On 19 October 2018, End Citizens United announced that it was about to win its battle against the corporate-backed Political Action Committee. End Citizens was looking to eliminate PAC from US political platform since it was used by wealthy individuals who wanted to manipulate the US political outcomes.
Can aspirants run successful campaigns without the help of PAC?
A few years ago, aspirants thought that PAC was the only way to finance their campaigns. However, End Citizens United says that political aspirants can raise adequate funds to run their campaigns without PAC’s financial support.
For instance, Howard Dean, Barrack Obama, and Bernie Sanders managed their presidential campaigns using small donations from ordinary citizens.
In 2018’s campaigns, Beto O’Rourke demonstrated that statewide candidates could manage their campaigns without PAC’s financial support. The aspirant raised over $38 million in his third-quarter fundraising. 800,000 individual donors contributed the funds.
Apart from Beto O’Rourke, End Citizens United reports that there are over 185 candidates who denied PAC’s support in 2018. Follow the group on facebook.com
Why is End Citizens United against corporate PAC?
According to End Citizens United, corporate PAC supports candidates who promise to advocate for the interests that favor a few corporates and wealthy individuals. On that account, repudiating PAC support would be a sure way to reduce the corporates influence in US’ political arena.
Besides curtailing the influence of corporates, ending PAC would be an excellent way to identify responsible and hardworking leaders who are willing to advocate for the wills of the individual citizens, from the many candidates with self-centered ambitions.
End Citizens Pledges financial support for anti-PAC candidates
End Citizens announced that it had raised over $7 million that would be used to support 2018’s anti-PAC candidates won the primaries. “The financial support would help the candidates to reach out to more grass root voters,” said Muller, End Citizens’ official.
Some of the candidates who will benefit from End Citizens’ financial support are Conor Lamb and Randy Bryce. Conor Lamb managed to raise over $3 million from small donors. He rejected PAC money publicly.
Just like Lamb Conor, Randy Bryce refused PAC’s bid to support his campaign. Having worked as an employee in the iron industry, Bryce alleged that he was dedicated to present the plight of workers rather than the selfish interests of corporations.