Four prominent and powerful California members of the U.S. House of Representatives are on the target list of a new political action committee that is determined to see these politicians do not get re-elected in the 2018 midterms.
The PAC targeting the California cadre is End Citizens United, a group formed in 2015 as a reaction against a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the flood gates for big money and “dark money” to flow into the American election system.
What the 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowed was for huge multi-national corporations to give as much money as they want to candidates of choice, without limit and without even having to disclose where the money comes from. Individual billionaires and millionaires can do the same.
Because of the disastrous Supreme Court decision, the Aaverage American voter has become more disenfranchised than ever before. With giant corporations and billionaires “buying” their politician of choice, voters on the ground are left with little or no voice.
This terrible situation is largely supported by Republicans, including the four California House members End Citizens united wants to get rid of. They are Rep. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista).
End Citizens United Executive Director Tiffany Muller called these four Congressmen and women “among the worst” abusers of the election system in terms of accepting huge amounts of cash from unknown sources. She also points out that Duncan Hunter is under investigation for potential misuse of campaign funds. Also worrisome is the money Darrell Issa has hauled in from special interests in the telecom industry.
Furthermore, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has made headlines in 2017 for his highly controversial and questionable interactions with Russia. Even members of his own party recently restricted overseas travel reimbursement money to prevent him from traveling to Moscow or Europe to meet with Russian officials.
End Citizens United is on track to raise some $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle. They will use some of that money to target these California members of Congress who are believed to be vulnerable. They also represent a part of the problem when it comes to money buying elections in America.
End Citizens United has raised its funds using a grassroots-style appeal to ordinary American citizens. The response has been overwhelming. The group raised $25 million for the previous 2016 election and plans to top that by at least $10 million this time around.
Even more amazing is that the average donation to End Citizens United has been about $14. That means power to the people – to the average voter – rather than letting giant corporations and billionaires control who gets to serve American people in the highst levels of the United States government.
End Citizens United info: www.linkedin.com/jobs/end-citizens-united-jobs