Washington, D.C. – End Citizens United (ECU) today announced its first round of House endorsements for the 2018 cycle. The list includes 19 champions of campaign finance reform across 11 states. This first round of endorsements will allow ECU to connect those candidates with its over 3 million grassroots members and run advocacy activities to elevate campaign finance reform as a critical campaign issue.
The full list of endorsed candidates includes: Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), John Sarbanes (MD-3), Elijah Cummings (MD-7), Jamie Raskin(MD-8), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Jan Schakoswky (IL-9), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Jacky Rosen (NV-3), Ruben Kihuen (NV-4), Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1),Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-7).
“In 2018, we can elect a majority in the House of Representatives that will fight to end the corroding influence that Big Money has on our democracy. Despite President Trump’s promise to ‘drain the swamp,’ in his first 100 days he’s failed to put forward a plan and has filled his administration with billionaire donors and leaders of corporate special interests. Big Money is calling the shots in Washington, and these candidates are taking it on,” said Tiffany Muller, executive director of End Citizens United. “The American people don’t want their government sold to the highest bidder. ECU will work with our endorsed candidates to beat back the Super PACs and dark money groups attempting to hijack our democracy.”
As an example of ECU’s impact, in the Georgia 6th district special election, ECU and its members raised over $825,000, with an average contribution of $14, ran paid media for Ossoff which included the digital ad “Tireless and Effective,” and worked with local and national media to help promote Ossoff’s progressive message. In the 2016 cycle, ECU was one of the largest progressive groups to spend in competitive Senate and House races, helping to elect 15 new Members of Congress, including Senator Maggie Hassan and Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto.
The House endorsements follow an exciting month for the grassroots-funded political action committee. In April, the group announced that it is projected to raise $35 million for the 2018 cycle, entirely through small dollar donations, with $4 million from 100,000 donors already raised in Q1 of the off-year. The 2018 haul will surpass the $25 million it raised for the 2016 elections. End Citizens United was the 3rd largest federal PAC in the 2016 cycle with more than 3 million members and 330,000 donors.