Political action committees elicit a lot of attention and debate, especially when the elections period draws closer. One such committee, End Citizen United, has continuously hit the headlines mainly due to its dedication to champion for campaign finance reform and become a significant player in 2016. It plans to put in tens of millions of dollars to fund Democratic candidates, especially those running in both Senate and House races nationwide.
End Citizen United’s ultimate objective is to pass a constitutional amendment that reverses the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision made in 2010. This decision is attributed to triggering the rise of super PACs in 2010 and releasing a tidal wave of dark money into the political scene. In an effort to get the court to overturn the ruling, End Citizen United led more than 325,000 individuals to sign its petition demanding Congress to pass the bill. The rise in the number of people signing the petition was imminent citing the group’s partnership with Ready for Hillary. As such, it aimed at renting out its email list, which comprises of over four million individuals, in an effort of accessing more potential liberal supporters.
The question in many people’s mind is why End Citizen United is not supporting Republicans. Although most Independent and Republican voters concurred that anonymous secret political spending was out of proportion, the Republican leadership in Congress proved to be a major impediment to overturning the Supreme Court’s ruling.
2018 Midterm Elections for Congress
End Citizen United has recently been gearing itself financially ahead of the oncoming 2018 midterm Congress elections. As such, the group hopes to fundraise about $35 million before the elections. The projected amount would be a significant increment compared to the $25 million that was raised during the 2016 election, which marked the group’s first election cycle.
According to Tiffany Muller, End Citizen United’s executive director and president, nearly 100,000 individuals contributed to the group during this year’s first quarter. In fact, 40,000 of those people were those that donated money for the first time. According to End Citizens United’s leaders, the group’s goal is to elect champions of campaign-finance reform to Congress.
Muller cited that the average contribution received by the group this year reached $12. In fact, she went ahead to say that Democrats have extra momentum considering President’s Trump’s win during the 2016 heavily contested elections. Hence, they are prepared to fight back against his agenda and nominees including his selection for Supreme Court Judge, Neil Gorsuch.
End Citizen United draws its name from the 2010 Citizen United decision by the Supreme Court. The group functions as a conventional PAC and cannot receive donations that exceed $5000 from a single donor. Despite this cap on donations, End Citizen United’s fundraising in 2016 propelled it to the high ranks of groups aligned to the Democratic side’s spending during the 2016 elections.