End Citizens United is a political action committee that seeks to reverse the effects of the Supreme Court ruling that resulted in political campaigns becoming awash in dark money. They back politicians who have pledged to support campaign finance reform which to date has only been Democratic candidates. This PAC puts money on competitive Senate and House races across the United States.
The result that End Citizens United is seeking to eventually accomplish is a constitutional amendment which limits how much corporations and wealthy individuals can donate to any race. There used to be limits such as this but in a ruling made by the Supreme Court it was decided that this was an unconstitutional limit on their rights to free speech. Ever since this 2010 decision by the Supreme Court there have been super PACs created which spend incredible amounts of money swaying voter’s opinions to the candidate the super PAC backs.
End Citizens United endorsed 11 Democratic candidates during the 2016 Presidential elections. Among these were two former Democratic Senators, Michael Bennet in Colorado and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. They’re looking to back more candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.
There are other PACs that also support campaign finance reform. However, those PACs are focused on lobbying existing politicians for their cause. End Citizens United is different because they seek to have politicians elected who support this cause. They support these candidates through releasing television ads and direct mailers.
End Citizens United is seeking to enact meaningful campaign finance reforms not just on the federal level but also on the state level.
The eventual passing of a constitutional amendment will be tough. In order for an amendment like this to pass it must win consent from not only two-thirds of both the House and Senate but it also needs to then be ratified by three-fourths of the 50 states. Due to this difficulty, a constitutional amendment hasn’t been passed since 1992.
In the last election cycle End Citizens United brought in $25 million in donations. They are expecting to greatly exceed this figure in the 2018 midterms. In just January through March of 2017 this PAC raised $4 million from small donors. They now expect to raise $35 million in total to support their chosen politicians. The money that this PAC rose during the first quarter of 2017 came from a little more than 100,000 different individuals. As these are small donors the average amount each gave was $12.
Galvanizing a great many people for the next election is that Donald Trump is now President of the United States. This has angered a large swatch of the American people and they want to fight back against is horrendous policies.