With the United States in the grip of President Donald J. Trump and the Republican congress, groups like End Citizens United know the only way the Democrats can take back power is by playing by Republican rules. This is why these sorts of groups are raising as much money as possible in order to get their message out there and take back congress in 2018.
While the midterm elections still seem a ways off, it’s never too early to start raising as much money as they possibly can. Back in April, USA Today reported End Citizens United had already raised more than $4 million in the first three months of 2017. That number is even more impressive when you underline just how quickly the cash was raised and how far away we still are from those mid term elections.
In total, the group has taken that $4 million and projected it will be able to come up with about $35 million by the time the 2018 elections roll around. That’s a hefty sum of money to most people, though it should be pointed out that there is likely going to be tens of billions of dollars spent when the smoke clears from those midterms. The organization is also well aware that in order to succeed, it is going to have to do more than just get new Democrats elected.
In order to try and hold onto the seats they have, while adding new seats, End Citizens United is going to need to make sure the Democrats they consider allies are strong in their fight to win their own reelections. One such Democrat is Senator Bill Nelson, who appears to be on extremely firm footing when it comes to holding his seat.
At the moment, Nelson does not have a Republican opponent in the race. Despite the fact that no one has officially announced they are running against him, Nelson said he raised more than $2 million in the three month period that ended June 30. End Citizens United has said that should he need to be getting more funding as the midterm elections draw closer, he is exactly the kind of candidate the organization will be supporting.
If someone does get into the race, someone like Florida Governor Rick Scott, fund raising is going to have to increase. Scott, already a billionaire, can lean on his own funds, as well as donors with deep pockets. Nelson and the Democrats are going to have to keep a steady flow of money coming in. This is how End Citizens United becomes a force for good when it comes to the Democratic party. The organization can tap into resources Nelson might not be able to use.