End Citizen United is a Political Action Committee, PAC, founded in March but launched officially in August 2015. The principle objective of the PAC is to reverse the decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 that allowed corporate bodies and unions to support political candidates. The ruling led to the formation of super PACs and created a pathway for dark money into the political arena. Within three months of its formation, more than 325,000 people had signed in support of the PAC’s petition to have the ruling amended.
Unlike other similar political action committees that agitate for reforms in political campaign financing, End Citizen United has focused on doing more than talk. It is working towards electing to the congress persons who have indicated support for these reforms as well as victims of the Super PACs. Though the US has never passed any amendment in the last 25 years, the pro-reform group believes that continuing its fight for campaign reforms will put enough political pressure on the Supreme Court and legislators to reconsider the decision.
The PAC received a significant backing during the first election it took part in, the 2016 cycle. It raised $25 million from its small-dollar donors to become the third largest spender in the election. It used the finances to support and elect fifteen new members to the Congress. Similarly, the members of the PAC aided the election of Jon Ossof in the April 18th, 2017 Georgia’s special election. End Citizen United raised more than $900,000 to support Ossof’s election.
Early this year the End Citizen United group began a series of fundraisings to prepare for the coming election in 2018. The president and director of the political action committee said that since the campaign began more than 40,000 people have donated for the first time. The turn up indicates that more people have realized the ill effects of the current regulations on campaign financing and are joining in the fight against big money in politics. The momentum may also be the Democrats’ way of fighting back having been infuriated by Trump’s win. End Citizen United has planned to raise $ 35 million dollars. By the end, March 2017 it had already raised more than $4 million.
Even though the End Citizen United has defended mostly Democrats in the past elections, they are willing to support any person who champions for reforms in the political campaign system. For example, they recently join hands together with two dozen groups in appealing to the Republican senators to vote against Betsy Devos as Trump’s Education Secretary. The wealthy American had financially supported some of the politicians in their campaign. The senators’ voting ended in a tie which vice president Pence broke in Devos’ favor.