In the weeks prior to the 2017 Holiday season the political action committee, End Citizens United announced their campaign to reform the biased election finance rules in the U.S. had resulted in them targeting a number of Republican politicians known for accepting the largest donations from special interest groups. Although many of those targeted by the traditional PAC established in 2015 were in marginal constituencies the names of House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz stood out as of great importance.
The Texas Senate seat of Ted Cruz is now the site of a close election battle between the incumbent Republican and former House Representative for El Paso, Beto O’Rourke which is drawing closer with each passing day. Now endorsed by End Citizens United, O’Rourke is polling closer to the level of Cruz, who many believe is largely defeating himself with a low approval rating which sees 49 percent of Texas voters disapprove of his work in Washington. This high disapproval rating for Senator Cruz has seen the gap between himself and his Democrat challenger fall since the end of 2017 when it stood at 18 percentage points to just eight points by February 2018.
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Recent polling by End Citizens United has identified the major issue for Beto O’Rourke as a lack of understanding about the platform he is standing for in the forthcoming November election; a high number of voters did not know the reasons why O’Rourke is standing but when his anti-“big money” in politics views were explained he took a two percent lead in polls. The irony of the latest election campaign is Ted Cruz initially shocked Texas by standing as part of a grassroots campaign begun within the “Tea Party” which did not include funding from major PACs or special interest groups.
Over the course of his eight-year career in Washington D.C., Cruz has seen a major change in the way he conducts his campaigning with the focus now placed firmly on special interest groups. Cruz is reported to have accepted at least $1.3 million in funding from Special interest groups and remains committed to accepting this form of funding for the long-term despite the fact the majority of voters are now looking at the 2010 Citizens United decision as a reason for the problems affecting the nation according to politifact.com. The campaign of Beto O’Rourke is now focusing squarely on the finance issue following the decision of Ted Cruz to vote for the major tax breaks received by the wealthiest in the land under the Bill put forward by The White House.
Super PAC donors have donated nearly double ($285 million) in 2018 compared to what they gave at this point in 2014. https://t.co/GO6R8jXkQk
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