congressman from El Paso, Texas, and he’s going around the state campaigning to challenge sitting Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. The upstart congressman is now a household name after a viral video of O’Rourke defending NFL players right to take any spread across the Internet like wildfire. And a recent poll has him virtually tied with the incumbent GOP senator. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
This election is all about money. End Citizens United is in Texas to lend a hand to O’Rourke’s campaign. The political action committee is an incredibly important component in the fight against Citizens United. The Supreme Court decision back in 2010 expanded something called corporate personhood to grant First Amendment protections to corporations. This allows big business to spend unlimited amounts of money through political action committees to sway elections in their favor.
End Citizens United loves Beto O’Rourke for his campaign fundraising style. In the vein of Bernie Sanders, O’Rourke only takes campaign contributions from individuals. No company, corporation or big business will sway the congressman from El Paso. This all but guarantees that the young congressman will represent the people of Texas when he eventually gets sworn in as a senator for the Loan Star State in Washington. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase.
End Citizens United has targeted Ted Cruz as the problem in politics. The incumbent GOP senator takes advantage of Citizens United in a big way. Politicians are not allowed to coordinate with PAC’s, but Ted Cruz found a loophole. The unlikable senator put together one hour of stock footage showing him and his family happily enjoying Texas so that Super PAC’s could splice the films together in order to make a commercial easier. It’s uncoordinated coordination and it’s downright sleazy.
End Citizens United is backing candidates like O’Rourke around the country. They are using their grassroots organization to help candidates that will end Citizens United in order to mitigate the impact of the horrendous Supreme Court decision. Eventually, the group is working towards a permanent solution by act of federal law or constitutional amendment.