Meet the Big Money 20
When one mentions politicians such as Ted Cruz, Ryan Paul, Mike Bost, and Mike Coffman, there are some obvious patterns and shared traits. For one, they are all Republicans who are currently in Congress. These individuals, alongside 16 others, however, have another common characteristic that has been assigned to them by the End Citizens United political action committee. They are all members of the latest “Big Money 20” list of politicians that this organization consider to be the weakest link of Congress.
The Criteria of Selection
The reason why the organization felt compelled to place these individuals on a list comes from their behavior towards donations. It is no secret that special interest groups donate large sums of money during candidates’ campaigns. The purpose of this is to get the prospective election winner’s favor, which will affect the way they vote during bill passing stages later on. The people that were placed on the Big Money 20 list are all notorious for accepting large donations. A lot of them have gone as far as to place special interest groups’ views before their own.
What is the goal?
End Citizens United was formed to help fix the unfair political system in the United States. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United in 2010, this PAC was created to fight against everything that this judicial precedent creates. This includes treating corporations as individuals, allowing limitless donations from special interest groups, and more.
So when it comes to these politicians who are currently serving in Congress, End Citizens United attempts to do everything in their power to prevent the re-election. According to the president of the organization Tiffany Muller, this PAC will not hesitate to use everything within their power to reach the goal.
End Citizens United is a lot more than an idea. They currently have over 3 million members who have joined and made donations. Even though there is a limit of $5,000 that PACs can receive in donations, this organization gathered $25 million in 2016 that went towards the same purpose of affecting the election. Their goal for the upcoming election in 2018 is up to $35 million. Experts, however, disagree that there will be any major impact that the organization will have on the election as most of these 20 politicians are not very vulnerable.
Regardless of the final outcome, End Citizens United remains one of the most powerful PACs in Washington. Their membership count keeps increasing as seen by the amount of money they are raising year-to-year. Ultimately, it just seems like a matter of time before this organization starts having a mainstream impact on the politics in the United States.
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