The End Citizens United is a political action committee that was formed in 2016 to campaign for finance reforms. The agency intended to become a big player in 2016 and channel funds to Democratic candidates running for elective positions in the competitive house and senate. The group was launched in August 2016, and within its first month of operation, it had raised more than $2 million. End Citizens United aimed at raising more than $30 million for the entire cycle of its operations.
Objectives of End Citizens United
End Citizens United’s primary goal was to make constitutional amendments to invalidate a decision by the Supreme Court termed as citizen’s united decisions. The Supreme Court’s decisions resulted in the rise of the super PACs, which led to the rise of dark money in politics. The group gained prevalence, and within its first month of institution, it already had more than 325,000 people signed for its petition.
The group’s fame and popularity was also propelled by its partnership with “Ready for Hillary.” According to Carbo, the group’s communication officer, the group was different from other campaign finance reform groups. It aimed at supporting individuals who when elected would push against the citizens united. End Citizens United also had sympathy on candidates who were under attack by dark-money groups.
The group was very critical in creating public awareness of the decision made by the Supreme Court. By doing so, End Citizens United created a balance in the political pressure both on the Supreme Court and the political actors. This balance ensured all things were in control.
Plans for the Future
In its bid to drive out big money out of politics, End Citizens United is raising big money on its own. During the first semester of this year, the group raised $4 million, and it has anticipated to raise $35 million before the 2018 midterm Congress elections. This amount will be much higher compared to what was raised by PAC in 2016.
The contribution made during the first quarter of this year was raised by an average of 100,000 people. Out of these, 40,000 never contributed in 2016. Therefore, this is an indication that more people are supporting the group’s aim to elect new campaign-finance reform champions to the Congress.
In a Nutshell
The group is riding on the fact that Democrats are not happy with the win of Donald Trump as the U.S president. Democrats are thus ready to fight back against Trump’s agenda’s and nominees, which includes his new appointee to the Supreme Court. Therefore, many Democrats will be willing to support End Citizens United group in their bid. End Citizens United has been able to rise to the top ranks of the Democratic-aligned groups.