Democratics candidate increasingly back End Citizens United

End Citizens United continues its drive to get corporate money out of politics. Groups like the Justice Democrats supports its efforts to end the influence of large-money donors. To further its goals, the groups backs a number of Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. Democratic Socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Connor Lamb have both said they will not take money from corporate-sponsored political action committees.

Why have these candidates, along with many of their Democratic Colleagues made the choice to take the End Citzens United pledge? When Senator Bernie Sanders accused the United States of being run by an oligarchy. The candidate did not say that it was an oligarchy run by corporate interests, but he might as well have. Find out more about End Citizens United at

The recent net neutrality debate is one example where corporate interests, particularly those of the telecommunications industry, ruled the debate. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai even lied to congress about a DdoS attack on FCC servers in order to pass a net neutrality bill. The former FCC chairman even joked about being a Verizon shill. Pai, an Obama-era appointee raised to his current position by Trump is a former Verizon attorney. End Citizens United was silent on the net neutrality issue, but it was portrayed as a Republican versus Democrats issue, when in fact tech savvy members of both parties preferred keeping the net neutrality rules in place.

The Atlantic describes the End Citizens United pledge as merely symbolic because most congressional candidates do not receive money from political action committees, but it is a move many American voters expect from their candidates. The pledge is not something only Democratic voters expect to see. Many Republican voters expect to see their candidates forsake corporate PAC money as well.

At the moment, only Democratic candidates have made such a pledge. End Citizens United continues to back candidates who make this pledge, but the organization will back any candidate who refuses to take such funds. The organization was founded after the ruling that reinforced the idea that corporations have all the same rights as other citizens.


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