End Citizens United is a new Political Action Committee (PAC) committed to campaign finance reform. From the onset, End Citizens United wanted to be a big player in the 2016 elections. It gave millions of dollars to those running for competitive House and Senate races on a Democratic Party ticket. The group was launched in 2015. End Citizens United managed to collect over $2 million from small donors within the first month in operation. For the entire election period, the PAC projected that it would rake in over $25 million. The PAC’s main aim is to pass a constitutional amendment to invalidate the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. The ruling made by the court gave rise to super PACs and opened a wave of dark money into politics. More than 325,000 people signed the group’s petition demanding Congress to pass that kind of legislation. The group received a boost after partnering with Ready for Hillary, which increased the number of people supporting the petition. Notably, “Ready for Hillary” had over 4 million people who helped in reaching out to prospective liberal supporters.
End Citizens United announced its support for 11 Democratic candidates, including Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Many PACs have focused on the campaign finance reform, but Carbo notes that End Citizens United is different. Richard Carbo is End Citizens United’s communications director. The group enhances the conversation by getting people to be elected to the Congress, thus being able to reverse the current laws. To this end, the PAC has been supporting candidates who favor campaign finance reform and stand against PACs like Citizens United. In the early 2016, End Citizens United set up an independent expenditure division to financially support candidates through various initiatives such as direct mailers, television ads, and polling. Its objective was met with a lot of skepticism. Many campaign finance experts regarded it as unattainable. This information was originally reported on MSNBC.
By March of this year, the group had collected over $4 million. Before the 2018 midterm elections, End Citizens United projects that they will have raised $35 million. This contribution would be significant increase from the $25 million that they raised in the 2016 election. During the first three months of this year, 100,000 people contributed to the PAC. According to Tiffany Muller, 40,000 of them were first time contributors. Muller serves as the president and executive director of the entity. End Citizen United’s leaders say that their aim is to elect supporters of campaign finance reform. In addition, Tiffany noted that the average contribution that the group received this year had reached $12 million. End Citizens United’s contributors feel like the system is rigged against them, given that the wealthy have a bigger say. Supporting End Citizens United is their way of fighting against the rich. Moreover, the campaign’s momentum is enhanced by millions of Democrats who are unhappy with President Trump. This information was originally published USA Today.