Issuing a flurry of key endorsements around the nation, the political action group known as End Citizens United (ECU) is ramping up its efforts as the 2018 midterm elections, now just a little more than six months away.
Among those getting a boost from ECU is Lauren Baer who is running for congress in the Florida 18th District. Baer formerly worked as a foreign policy adviser in the Obama Administration. She is running against Republican Brian Mast who is seeking his second term after winning the seat for the first time in 2016.
Democrat Liz Watson is getting the nod from ECU in Indiana’s 9th District. She is running against Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, also a first-term member. Liz Watson is an attorney with considerable political experience. She is the former director of workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, and was also the executive director of the Georgetown Poverty Center. She served as the Labor Policy Director for Democrats in Congress.
In Michigan, End Citizens United has endorsed Democrat Matt Morgan for the 1st District race. Morgan is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Morgan now works in the television and film industry. He will face off against Republican Rep. Jack Bergman who is seeking his second term.
In New Jersey, ECU has endorsed Democrat Tom Malinowski for the 7th District seat there. Malinowski was born in Poland and came to America at age six. He went on to become a Rhode Scholar. His most recent government experience was serving as Assistant Secretary of State under President Obama. Malinowski will likely face incumbent Republican Leonard Lance who has held the seat since 2010.
End Citizens United is backing these candidates because they share the primary goal of this grassroots PAC – getting Big Money out of politics. In all cases, the ECU endorsed candidates have come out strongly for overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. This was the disastrous decision that opened the floodgates for unlimited campaign contributions made by major corporations and billionaires to the candidate of their choice.
The result has been a corrupting effect on American government. Congress members who take big donations from special interests have almost universally lost interest in representing the average American citizens they are supposed to serve.
ECU has raised $35 million in small donation averaging just $14 each. The candidates they endorse have pledged to turn away Big Money from special interests and dedicate their time in Congress to working for the people.
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