The political world is in complete upheaval right now, thanks in large part to the election of Donald Trump and the systematical dismantling of our nations most proud institutions due to Trump’s administration. With all of that being said, hope has not been lost and there are groups working tirelessly in order to ensure that changes back to normalcy are coming. One of those groups is End Citizens United, a political action committee, and they are looking to make an impact in one election specifically — the Pennsylvania Special Election that is coming up on March 13th.
In 2018 we are looking at a huge year of elections and this could possibly be one of the most important election years in recent memory. In 2018 the Congressional Midterms will begin and there is hope around the nation that a corresponding Blue Wave will be coming. For that Blue Wave to take effect, Democratic nominee Conor Lamb will have to find success in a traditionally red district against a Republican by the name of Rick Saccone. Saccone is a 59-year-old former military intelligence officer who has the backing of Donald Trump himself.
Conor Lamb is only 33-years-old but he has already established himself as someone who can flourish in a traditional red area thanks to his reach into both mill towns and rural areas. Lamb’s going to still need some help overcoming the Republican money-making machine. Thankfully, End Citizens United is stepping in to help fulfill that mission.
End Citizens United has been making noise for the past two years as one of the most prominent grassroots, progressive fundraising groups. End Citizens United was established in order to make their name a reality by introducing progressive legislators into the highest levels of government in order to repeal the 2010 SCOTUS decision regarding the conservative group Citizens United. The Citizens United decision essentially allowed corporations and big businesses unfettered access to introducing dark money into politics. The reasons why this are bad remain pretty obvious.
End Citizens United’s decision to endorse Conor Lamb shouldn’t surprise anyone. Lamb has already agreed to champion progressive politics in areas that he finds agreeable and he has also become a champion for campaign finance reform. Right now, Democrats are sweeping through the nation taking House seats and if Lamb finds success then the movement could gain even more momentum. Still, Lamb and ECU have a lot of work ahead of them.