In this confusing and quite often cynical political environment it has become common to believe that a politician can not have success fundraising without being sponsored by dark money and Super PACs. But currently, there is a Senatorial candidate in Texas named Beto O’Rourke who is taking that line of thinking and turning it upside down. With the help of a grassroots movement to remove PAC money from the American political process known as End Citizens United, O’Rourke was able to raise a whopping $6.7 million dollars in the last fundraising quarter — with exactly ZERO of it coming from Super PACs.
Beto is just the latest in a long list of candidates that have been helped out by the folks from End Citizens United. ECU was instrumental in the massive upset victory of Connor Lamb in a Pennsylvania congressional election, and now they are throwing their support behind O’Rourke as he tries to pull of an upset of equal (or perhaps even greater) magnitude in his bid to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz in particular has been no stranger to dark money, and O’Rourke provides an illuminating alternative in the 2018 midterms. While it is certainly still going to be an uphill battle, the latest fundraising quarter for O’Rourke shows that there is considerable support out there for candidates who recognize and address the absurdity of money flooding our elections and airwaves.
Since their inception in 2015 End Citizens United has been ferocious in their mission to unseat politicians who are beholden to big money PACs and other mega donors. It goes without saying that the battle to rid the political system of dark money is one of the primary issues facing our society in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond — and luckily End Citizens United is putting their money where there mouth is.
Whether it is in Texas, Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the United States you can expect End Citizens United to be fully on the side of candidates who recognize that not only is writing off Super PAC money the moral thing to do — it is also a proven winning strategy. Beto O’Rourke should be commended for his fundraising efforts thus far, and certainly he still has a long way to go but this record setting quarter is perhaps another bellwether in the predicted “blue wave” in 2018. Going forward it will be interesting to see what other ways O’Rourke can utilize the ECU endorsement to his advantage.