The recent special election in Alabama to fill the vacated Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a controversial primary to say the least, with President Donald Trump endorsing Sen. Luther Strange. Strange was a clear Trump supporter and followed every lead from the administration. However, the primary election tallies resulted in Alabama Judge Roy Moore being elected as the Republican candidate in the upcoming special election on Dec. 12, 2017 that will determine the actual replacement for Sessions.
Following winning the primary, Roy Moore was quick to announce that he would still vote on federal legislation as instructed by the Republican leadership in support of President Trump. The fact that Trump endorsed his opponent apparently mattered very little. That will be changing now as his opponent in the Dec. 12 special election will be former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, who has been endorsed by the End Citizens United political action committee. Alabama is no doubt a conservative state, but the Democrats think they have a good candidate to challenge Moore.
End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller was also quick in response to Moore’s candidacy and honed in on his extreme positions on a wide variety of legal issues. Moore is well-known among the conservative Alabama voter base for personal views and willingness to interject them when making judicial decisions. And, that is not to mention his track record of conflict of interest regarding his controlling position with a charity that paid him a $1 million stipend.
His opponent Doug James is a former U.S.Attorney who has prosecuted numerous civil rights cases and has an outstanding record of integrity and honesty as a prosecutor. However, this is his first attempt at public office and he has had some difficulty raising funds. The endorsement from End Citizens United could very well serve as the catalyst necessary to build those coffers for the Jones and the Democratic Party, but it is also important to note that the particular district of Alabama has not elected a Democrat to any national office in over ten years.
End Citizens United is a political action committee with a mission to end corrupt political financing that became legal following the 2008 United States Supreme Court decision that determined political campaign contributions are a form of free speech and that corporations and organizations also have rights of personhood. The decision allowed for unlimited campaign contributions to any candidate as long as the contribution came from an American entity. The directive of the PAC is to make the name of the PAC an actual reality and is partnering with current representatives to introduce legislation that will overturn the SCOTUS ruling.
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