The candidacy of a Democrat running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 18th District just got a major boost from national-ticket political action committee — the same group that already helped a Democrat win a U.S. Senate Seat in Alabama.
End Citizens United has announced that it will back Conor Lamb in a March 13 special election against Republican state lawmaker Rick Saccone. The seat was recently vacated by Rep. Tim Murphy who resigned in disgrace after a scandalous extramarital affair was made public.
Democrats like their chances in the Pennsylvania 18th despite the fact that it’s been a solid seat for Republicans for decades, and that Hillary Clinton was trounced by Donald Trump here in the 2016 presidential race.
But indications are that the voters in this southwest corner of the state are increasingly fed up with Trump. Also, Rick Saccone is viewed as something of a long-time political hack and little more than a rubber stamp for Trump.
Lamb, on the other hand, is a fresh face with a stellar career of accomplishments despite being just 33 years old. He is a former U.S. Marine officer and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania. In that job he scored an impressive list of legal victories, including striking blows against drug dealers involved in the opioid epidemic.
End Citizens United is keen for a Conor Lamb House victory because he supports the PAC’s goal of getting big money out of politics. End Citizens United was formed in 2015. The group is focused on overturning a disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision – called the Citizens United ruling — that opened the floodgates for big corporations to donate billions to political campaigns.
End Citizens United is expecting to raise some $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. It donated about $600,000 to Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones in his successful bid to defeat Republican Roy Moore in Alabama – a seat many thought could never be captured by a Democrat.
End Citizens United raises funds on a strictly grassroots basis, accepting no cash from big corporations or billionaires. The average contribution from hundreds of thousands of ordinary American voters has been about $14. Small donations from millions of working-class people is the way American elections are supposed to be won, say End Citizens United officials.
Flipping the Pennsylvania 18th District in March will be a key step in taking back the U.S. House from Republican control this November.
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