End Citizens United Names Four California Republicans To Defeat In 2018

End Citizens United is a Washington D.C. based political action committee that advocates for campaign finance reform. For the upcoming 2018 midterm elections they have concentrated on 20 Republicans that are incumbents in the United State’s Congress and Senate. Four of these are in California and they are deemed as some of the most vulnerable to losing their seats in these elections. These four Republicans are Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Rep. Mimi Walter of Irvine, and Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista.

As the executive director of End Citizens United, Tiffany Miller said that in these elections California races are some of the best opportunities for winning seats currently occupied by Republicans. She also said that the four her organization are targeting in 2018 in California represent some of the worse politicians in the nation. She pointed out that Duncan Hunter is currently being investigated. He is suspected of misusing campaign funds. Darrell Issa is also being investigated for this in regards to money he accepted from telecom companies.

End Citizens United was established in 2015. Its mission is to fight back against the big money that has taken over politics. Much of this started in 2010 when the US Supreme Court made a very controversial ruling in a case before it. The case was Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission. The judges ruled that limits on independent expenditure group spending were unconstitutional. This opened up the door for rich corporations and individuals to basically buy elections.

For its first election cycle End Citizens United was able to raise and spend over $25 million. As of the end of October, they have raised $11.5 million to spend on the 2018 elections. They raise money strictly from small donors. They have also thrown their support for Democrats by endorsing candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, Russ Feingold, Maggie Hassan, and Catherine Cortez Masto.

End Citizens United supports their mission in four main ways. First, they work to help elect candidates who are pro-election law reform. Second, they raise awareness of the role that money is now playing in politics. Third, they support ballot measure campaigns in individual states that are seeking to reform campaign finance laws in their states. And fourth, they want to show that grassroots membership can once again be a powerful force in politics when combatting big money, and http://endcitizensunited.org/about/.

In order to help raise awareness of their mission End Citizens United also maintains a Facebook page where they talk about the issue of money in politics. They post recent articles, for example, and show videos of how people are trying to make a difference. One recent video showed how people across the nation are becoming more aware that some politicians have been bought off by powerful special interests.

George Soros continues winning streak with local prosecutor elections

George Soros has gained much attention for his huge donations to the Hillary Clinton campaign. But that $25,000,000 losing bet has obscured the string of smaller, but no less important victories that he has accumulated at the local level. Throughout 2016, George Soros spent additional millions on local prosecutor, sheriff and judge races from Colorado to Florida. Unlike his large losses in donating to the Kerry and Clinton presidential campaigns, the money spent in local elections has proven to be wise investing.

To the hammer of justice, every arrestee is a nail

One of the most powerful positions in the U.S. criminal justice system is that of prosecuting attorney. Prosecutors on Politico have the discretion to decide who is and is not charged with a crime. But they also have the power to sign off on how many resources are expended on any given case as well as who is extended plea offers. What this all amounts to, in practice, is a virtual dictatorship on who goes to prison and who goes free. Soros recognized this fact of U.S. realpolitik on Biography and set out to reform the criminal justice system at its very foundation, the people who tend the prison gates.

In Florida, philanthropist billionaire George Soros, through a political action committee, spend over $1,300,000 on behalf of the progressive candidate Aramis Ayala. Ayala was vying to become the first black prosecuting attorney in the state of Florida. Running for Orlando prosecutor, she campaigned on promises to forge new bonds between the police and communities of color as well as reversing some of the perceived racial discrimination unleashed throughout the tenure of her opponent, Jeff Ashton.

For his part, Ashton had amassed an ugly record of over-represented minorities being charged with a whole host of crimes, including non-violent drug offenses. Ayala offered to counter this by using discretion on a case-by-case basis and not weighting prior convictions, a constant trait of minority offenders, with such gravity in the decisions to bring charges and seek sentences. Ultimately, the people of Orlando believed Ayala’s message, and she won in a landslide. This was in no small part due to the largest of George Soros’ PAC, with pro-Ayala television and radio ads utterly dominating the airwaves and few appearing on behalf of Jeff Ashton.

Soros underwrote similarly victorious races in Louisiana, Colorado and Mississippi. In the case of the latter state, Soros backed candidate Scott Colom’s race to represent a four county area as state prosecutor. Colom won handsomely, running on a platform of broad criminal justice reform similar to that of Orlando’s Ayala. Even more than Ayala, Colom’s reign seems to be having tangible effects. He has said that he is focusing on sternly prosecuting violent crime while seeking every opportunity to give low-level and non-violent drug offenders a second chance. Colom sees low-level drug offenses as a sort of gateway into the prison system and a life of criminality. By diverting these vulnerable convicts away from the hard core criminal element, he hopes to give them the wakeup call they need while not sending them to the criminal universities of the state prison system.