When looking at the mechanics of our electoral system there may be no more consequential legal ruling than Citizens United. Often remembered as the ruling that made corporations people, it not only flooded the political landscape with money, but made that money less easy to track. Since that ruling End Citizens United, founded on March 1, 2015, has worked to reverse the ruling, backing pro-reform candidates with grassroots money rather than corporate handouts. Find out more about End Citizens United at indeed.com
While perhaps not a huge player in the 2018 Democratic election plan, Beto O’Rourke may make a splash with End Citizens United by making a credible run at Ted Cruz, failed presidential candidate and Texas Senator. Even coming close to deposing an incumbent Republican who ran a credible campaign for President in 2016 would be encouraging to Democrats everywhere, and in Texas particularly. Cruz’s lead has shrunk from 14-18% at the beginning of the year to 8%, according to an End Citizens United poll. Margins often tighten as elections loom, but why the big drop in support for Cruz? Find out more about the endorsed candidate at End Citizens United
Cruz Is His Own Worst Enemy
On some level the shrink has little to do with O’Rourke himself. In a poll 61% of likely Texas voters didn’t have an opinion of him or his policies. Cruz has begun hurting himself by being himself. Even among previous supporters Cruz’s opportunism and lack of general charisma are beginning to hurt him. Rejection on a national stage has merely demonstrated to voters at home that their misgivings are shared by the nation as a whole.
Strong Endorsements For O’Rourke
O’Rourke has gotten an endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters. A lot of voters across the political spectrum believe climate change and other environmental issues are important. They may sometimes disagree about what should be done, but endorsement from environmental groups is increasingly a good source of votes, and though End Citizens United has thus far only endorsed Democratic candidates “getting money out of politics” has a fair amount of cross-party support among voters.
Grasp Of Local, National And International Issues
O’Rourke has visited all of the 254 counties in Texas, spreading a message of good jobs, good education, affordable health care and welcoming immigrants. He’s weighed in against Trump moving the embassy in Israel and centered reuniting families separated at the border in his policy statements. If Cruz continues getting in his own way O’Rourke’s hard work may put his name in enough mouths to win, or at least afford some hope to Democrats in the solidly Republican Texas.
O’Rourke has done remarkably well by rejecting PAC money. Since the last quarter of 2017 he’s out-raised Cruz. Cruz’s acceptance of PACs means he has more cash on hand, however, exactly the kind of disparity End Citizens United hopes to combat. As rejecting PAC money becomes more popular among Democratic politicians ECU may see exactly the reforms they’d like.