End Citizens United is a newly-formed Political Action Committee (PAC) that aspires to make its agenda famous in 2016 by changing the campaign financial system of the US. It plans to contribute millions of dollars to Democratic candidates vying for available House and Senate seats all over the country. The group, which was inaugurated in August 2016, has so far collected over $2 million from small donors. However, its communications director, Richard Carbo, mentioned that the group is projected to raise between $25 million and $30 million in the future. Currently, it has received 136,000 donations that amount to an average of $14.86.
The Goal of the Group
End Citizens United aims to pass a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Supreme Court’s decision, Citizens United, which came into effect in 2010. The Court’s decision established a platform for the rise of super PACs and unleashed a network of dirty politics money. However, campaign finance experts are doubtful of the group’s goal because it requires a constitutional amendment, which includes winning consent from two-thirds of the House and Senate and a ratification passed by at least 75 percent of the US States.
So far, over 325,000 people have signed the group’s petitions, which demanded Congress to pass the legislation. However, this figure is expected to rise since the group has collaborated with “Ready for Hillary” movement. Furthermore, it announced its endorsement of 11 Democratic Candidates, for instance, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and the former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.
Carbo cited that the group was unique compared to other PACs that solely focused on changing campaign financial systems. This was because End Citizens United wanted to implement an actionable platform for addressing the political side of its mandate by actualizing the election of people who would reform the existing laws. Rick Hasen, an expert in campaign finance, mentioned that a change of at least one Supreme Court justice was more likely to institute reforms than electing sympathetic leaders.
Why the PAC will not Support Republican Candidates
End Citizens Committee indicated that it was not supporting Republicans. This was because the Republican leadership was vehemently opposing attempts to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision. The group added that it would offer its support to Democratic candidates who were championing for campaign finance reforms.
End Citizens United
End Citizens United is a PAC funded by local level donors. It was founded in March 2015 and is committed to changing the country’s campaign finance system and stopping the undesirable effects of Citizens United. It aims to show the nation how the grassroots are fighting against the increasing impudence of billionaires who were buying elections. The group seeks to achieve its mission of stopping the rigged political system through electing pro-reform candidates and creating massive public awareness.