There is an open US congressional seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. The special election will be held on March 13th and the two political candidates for it are a Democrat, Conor Lamb, and a Republican, Rick Saccone. The seat is up for grabs because the previous occupant, Republican Tim Murphy, had to resign. He had been one of the strongest advocates for bans on abortion in Congress but that story fell apart when it turned out he was carrying on an affair unbeknownst to his wife and urged the woman involved to have an abortion after he got her pregnant.
Conor Lamb is a strong candidate, although he is running in a district that has voted Republican for many years. He is 33 years old and has served in the Marines and has also been an assistant United States attorney. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hasn’t supported him that well, though, but they did buy $224,000 worth of television ads to support his candidacy. The hope is that this funding will prompt other big donors to start contributing larger amounts to this race.
One of the bigger national political action committees to endorse Conor Lamb is End Citizens United. They back politicians who support campaign finance reform that will reduce the amount big corporations and PACS organized by the richest 1% can spend on any political campaign. Conor Lamb has pledged to support this cause which led to End Citizens United endorsing him.
Conor Lamb has been enthusiastically supported by labor unions in his district and his speaking events have drawn huge crowds. There is a high level of Democratic enthusiasm this election cycle because they are hoping to stop Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell’s gameplan of destroying the middle and lower classes so that the rich can get the vast majority of the benefit in regards to paying lower taxes.
End Citizens United came about when the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that corporations and people could spend as much as they desire on political races. This has undermined the country because many politicians are now completely beholden to these sources of their money. End Citizens United wants to put in office politicians who will put in place sensible campaign finance reform with the goal of ultimately introducing a constitutional amendment that enshrines what any one entity can give to politicians in an effort to buy them off.
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