The Texas Senate seat of Republican Ted Cruz has recently been under scrutiny after the End Citizens United PAC made the decision to endorse Democrat Beto O’Rourke after he pledged not to accept donations from PACs or wealthy donors to his campaign.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 in response to a growing sense of unease among the U.S. public about the high level of influence being exerted on the political landscape by a group of wealthy donors and corporate groups who were largely looking to ensure their own interests were held at the top of the requirements of individuals from Washington D.C.
Over the course of 2015, End Citizens United began working on the many different tactics the traditional PAC has attempted to use to push forward its agenda of increased limits on political donations; the U.S. political landscape was changed by the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United which allowed almost unlimited funding for candidates and parties during election seasons.
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The aim of End Citizens United is to eliminate the Citizens United ruling by electing politicians friendly to the cause of limiting campaign funding across the U.S. in all elections. Beto O’Rourke has so far pledged to limit funding for his campaign to grassroots donors which is a decision serving him well so far after he outperformed Cruz by more than $500,000 in donations across the last quarter of 2017; in contrast, Cruz has been losing support because of his decision to accept funding from special interest groups to the tune of $1.3 million over the course of the last few years.
One of the major issues facing Beto O’Rourke as he launched his campaign was getting across his message of fairness for all in terms of campaign funding and making sure the political leaders of Texas are working for the good of the people of the state and not solely for the special interest groups funding them. In general, a recent End Citizens United poll showed an eight-point lead for Cruz over O’Rourke which flipped to a two-point margin in favor of the Democrat when the issue of campaign funding was raised with the work of Cruz alongside special interest groups adding to his 49 percent disapproval rating.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/