A political action committee dedicated to ending dirty money in politics was launched in 2015. The PAC named End Citizens United was dedicated to making its name a reality in the 2016 elections by campaigning for financial reforms. This was to be done through channeling millions of dollars to Democratic Party candidates in Senate and competitive House races across the nation. In less than a month after its launch, End Citizens United contributed over $2 million from small donors and targeted to contribute between $25 million to $30 million.
End Citizens United major objective is to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, “Citizens United,” which led to increasing in dark money in the United States politics. A month after it was launched, over 325, 000 people had already signed it. Moreover, they partnered a super PAC, Ready for Hillary, to enable it to reach more liberal supporters. In a bid to reverse Citizens United, End Citizens United endorsed several leaders, who could push their agenda through while in power. To reverse such a ruling, End Citizens United will require must win from two-thirds of the House and the Senate and ratification from three-fourths of the states.
Target on 2018 Election
In 2017, End Citizens United raised $4 million and projects to raise $35 million before the 2018 congress elections. Given that the PAC spent $25 million in the 2016 presidential campaigns, this projected figure will be significantly huge. The first quarter of 2017 saw 100,000 people contributing to the PAC with 40,000 of them being new contributors. The donors of the PAC feel that the system is corrupt and only the individuals who can write huge checks have they opinions listened to. This coupled with Democrats fury about Trump’s win shows the momentum that they have to fight back in the 2018 congress elections.
Earlier this year, the PAC raised $ 4 million to support first-time House candidate Jon Ossoff. The PAC is evaluating the races, which it will fund in 2018, but indicated that it might consider defending Democratic senators Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester of Ohio and Montana respectively. The high rates of contribution by End Citizens United have attracted a lot of concerns from campaign finance committees, who are opposed to grassroots political cash collection. Although End Citizens United has put in place a funding cap of $5,000, the PAC was ranked among the top contributors of Democratic Party in 2016 elections. The fruits of this PAC were evident during Betsy DeVos confirmation when the Senate voted 50-50.
Overview of End Citizens United
End Citizens United was established in March 2015 with a mission to eliminate big money in politics. The driving goal of this PAC is to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court ruling named Citizens United, which allowed entrance of big and dirty money in politics. The PAC is funded by grassroots donors and is devoted to elect leaders who will fight to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling.