A new political action committee (PAC) determined to get big money out of politics has identified 20 members of Congress it considers among the worst offenders when it comes to pocketing questionable campaign cash.
End Citizens United has just unveiled its “Big Money 20” campaign. Four California members of the U.S. House made this disgraceful list of unabashed money grubbers. They are all Republicans — Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Rep. Mimi Walters.
The End Citizens United PAC not only considers these four California lawmakers vulnerable, but has singled them out for their notorious track records for accepting boatloads of cash from multi-national corporations and private billionaires who like to “buy” political influence.
End Citizens United Executive Director Tiffany Muller told the L.A. Times that these Golden State legislators are “some of the most egregious examples we have seen” in terms of campaign funding practice. She notes that Rep. Hunter is currently under investigation for campaign funds abuse.
End Citizens United was in established in 2015 with the goal of ridding the United States of a rule made possible by a 2010 decision of the Supreme Court that came to be known as Citizens United. Basically, the ruling cleared the way for corporations and billionaires to shovel as much cash as they wanted to a political candidate of choice – and those candidates tend to be Conservative Republicans.
The ultimate aim of End Citizens United is to pass an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would cancel the effect of the 2010 Supreme Court decision. In the meantime, the PAC is working hard to elect Democratic members to Congress, with a major goal of flipping the House from Republican control to Democrat control in 2018.
To this end, the PAC has been raising money for the coming midterm elections. The group raised $25 million in the 2016 election cycle and is on track to top that by $10 million – an estimated $35 million for the 2018 elections.
End Citizens United has enjoyed enormous support on a grassroots level. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary American citizens have kicked in donations that average just $14 each. This shows that American voters are fed up with big corporations and billionaires buying U.S. elections and thereby enjoying undue influence over policies that affect the lives of everyone.
End Citizens United has not revealed how much it intends to spend on defeating the four California lawmakers, but it’s likely that what it contributes will have a significant impact on those races. Moving all four California seat from “R” to “D” would be a significant step forward in making the House “D controlled” in 2018.