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End Citizens United Targets Republicans For 2018 Mid-Term Elections

With momentum on their side, the Democrats are looking to make some big gains during the 2018 mid-term elections. And the political group End Citizens United is targeting four California Republicans, friendly to Citizens United, in the upcoming mid-term elections.

The Republican House members Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista). and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) are considered four of the most vulnerable congresspeople from the state of California. And End Citizens United is putting their support behind opponents who are hoping to take these seats in late 2018.

So what exactly is Citizens United? Citizens United is a conservative non-profit organization that wants corporations and unions to be allowed to spend money on Federal Elections. Many critics see this as an unfair advantage that allows large organizations to outspend individuals in Federal Elections, effectively allowing large companies to appoint whomever they want to Federal Office.

So why are the 2018 elections so important to End Citizens United? With the recent Democratic Senate race win in Alabama, Democrats see the U.S. House and Senate – currently in Republican control – ripe for a takeover. By supporting candidates against the most vulnerable Republican Congresspeople and Senators, the chances of flipping one of both chambers of the US Congress becomes more likely.

With a majority control in both the House and the Senate, a Democratically controlled US Congress can pass laws compromising the Citizens United ruling. With the chances of completely overturning the Citizens United ruling in the Supreme Court are still slim, passing laws to curb the big money influence on Federal Elections is still possible.

End Citizens United has raised in excess of $11 million dollars at the end of October 2017. However, the group has not disclosed how much they will spend against the four Republican congresspeople they are targeting. As the 2018 mid-terms draws closer, End Citizens United will no doubt seek to deploy much of their fundraising cash to those four vulnerable Republican-controlled districts.

End Citizens United is a political action committee created in direct response to Citizens United. It is devoted to driving what they see as the “big money” out of Federal Elections. Founded in 2015, the PAC is working with over $25 million dollars in donations from the 2016 election cycle.

The PAC endorses candidates and politicians who seek to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling through congressional legislation. Some of the politicians supported by End Citizens United include Elizabeth Warren, Maggie Hassan, and Jon Ossoff.

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