The Democratic Political Action Committee (PAC) End Citizens United has identified their “Big Money 20” for 2018. This is a group of 20 Republican elected officials who the committee feels have been special interest group’s needs above those of the people who voted for them. The PAC believes that these elected officials backed legislation that favored wealthy donors over their constituents, opposed campaign finance reform, or received large donations.
End Citizens United aims to raise $35 million to dedicate to the 2018 election cycle, an increase of the $10 million they raised for the 2016 election campaigns. Finance rules dictate that traditional political action committees cannot accept donations of more than $5,000. This means that they need their 3 million members to come together to reach their goals. Tis is a message that they are trying to hammer home to each of their members. They believe that a small group of determined individuals can affect real change. Read more about End Citizens United at Wikipedia.
Research indicates that reducing the influence of special interest donors is supported by many independent voters. As an issue, it is only behind protection from terrorism and job creation in terms of importance. End Citizens United is trying to unite their democratic base to convince independent voters to join their fight against special interest groups who are able to pay to get the legislation that they want passed.
Some of the targeted Republican incumbents will be difficult, if not impossible, to unseat. However many of these races are close enough that End Citizens United believes that their work could have a true effect on the race. And possibly change the set from a Republican to Democrat.
End Citizens United is trying to use it influence to fight special interest group’s power over the executive branch of the government. Only time, and the 2018 election results, will tell if their membership of over 3 million people can come together and do something great.