Many Democratic candidates across the United States are refusing to accept campaign donations from any corporate PAC. This refusal, which includes everyone from the Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Conor Lamb, who is closer to the center, has fast become a litmus test for progressivism this election cycle. When a political candidate makes this pledge it excites their base and shows them that they aren’t the lapdogs of corporate interests.
End Citizens United is a PAC which supports the Democratic candidates who make this pledge. They say that voters across the nation are very angry with the status quo as well as special interests and wealthy individuals having a bigger voice than anyone. This PAC says that this problem is worse than ever and largely caused by the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to endless spending by corporations and the 1 percent. They are fighting to get sensible laws passed that will restore sanity to what these special interests can spend on a political campaign.
To date, 185 Democratic candidates have made this pledge to refuse corporate PAC money. This pledge is partly credited with Connor Lamb winning his upset election earlier this year. In New York City, Ocasio-Cortez had made this pledge and that is partially why she was able to beat the incumbent, Joe Crowley, who was accepting money from corporate PACs. End Citizens United has endorsed both of these candidates.
The communication director for End Citizens United is Adam Bozzi. He said that most candidates are not getting the bulk of their money from corporate PACS but still matters to reject that money because in a tight campaign every dollar counts. He said the message is important, though, that the candidate is saying that if they get to Congress they will put their constituents interests first.
End Citizens United was established in the wake of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that lets people and corporations spend as much as they want on politics. They support pro-reform candidates who pledge they will support tougher campaign finance laws. It is time to put an end to U.S. elections being bought is their main message.