In 2016, Texan Senator Ted Cruz was regarded as the main challenger to the seemingly simple march of Donald Trump to the Republican nomination for the U.S. Presidency but was often described as the lesser of two evils by political experts. Fast forward to 2018 and Cruz has found himself once again in the eye of a political storm as his approval ratings in Texas continue to plummet in the face of a challenge in the Midterm elections from Democrat Beto O’Rourke; with the backing of End Citizens United, O’Rourke is hoping to build on a grassroots-funded campaign designed to draw attention to the election funding issues of Cruz.
The backing of the End Citizens United PAC which hopes to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United which allowed the almost limitless funding of election campaigns by Super PACs, billionaire donors, and private corporations, comes with a pledge from candidate O’Rourke not to accept funding from wealthy donors over the course of the campaign. End Citizens United was effective in running a similarly grassroots-funded campaign in Alabama when Doug Jones overcame Republican Roy Moore in a special election and set the template for achieving election success for the future.
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Established in 2015, End Citizens United has grown into one of the leading supporters of Democratic candidates in the U.S. with a growing list of members and donors so impressive it was used by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign. The decision to target the Senate seat of Ted Cruz may have seemed a strange one as the Senator has become one of the best-known members of the Republican Party but his reputation was damaged by an unsuccessful run for The White House and his response to many of the most pressing matters in the U.S. in 2017 and early 2018.
Despite beginning his career in politics with a 2010 Midterm election victory funded by members of the Tea Party and ignoring the rewards of special interest groups, Cruz has since become a major recipient of special interest funds alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan; both politicians were named to the list of targeted seats by End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller in December 2017 according to mothershipstrategies.com. Although Beto O’Rourke is largely unheard of in Texas with 61 percent of voters polled having no opinion on his political views, the member of the House of Representatives for El Paso sits just eight points behind Cruz in a recent poll from End Citizens United. The polls are thought to reflect the unhappiness many feel about the special interest concerns of Ted Cruz which End Citizens United believe are being placed above the needs of the people of Texas.
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