End Citizens United is a new political action committee which came into existence just before the 2016 elections with an agenda of campaign finance reform starting with the 2016 elections. Its plan was to organize the collection of tens of millions of dollars in support of the Democratic candidates participating in the several house and senate committee races across the nation.
The ultimate objective of the End Citizen’s Campaign, of course, is to get a constitutional amendment passed that would help reverse the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that gave rise to a significant number of PACs, which caused a tsunami of money from dubious sources to be raised.
A petition drafted by End Citizen’s United asking the Congress to pass such legislation was signed by hundreds of thousands of people. They also announced the endorsement of 11 Democratic candidates, including names such as former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.
While this has certainly not been the only PAC to have taken up the issue of poll financing reform, where End Citizens United is different lies in its endeavor to get people elected who would then politically push their agenda. The idea was to support a candidate who favored political campaign reform and helping those beleaguered by the campaign of billionaire conservative Koch brothers and other dark money group.
The fact of the matter is that End Citizens United went ahead and collected more than 3 million dollars in the first three months of 2017. What’s more, the PAC anticipates that it should be able to raise $35 million in time for the 2018 mid-term elections for the Congress. This would be a lot more than the $25 million it had ultimately been able to raise in the lead up to the 2016 elections
As many as a hundred thousand people contributed to the PAC in the first three months of this year. Of these, a whopping 40000 were first-time donors. This works out to an average contribution of $12. Many of the donors are from among those who feel that the donation system is rigged against small-time donors. Others are die-hard Democratic supporters who want to fight the current President’s agenda, including his supreme court pick Judge Neil Gorsuch.
More recently the committee urged its members to help contribute a sum of $500,000 towards the congressional campaign of Democrat Jon Ostroff. The committee is also actively considering supporting Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jon Tester of Montana next year in defending their seats.
As its name suggests, the group’s ideology stems from its mission of fighting against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Going by how it has progressed so far that goal may be achieved one day.