End Citizens United Endorses Beto O’Rourke For A Texas Senate Seat

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/

Polite Yes, But Still A Fighter

Do you think that Betsy DeVos is the kind of person to back down from a political fight? Are you confused by her gentle and kind nature? If so, you better hope that you are not matched up with her in some kind of political dispute. She will run right over you and not stop to think about it.

 

Betsy DeVos is a political brawler that is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone who stands in the way of her agenda. The difference between her and her boss the President is that she is not confrontation and in your face. Rather, she is cunning and charming and can get the changes she wants incrementally. The bottom line for her is that she does always end up winning the results that she wants to see.

 

Her confirmation process was incredibly controversial. She became the Secretary of Education only after being voted in by the Senate in a 51-50 vote. The tie-breaking vote came from Vice-President Mike Pence. It was an incredibly close vote for something that is usually fairly routine. It is not often that the Senate tries to tie up these kind of confirmations. She has to squeeze through, but once she did, she was in an incredible position of power over education.

 

There are some people who undoubtedly are thrilled to see Mrs. DeVos now in the position of power that she resides in. They love that she has had to go through the ringer of the fight in order to emerge on the other side, and that she now has the ability to call some of the shots. At the very least, they know that she has more influence than she ever would have had she continued to operate out of her home state of Michigan. Now that she has a position of power in Washington D.C., they see sweeping changes on the horizon.

 

Those opposed to DeVos see this as an incredibly bad thing. They do not like the vision of education that she fights for so hard. They see her as disconnected from the educational system in that she does not have children in the public schools. In fact, her children never went to public schools, and she has few ties to those types of schools at all. It is troubling to them that she gets to make so many decisions about what happens to their children in those same schools.

 

DeVos might have drawn a lot of controversy when she was first being sworn in as the Secretary of Education, but she has largely fallen by the wayside as other news has swamped her position of importance. She can now operate with less of a microscope over every single move that she makes. That is her preferred way to operate for sure. This way, she can probably get more done without constantly having to stop due to any kind of public pressure or pushback. What she ends up coming up with next will be anyone’s guess, but it is sure to be interesting to say the least. Learn more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/us/politics/education-secretary-betsy-devos-donald-trump.html

End Citizen United Mobilizes $4 Million in First Quarter Donations

End Citizen’s public announcement of their $4 million donations elicited mixed reactions as this contradicts the group’s mission. For a political action group that opposes the funding of campaigns, by high-rolling political affiliates, this news is ironical and might send out mixed signals.

Interesting enough, the USA TODAY, revealed that the organization plans to increase the donations to $35 Million to fund campaigns for the Congress during the 2018 elections. The targeted amount of donated resources represents an 8.7% increase in contributions as compared to 2016’s received donations.

Tiffany Muller, the group’s President, says that they aim at establishing campaign funds reforms. PAC is behind the recent campaign’s donations for Jon Ossoff’s Democratic bid, for the vacant Republican seat left by Tom Price, formerly the secretary of health and Human Services. End United is behind the $500,000 campaigns drive for the 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, who is unsettling a few in the political circles.

It is also evident that End Citizen will settle on the political aspirants to support during the campaigns. Muller announced that they would be likely supporting Sherrod Brown and John Tester, Democrats from Ohio and Montana.

End Citizen still operates per traditional modus operandi of not accepting cash contributions of more than $5000 per individual. The Political Action Group, therefore, functions by encouraging more citizens to participate in their funds drive. In the first quarter of 2017, out of the 100,000 donors, 40,000 were new donors. The upward spike in membership primarily represents an indifferent citizenry that is fostering strong anti-system sentiments. It’s a public outcry, a cry of frustration, for people who are in opposition of the Donald Trump administration.

Campaign watchdogs have started raising concerns about End Citizen United fundraising strategies. These strategies are more politically inclined than grass-root oriented as is the requirement. Tulle, a former deputy director for Democrats campaigning wing, said that PAC has partnered with other campaign funds groups.

This political action group is ranking on the top of similar groups and is influential in mobilizing votes favoring candidates that they are sponsoring. Adam Bozzi, United’s spokesman, illustrated how they influenced its Republican donations recipient, from participating in the nomination process of Betsy Devos who was interested in the Education Secretary office in the Trumps administration. Vice President Pence’s vote tipped the scales after a 50-50 Senate vote.

End Citizen United adopted their name from the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling on the Citizens United decision. This decision has raised the bar on campaign spending and sourcing of funds. Citizens can now form groups and receive donations from companies and unions. End United is a model to raise campaign funds for preferred Democrats’ candidates.