“The early bird gets the worm” and “The worm has turned” are two expressions that certainly apply to the 2018 election, where endorsements and campaign announcements follow through. The “early bird” applies to the PAC (Political Action Committee) End Citizens United (ECU) and its endorsement of Senator Sheldon Whitehorse (D) RI.
“The worm” fits Whitehorse’s opposition to the Citizens United decision handed down by the Supreme Court. The decision expands the monetary contributions that corporations are allowed make to candidate’s campaigns. The expression fits, because traditionally the Democratic Party is known for political and social change, while republicans are notorious for their nearly compulsive voting records and political interactions.
This endorsement, similar to all others made by End Citizens United, is strategically and politically designed to yield critical results in overturning the 2010 decision. In Whitehorse’s case, its potential to make political waves is twofold. First off, it is a smart move because incumbents usually retain their positions when campaigning. So, backing the Rhode Island senator is something like putting extra wind in his sails. Secondly, it just makes since as the senator has a long history of championing transparency in political donations.
Whitehorse is even on record for pointing to Justice Neil Gorsuch as a benefactor of questionable funding, in regards to his (Gorsuch) nomination. As a counteraction to this calling out of Gorsuch, one-time member of the Republican Party John Loughlin says that Whitehorse himself turns a blind eye to funding with less than spotless sources for democratic candidates. But, sometimes the only thing that gets rid of an illness in a body is exposure to it, metaphorically speaking.
In the meantime, Senator Whitehorse has to plan a message and political agenda for his constituency and the ever elusive non-voters, in upcoming elections. In the 2018 election cycle, he is to have competition from two possible opponents. For sure, Coventry state Representative Robert Nardolillo plans to throw his hat in the ring. And, to raise the stakes and shake things up a bit, one-time state Supreme Court Justice Roberts Flanders is on the fence as to whether he plans to run or not.
Regardless of what Republican Party members is the state of Rhode Island intend to do, the mission of End Citizens United remains the same. It is actually in the name of the PAC. And, just like the best way to make sure a virus does no future harm to a body is to expose an organism to it, ECU continues to use “big money” in the political arena to drive “dark money” out.
What is the difference? In ECU’s and the Democratic Party’s case, the large amounts of money they use to fight political battles actually comes from hundreds of thousands of donors giving smaller increments to enact change. It resembles something like a voting constituency, as opposed to large corporate backing that tends to support republican candidates.