End Citizens United, popularly known as ECU, recently issued a statement that it has given an endorsement to four Illinois candidates to run for the US House of Representatives. These candidates include Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Betsy Londrigan (IL-13), Sean Casten (IL-06) and Brad Schneider (IL-10). The president of the ECU, Tiffany Muller, said that too many of the political players at Capitol Hill are beholden to million-dollar special interest groups. Muller added that Big Money was corrupting the democratic system of the United States which has a long history. He also added that big corporations and oil companies were lobbying for their selfish interests and leaving every citizen from Illinois behind.
The presence of dark money is a threat to the basic foundations of our democracy
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) May 4, 2018
Muller said that the four candidates had committed to fight for meaningful reform in the halls of Washington. The candidates, if elected into office, would fight for reforms on the issues that affected Illinois families such as health care, education and the economy. Muller added that End Citizens United took pride in endorsing the candidates for office and that the organization was looking forward to helping them win the forthcoming mid term elections in November. Another member of the US Congress, Brad Schneider, said that he was humbled and honored at the same time to have received the endorsement of End Citizens United in the 2018 mid-term elections. Schneider added that people must rise and put the disastrous decision of Citizens United back to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
He said that End Citizens United must rein the untraceable and unlimited dark money that had been unlocked by Citizens United. Congressman Schneider also said that he was looking forward to working with end Citizens United to promote accountability and transparency back to the American electoral system and retain American democracy to its former glory. The candidate for IL-06, Sean Casten, said that it would be difficult to see any form of progress on the issues that affected the lives of Americans without getting dark money out of the electoral system.
Casten added that the work of End Citizens United and other activists groups was extremely crucial to the restoration of democracy, equality and accountability in the US electoral process. End Citizens United has also given an endorsement to four other candidates in the state of Illinois. These will assist the candidates to compete on an even ground with Big Money special interest groups. ECU will connect the candidates with over 400,000 small-dollar donors as well as the over 148,000 grassroots members in the state of Illinois.
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