Launched in August of 2016, the political action committee, End Citizens United, will focus on campaign finance reform by having the Supreme Court ruling that deregulated political spending, dubbed Citizens United, overturned by a constitutional amendment. Unlike other PACs with the same agenda, End Citizens United will back Democratic candidates in nationwide House and Senate races who speak against undisclosed political spending. While they admit that there are Republicans who claim campaign finance reform is needed, the majority of Republicans in Congress are blocking attempts on endcitizensunited.org at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Believing that billionaire campaign donors and special interest groups pouring unlimited amounts of money into influencing elections undermine democracy, End Citizens United wants to fight back using grassroots donors who contribute small amounts of money. So far, according MSNBC, the organization has raised more than $2 million. In addition to financial donations, the organization’s website lists numerous methods for supporting their cause on endcitizensunited.org, including thanking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her strong voice against the corrupting influence of wealthy donors in politics.
Raising awareness of big money’s role in politics with the public is one of End Citizens United’s goals as well. So far, the organization has gathered 325,000 signatures on their petition to Congress, which asks them to pass a constitutional amendment that voids the Citizens United decision. While campaign finance experts on endcitizensunited.org point out that there has not been a Constitutional amendment passed since 1992, End Citizens United hopes that by making politicians aware of how their constituents feel, they will be encouraged to work toward campaign finance reform. Another of End Citizens United’s goals in to offer information about campaign spending in general, the biggest spending national Super PACs and which outside money organizations target specific states.
Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United’s Executive Director, is quoted on the PAC’s website as saying that she believes that Trump must be held accountable for his promise to fix the role that money plays in politics. Current news on the site lists Trump’s nominations and the amount their donations, or their family’s large contributions, played in his campaign.
If End Citizens United achieves their goal, elections will change once again, for the better this time.