The Democratic Party

of Hood County, Texas

Beto, Sí; PACs, No

October 22, 2018


One reason I will vote for Beto O’Rourke for the Senate is his position on Political Action Committees (PACs). Beto does not accept PAC money; his campaign is funded with donations averaging $33, all from individuals.

In contrast his opponent has received more than $800,000 from PACS, average of $73,830 each. Which of these candidates will be representing the individuals of this state, and which will be the PAC representative?

Since the legislation known as McCain-Feingold regulating financing of political campaigns was compromised by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, the level of PAC money in campaigns is unconscionable – and it makes those candidates unaccountable to us.

There are other reasons to support Beto. For instance, in Mr. Cruz’s website he lists actions he has taken or wants to take and two are related to opposing the Affordable Care Act.

Between 2013 and 2016, the number of uninsured individuals in Texas declined by 20.9 percent because of the ACA per the US Census Bureau. That will throw a lot of Texans off healthcare.

He is also in favor of undermining the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first-ever carbon standard for power plants. In fact, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced the formal process to change EPA rules and repeal the Clean Power Plan will begin on October 10, 2018. After that announcement Pruitt signed a formal proposal that would lead to the repeal of the Plan.

Further, Beto supports better treatment of teachers (salary, support, healthcare, and retirement), accessible health care for all, and maintaining family unity at the border (end the crime of child separation and imprisonment.

Join us in supporting a rational leader, Beto O’Rourke.