End Citizens United, a group that was instrumental in the stunning election of Democratic Doug Jones as Alabama’s junior senator, has endorsed another progressive Democrat who is committed to justice and running for national office in a traditionally red district – Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb. Conor Lamb is running for the United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, which was vacated after the resignation of Rep. Tim Murphy (R), in a special election scheduled for March 13, 2018.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee or “PAC” funded by grassroots donors. That means it has brought together millions of small donors across the country in order to pool their resources and create a bigger impact in elections. This is how “the little guys” are fighting back after the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. This court case has allowed a few billionaires and giant corporations to spend unlimited, untraceable money to influence our elections. These billionaires have so far spent over $1 million in untraceable and unreported funds to bolster Mr. Lamb’s opponent.
End Citizens United has found a kindred spirit in Conor Lamb. “Conor Lamb is running for Congress to stand up for Pennsylvania families who have been ignored by the rigged system in Washington,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. Mr. Lamb plans to fight for Pennsylvania’s families by creating decent-paying jobs through a massive infrastructure bill, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and marshaling federal resources to address the opioid crisis ravaging towns throughout Pennsylvania. His comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis involves concrete proposals to secure federal funding for more rehabilitation facilities, longer rehab stays, and medical treatment upon release.
In addition to his impressive policy portfolio, Mr. Lamb also bring a singularly impressive resume to this campaign. He served as Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2014-2017, prosecuting drug dealers and violent criminals and establishing the Justice Department’s Pittsburgh office as a national leader in the fight against the heroin epidemic. Mr. Lamb has served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he still serves as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves.
End Citizens United is reported to be the first major endorsement for Conor Lamb, but it is clear many more organizations will be following its lead.
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