End Citizens United is an organization intent on dismantling campaign financial politics by pushing for new campaign finance reform. The political action committee came together out of a singular goal to reverse the Citizens United decision passed by the Supreme Court in 2010. The legislation is considered by many to be the formative factor in the creation of large super PACs, which has allowed an unprecedented amount of money to move into politics. When money moves in, its owners get to control too many aspects of a politician’s life and ultimately his or her politics.
The organization will begin its push to dismantle the Supreme Court‘s Citizens United decision by raising money to funnel into democratic candidates. These democratic candidates will then hopefully win their races against their republican constituents. In order for these democratic candidates to be backed, however, they will have to be actively working towards campaign finance reform or be in favor of the movement. Once these candidates have been elected, End Citizens United will have brought together enough candidates in favor of the reform to actually create reform.
So far, one of the most prominent problems facing campaign finance reform advocates is the lack of interest in actually pushing through reform. With the current political landscape filled with more naysayers than supporters, campaign finance reform has been stuck and measures that could make a real difference have been halted. As of April 5, 2017 the group had raised a reported $4m but have projections that a whopping $35 million will be raised by the end of 2017 in time for the 2018 midterm elections. In fact, the $4m raised thus far was collected in a meager three months. The End Citizens United PAC, in comparison, took in $25m from the election cycle in 2016. $35 would be a big step up and would help to make the PAC a real player in the next election cycle where they could work to take out PACS including their own.
End Citizens United has every reason to be optimistic as 100,000 people contributed in the first quarter of 2017 with as many as 40,000 people giving donations for the first time as reported in USA Today. You can join together with members of End Citizens United by donating online or in person. Support the cause and help to take corporate control out of American elections through campaign finance reform.