Just a year ago it would have been unthinkable to suggest that the state of Texas would send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. In the ultra-conservative Lone Star State, even the abrasive and fantastically unlikable Sen. Ted Cruz seemed a lock to be re-elected based on his Conservative-Republican bona fides.
But fast forward to today. The race between Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke is dead even. In recent months, O’Rourke has been surging in the polls as Ted Cruz appears ever more desperate — so desperate he has invited his once bitter enemy Donald Trump to come to Texas and hold a rally for him.
What’s even more amazing is the fact that Beto O’Rourke has rejected all corporate contributions and big money from Super PACS and special interest groups. His effort is strictly grassroots. He accepts only small donations from average American citizens. Read this article at Chronicle of Week
That’s part of the reason why O’Rourke has earned the backing of End Citizens United, also a grassroots group based in Washington D.C. End Citizens United is organized as a PAC, but one of a different kind. Like O’Rourke, this group is fueled by hundreds of thousands of small donations that average just $14.
The goal of End Citizens United is campaign finance reform. It wants to get Big Money out of our election system. The PAC gets its name from the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that came to be known as Citizens United. It was this ruling by a conservative-dominated court that transformed the American election process into a kind of money-controlled free-for-all. Big corporations and billionaires were suddenly unleashed and able to donate as much money as they wanted to candidates they could subsequently control.
Like End Citizens United, Beto O’Rourke has vowed to do everything in his power to nullify the effect of Citizens United and return the legitimacy of the U.S. election system to the people.
O’Rourke still faces a brutal fight as the midterms loom less than two months from now. But with the help of End Citizens United, he just may cross the finish line as the next Senator for the great state of Texas.