A special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb promises to highlight corruption and big money in politics associated with Saconne’s corporate donors. It also promises to highlight campaign finance laws, and the need for small individual donations in political campaigns, with the End Citizens United Pac now backing Lamb’s candidacy. Their network is comprised of small donations from individuals, such as union members.
End Citizens United backs candidates that support campaign finance reform. Their goal is to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed big money corporate contributions to flow into political campaigns. End Citizens United believe corporate money contributes to political corruption, and doesn’t encourage a government working on behalf of the people. Lamb is against accepting donations from corporate executives, unlike Saccone who has the financial backing of corporate heavyweights.
Republican corporate donors include a high ticket $5000.000 ad campaign by the 45Committee. Saccone is also backed by End Spending, who promised $1 million in ad buys. He also received a direct endorsement from Donald Trump, who gave his support at a political rally. In a year when American citizens are less likely to vote for establishment politicians, and are energized by change, republican big money donors may not be enough to win the race.
For instance, in a little over a year voters across the nation have flipped one U.S. senate seat, one governor’s seat, and 34 state legislative seats. This may not bode well in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Establishment politicians have also taken a back seat to honesty and a strong voice.
Lamb is a veteran of the marines, and a former federal prosecutor, and has campaigned across the 18th district in recent weeks. He’s been welcomed by huge crowds who recognize opportunities for change. Lamb is, however, battling against big money, and republican influence, which is one of the reasons for the End Citizen’s United backing. For instance, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super PAC, promises to open a field office in the 18th district. Vice President Mike Pence also said he plans to campaign.
The White House and big money interests, however, may not be enough to secure a republican win. Democrats have voted in high numbers in state elections, and are weary of corrupt practices. All reasons why Lamb, in the Congressional 18th District Special Election, may have more than an excellent chance of winning.
We’re proud to stand with Conor Lamb! He’s rejecting all corporate PAC money because his focus is on working families, not deep-pocketed mega-donors.
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