End Citizens United Believes Ted Cruz Remains Damaged Following His Failed Presidential Bid

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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Betsy DeVos Works for Education Choice

Just before President Donald Trump rescinded the Obama administration’s requirement that public schools provide students with transgender bathrooms, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with a representative of the department’s transgender employees. She assured them that she opposed the move. Despite this, she publicly supported Trump’s move, calling the Obama-era requirement, “overreach.”

 

Though this causes some to conclude that Mrs. DeVos bowed to the administration’s pressure, people who have known her through her many years as the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman say she has always been a tough political fighter. She has also been an influential republican donor and a tireless advocate for charter schools and school vouchers in Michigan. Though she may appear gracious in public, they note, behind the scenes she has used her influence and power effectively. Using her strong position as one of the wealthiest donors in Michigan, she has rewarded political allies and punished political foes, ensuring those on her side rose while driving adversaries out of office.

 

Opponents of DeVos decry her opposition to public schools. They note that in Michigan, she has pushed hard to take funding away from public schools and increase public funding for charter schools. On the other hand, supporters see her as a beacon for educational freedom, allowing parents to have the choice in how their children are educated, rather than government bureaucrats. Betsy DeVos has created educational reform for decades through many non-profit roles.

 

In a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, she notes that she has never been more optimistic about the growth of charter schools. She cited the 250,000 students across America that are in 33 publicly-funded private school programs. She explained that support for public funding of private schools has increased in recent years as the public becomes more aware of public education’s shortfalls.

 

Ms. DeVos explained that she became interested in education reform after visiting Potter Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She saw how difficult it was for parents to afford educational costs. She also saw how the students benefitted from this private education. Because of this, she became involved in philanthropic efforts to help parents afford private schools. She further explained that both she and her husband became involved in the educational-choice movement through both involvement in the state board of education and multiple philanthropic efforts to assist low-income families with scholarships.

 

Ms. DeVos also underscored the importance of school choice in urban areas where parents are desperate for alternatives to the public school systems. She noted her efforts have succeeded nationwide, with her largest success in Florida. Florida now enjoys the nation’s largest growth in educational choice, with over 50,000 students attending the schools chosen by their families.

 

Born in Holland, Michigan, Betsy DeVos has had a strong belief in educational choice since her youth. Both she and her husband have supported the right of parents to make decisions regarding their children’s education and worked to provide parents with alternatives. Learn more: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/a-tale-of-two-betsy-devoses/518952/