In southwestern Pennsylvania, near the Ohio and West Virginia borders, is the state’s 18th Congressional District which faces a special election following the sudden resignation of Republican Tim Murphy. Despite the fact that the district favored President Trump by more than 20 points in the last election, there is some belief that Democratic candidate Conor Lamb can pull off what would be a fairly monumental upset.
In addition to gaining the support of local and statewide Union groups like the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Mr. Lamb has recently gained the endorsement of national PAC End Citizens United. In a statement announcing their support, End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller noted that Conor Lamb is on the side of those who aren’t being heard by the bigwigs in our nation’s capital, and that the members of the PAC she represents were ready and willing to fight against “shady special interests” that try to essentially buy political races for their cronies.
Likely candidates for some of those “shady special interests” that Muller was referring to are some of those groups supporting Lamb’s opponent, Republican Rick Saccone. These include the pro-Trump 45Committee, which has spent more than $500,000 so far, and the ironically named, billionaire-backed super PAC Ending Spending, which has spent more than $1 million so far in their support of Mr. Saccone. As part of a statement acknowledging the support of End Citizens United, Mr. Lamb has pledged not to accept donations from PACs backed by corporate executives like the two mentioned above supporting his opponent.
Founded in 2015, End Citizens United is determined to support candidates who oppose, and seek to overturn, the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opened the doors for special interest groups to spend unregulated and virtually unlimited amounts of money for or against specific candidates. As such, End Citizens United is driven by grassroots donations. They raised $600,000 for the successful campaign of Democrat Doug Jones in last December’s special election in Alabama, and they hope to raise in excess of $35 million for the 2018 election cycle. They have not stated how much money, if any, they are spending in support of Mr. Lamb as of yet.
It is obvious however, that they hope that the center-leaning, former federal prosecutor, and Marine Corps veteran Conor Lamb can pull off the monumental upset. If he does so, it will be on the strength of his platform proposing creating decent-paying jobs via massive infrastructure improvements, protecting the vital benefits that Medicare and Social Security provides to his aging constituents, and tackling the opiod crisis that is ravaging the Midwest. With these positions, it just might be possible for Mr. Lamb to pull off a Herculean feat.
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