Doug Jones is End Citizens United (ECU) choice for the US Senate against Republican Roy Moore. The Democrat, a former US attorney, will take part in the special Alabama election to be held on December 12, 2017. In an announcement made on Wednesday, End Citizens United declared their support for Doug Jones saying that he would bring sanity in Washington. He is, therefore, the perfect fit to counter politicians such as Moore who are not concerned with the welfare of Alabamians and other Americans. The political action committee (PAC) praised Jones as a man of character and integrity saying that he would take the same commitment he showed as a tough prosecutor to the Senate. Jones, on the other hand, said he was looking forward to working with ECU to fix the broken system in favor of the people of Alabama, instead of those with deep pockets. Consequently, one of his main agendas is to curb the influence of corrupt money in the politics of the state.
Why Doug Jones
Further showing their support for their preferred candidate, End Citizens United described Moore as an extremist with a bigoted and racist agenda. ECU did not mince their words making it clear that a radical mindset such as the one fronted by Moore’s candidature should have no place in the Senate. The PAC believes that such a mindset is contrary to the values of Alabama and America. ECU is against Moore’s candidature because he is aligned with what they term as “shady special interest mega-donors” such as the Mercer family, and “dark-money” organizations such as the anti-LGBT group, Public Advocate. They have accused him of championing dangerous ideas such as saying the 9/11 attacks were a punishment on America and pushing the idea that President Obama was not born in America. As such, to ECU, a Jones candidature is the better alternative.
About End Citizens United
End Citizens United is a PAC focused on electing campaign finance reformers with a stand against Citizens United. The PAC is funded from the grassroots and was formed in March 2015 to counter the effects of a court ruling in favor of Citizens United allowing corporations to be treated like people. Due to the court ruling, big money from undisclosed sources has made its way into politics. ECU believes that this is a recipe for chaos and works against the people of America. It gives a leeway for the special interests of billionaires to take precedence over the interests of the ordinary American. With no accountability and transparency as to the source of election campaign finance, those with special interests can tip political power in their favor, hurting the needs and welfare of the typical American citizen. It is with this problem in mind that ECU was formed to advocate for campaign finance reforms and to pressure lawmakers into taking action to uphold transparency, traceability, and accountability in campaign finance.