There is a special election being held in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. The Republican contender for this seat is Rick Saccone who has been extensively supported by outside spending groups. The Democrat contender is Conor Lamb. End Citizens United recently announced their endorsement of Conor Lamb as he has committed to doing his part to pass sensible campaign spending legislation. End Citizens United is opposed to the big money that is flowing into politics and backs candidates who feel the same way.
The special election vote will occur on March 13. The seat is open because the prior occupant, Republican Tim Murphy, resigned from Congress after it was revealed that he had been cheating on his wife with another woman. He also had asked her to have an abortion after fighting for years against abortion rights.
The president of End Citizens United, Tiffany Miller, said that the people of Pennsylvania have gotten sick of the rigged system in Washington D.C. She said that special interests were trying to buy Rick Saccone a seat and the supporters of her political action committee were dedicated to fighting back against this.
In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling that removed the amount of political spending that corporations and wealthy people could spend on politics. This is the court case that End Citizens United is named after because they ultimately want a constitutional amendment to put back in place sensible campaign financing restrictions. End Citizens United only accepts money from small-dollar contributors from across the United States.
When it was announced that End Citizens United was endorsing him, Conor Lamb committed to not accepting any PAC money that came from corporate executives. Because unions are funded by the individuals that make it up he will continue to accept that sort of donations. He went on to say that the system of government is broken and one of the main reasons why is because of how messed up our campaign finance system now is.
Rick Saccone, on the other hand, is accepting a lot of money and support from corporate executives outside of the state of Pennsylvania. One example is 45Committee which is made up of Donald Trump supporters. They bought $500,000 worth of ad time and are using it to run negative spots against Conor Lamb. Another $1,000,000 is being spent by another similar PAC called Ending Spending.
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