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2018 election

Four California Republicans targeted by group that wants to overturn Citizens United

 (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

A political action committee aimed at overturning Citizens United says it plans to spend millions in the 2018 midterms to elect Democrats who support campaign finance reform. 

On Tuesday, it announced that its top 20 targets include Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine). All four are on a watchlist for next year’s most vulnerable California House members.

“California represents some of the best opportunities and, frankly, some of the most egregious examples that we have seen,” said End Citizens United executive director Tiffany Muller in a call with reporters. Muller noted the fact that Hunter is currently under investigation for potential misuse of campaign funds, and the campaign contributions Issa has received from telecom companies.

End Citizens United was formed in 2015, and spent about $25.5 million in the 2016 election. Muller said the group plans to go after independent voters it says prioritize money in politics as a top issue.

Federal Election Commission reports show the group has already raised $11.5 million as of Oct. 30. The group’s leaders declined to say how much of the money will likely be spent on the four California districts.

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