One of the best-known figures in the Republican Party in 2018 is Senator Ted Cruz, the former Presidential candidate who pushed then-candidate Donald Trump all the way to the Convention prior to conceding defeat in the nomination race. The Senator for Texas is facing a reelection process during the 2018 Midterms in which Democrat Beto O’Rourke has decided to give up his seat in the House of Representatives to face the conservative former Tea Party member in the latest election campaigns the Democrats hope to use to restore their power in Washington.
Beto O’Rourke has now seen his list of endorsements grow with End Citizens United and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund both giving their support to the Democrat as he faces a struggle to get his message across to voters across Texas. Cruz is the overwhelming favorite for the Senate seat with more than $7 million raised for his campaign compared to just over $4 million by O’Rourke who has seen his own hopes buoyed by the endorsement of End Citizens United which has become one of the main PACs supporting Democrats across the U.S.
End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller not only named Cruz to her own list of political targets for the 2018 Midterm elections but revealed her traditional PAC has learned a great deal about campaigning over the course of the 2016 election season. Only formed in 2015, End Citizens United used the 2016 Presidential election campaign as a way of testing the theory of its leaders that the U.S. public cared a great deal about the current state of election campaign finance rules changed for the worse in the eyes of Tiffany Muller by the 2010 Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court. The desire to reverse the Supreme Court decision led to the establishment of the PAC and sees Tiffany Muller create a pledge for endorsed candidates not to accept donations from special interest groups or wealthy donors during election campaigns.
One area End Citizens United have identified as being of great importance is that of the growing level of support for campaign financing reform including halting payments such as the $1.3 million Ted Cruz has received over the course of his time in Washington from special interest groups. During the 2016 election season, End Citizens United discovered a traditional Democrat message did not play well with Republican voters but a message based on election financing reform saw a large number switch their vote to Democrat because of one issue alone; as 61 percent of Texans voting did not know the political platform of O’Rourke getting his message of financial reform across is vital as he leaped to the top of the polls with a two percent lead when the Democrat’s views on financial reform were placed front and center.