Conor Lamb got a boost in his bid for the Pennsylvania District Congress seat when End Citizens United announced its support for him. Running on a Democratic ticket, Lamb hopes to clinch the seat against his Republican rival Rick Saccone. The seat fell vacant after the resignation of Tim Murphy who has held it since 2003.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that is opposed to corporations funding political action committees. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that PACs were free to get funding from corporations. Those opposed to the idea argue that doing so is opening up US elections to be determined by who spends the most in their campaign. This shifts from the traditions in which politicians are elected based on their policy and agenda for the people and the nation.
This PAC came into existence in 2015. Their funds come from donations from small grass root groups. Although they are supporting Lamb, they are not affiliated with any political party. They offer their support to any candidate who ascribes to their goal of combating huge political funding from groups with selfish interests.
End Citizens United supports candidates hoping to get a majority of legislators who can move a constitutional amendment against the Supreme Court ruling on political action committees funding.
Conor Lamb has hinged his campaign on the promise to represent marginalized Pennsylvanian families. He has vowed not to accept donations from corporate leaders. However, he can receive funding from trade unions.
Unlike Lamb, Rick Saccone is being funded by wealthy corporate executives. They have spent $1.5 million in adverts, and they are ready to pump in more. They view 39-year-old Lamb as a strong candidate for the Democrats and are afraid he may outwit their Republican candidate. This fact became clear when President Donald Trump flew to Pennsylvania to drum up support for Saccone.
There are indications that more democratic supporters are following the race than Republican supporters in Pennsylvania district are. Although they supported Trump in his elections, they are disappointed with his performance. They argue that in the same way an army officer is removed for non-performance, a president like Trump should be removed if he fails to deliver on his promises.
Analysts report that with less than a month to the special election, voter turnout will determine the outcome.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) February 1, 2018
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