The 2018 Congressional Races are set up to be some of the most important elections in the history of the United States. After the rise of Donald Trump and his corresponding election night victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, the political climate in the United States abruptly split in two. Republicans know that in order to maintain their stranglehold on Washington D.C. that they will need to get past Donald Trump’s failing approval rating while picking up key seats in places like California. Unfortunately for Republicans, Democrats everywhere are riding a blue wave of enthusiasm straight to the ballot box. End Citizens United is a political action committee that has been dedicated to helping engineer enthusiasm for voters and now they’ll be focused endorsing and propping up two candidates: Gil Cisneros (CA 39) and Katie Porter (CA 45).
An endorsement from End Citizens United is a badge that most politicians should wear proudly. End Citizens United has been focused on changing the culture and legislation behind corporate payoffs and dark money in politics. End Citizens United was created in response to a Supreme Court decision from 2010 that essentially opened up the political floodgates for lobbyists to come streaming into D.C. End Citizens United only endorses candidates who are willing to fight back and stem that tide of money. Katie Porter is an attorney who has made campaign finance reform a tentpole of her election run and she has even declined all corporate donations. Gil Cisneros has also joined in on the decision to refuse all corporate PAC donations.
End Citizens United knows that bringing about campaign finance reform is a big step so they definitely need help from people like Cisneros and Porter. A poll conducted by ECU revealed that 62% of voters believe a candidate is serious about campaign finance reform only when they refuse to accept corporate PAC donations. Tiffany Muller is the President at End Citizens United and she was quick to praise Cisneros and Porter for their decision. Muller said that their decision, “Sends a message that they will be accountable to the people in their districts.” Muller went on to lay out the fact that being free from corporate donations means that you are no longer going to be beholden to corporate will and manipulation. Muller finished her endorsement by saying, “We’re proud to stand with both campaigns and look forward to helping them get to Washington.”
If progressives manage to flip government control during the 2018 Congressional Elections then we could see a dramatically altered landscape in Washington D.C. The fact that so many seats have already been flipped blue, 38 and counting since Trump took office, should be a sign that this momentum does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
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