The 2018 Midterm elections may not take place under November but the campaigning season in many states has been upon us for many months in most states with Texas already identified as a key battleground for many Republicans and Democrats. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been seen as a major part of the Republican political machine for almost a decade after arriving in Washington D.C. as the latest member of the Tea Party to achieve success in an election campaign; despite his initial success coming as a member of the Tea Party funded solely by members, Ted Cruz has been identified by End Citizens United as one of the major recipients of corporate and individual PAC funds in recent months.
The Democratic candidate for Cruz’s seat in the Senate in 2018 is Beto O’Rourke who is the current member of the House of Representatives for El Paso and hopes to unseat the incumbent Cruz in the coming months. In contrast to the influx of big money to the campaign of Cruz, Beto O’Rourke has pledged not to accept any funding from PACs and billionaire donors as he sets out to complete a campaign solely funded by grassroots donors.
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The latest figures released by End Citizens United and the Federal Election Commission show the lack of big money entering his campaign has had little effect on Beto O’Rourke as he outperformed Cruz in fundraising over the last three months of 2017. O’Rourke raised over $2.4 million in campaign funds and Cruz around $1.9 million; however, Cruz still holds a significant advantage in terms of the $7 million his campaign has already raised compared to $4 million for Beto O’Rourke.
In the view of End Citizens United, Beto O’Rourke needs to raise a significant amount of funding in order to get his political views across to an electorate largely unaware of where he stands on specific issues, recent polls revealed 61 percent of Texan voters did not know the platform O’Rourke is standing on or his views on the influx of big money entering U.S. politics. End Citizens United conducted their own polls on the Cruz versus O’Rourke election and discovered an eight-point gap in favor of Cruz was in place at the close of 2017. As End Citizens United was founded on a desire to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court on campaign funding known as Citizens United, the traditional PAC which caps donations at $5,000 from grassroots members explained the pledge by O’Rourke on campaign funding and contrasted this with the $1.3 million in donations and tax breaks major donors received from Ted Cruz to potential voters to inspire a reversal of the polls with the Democrat leaping into a two-point lead.
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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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