The End Citizens United PAC has gone from struggling to attract Democrats to its cause of election campaign finance reform to becoming a mainstay of the party. In just three years, End Citizens United has become one of the most important election resources for Democrats across the U.S. including those attempting to unseat some of the stalwarts of the Republican Party. As the 2018 Midterms campaigning season began around Thanksgiving 2017, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller placed Republican Senator Ted Cruz on her list of targeted seats for the 2018 election season. Read more news about the group on USA Today.
Former Presidential candidate Cruz began his career running a grassroots campaign led by the Republican Tea Party but has now become known for his willingness to work for special interest groups. Cruz has remained a target for Democrats amid polls showing Cruz has a 49 percent disapproval rating in his home state of Texas.
The Democrat challenging Cruz is Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas Congressional Representative who has accepted the pledge from End Citizens United stating he will not work with special interest groups. O’Rourke is one of over 70 Democrats who has accepted the pledge prior to a Midterm election season many expected to be tightly contested. Campaign finance rules should be a major issue with Republicans continuing their attacks on the remaining regulations administered by the Federal Election Commission.
Upon announcing his candidacy for the Texas Senate seat held by Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke was seen as an undisputed underdog for victory. Early polls gave Cruz an 18-point lead which has been cut to just five points in a recent poll for the University of Texas. End Citizens United have commissioned their own poll which shows the lead of Ted Cruz turns into a small advantage for O’Rourke when his stance on campaign financing is revealed. The Democrat is working without the aid of polling experts on a campaign which has already taken him to every county in Texas months before the 2018 Midterms take place. View the group’s profile on Politifact.com.