A March 13, 2018, special election in a region dominated by Republicans since it was gerrymandered by the GOP and won by President Donald Trump by some 20 percentage points should not be a district where Democrats are hoping to steal seats in a normal election year. However, End Citizens United have just pledged their support to Democrat Connor Lamb in the special election many feels will be closer than any commentators could imagine; in fact, both President Trump and Vice-President Pence are expected in the 18th Congressional District to campaign for Republican Rick Saccone to try and halt a string of Republican defeats since the Presidential election.
Former Federal Prosecutor and Marine, Lamb had failed to attract any major support until the arrival of End Citizens United who have pledged to fight to remove the influence of the billionaire class and corporate America from the U.S. elections. Named after the 2010 Supreme Court decision which allowed almost unlimited funding for so-called Super PAC’s, End Citizens United is registered as a traditional PAC limiting donations to a $5,000 maximum. As part of the announcement by End Citizens United President, Tiffany Muller, Conner Lamb pledged not to accept donations from groups affiliated with corporate America or billionaire donors. The pledge does not affect his ability to receive funding from groups linked to union groups as they are financed by the grassroots funding of members.
The special election is currently being held as a consequence of Republican Tim Murphy resigning from Congress after evidence of an affair and his insistence on the woman involved having an abortion led to his disgrace. End Citizens United aligned itself with the Democrats soon after being formed in 2015 as the group believes the party offers a better chance of changing election financing rules than the Republicans.
End Citizens United has already played an important role in the key victories taking place in special elections over the course of 2017 and received around $600,000 in financial support during the Alabama U.S. Senate special election won by Doug Jones towards the end of last year.
The need for support in the campaign of Conor Lamb is seen as vital in keeping the run of victories moving forward for Democrats who are facing a major advertising and door-knocking campaign in favor of Rock Saccone. The 18th District is seeing some of the major players from the GOP arrive to aid the possible election of Rick Saccone including the Congressional Leadership Fund which is linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan. In a bid to overcome one of the safest Republican seats in the history of the U.S. Congress, End Citizens United is hoping to build on its success to create a brighter future for the people of Pennsylvania.
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