In 2015, a new PAC was established in the capital of the U.S., Washington D.C. in a bid to fight against the constantly shifting sands of election campaign financing. Named End Citizens United, the PAC operates in a traditional way and was originally identified as having a narrow focus on the difficult task of reversing the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision of Citizens United. End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has expanded the reach of the PAC into the election campaigns of Democrats and progressive candidates who have declared they will not accept funding from special interest groups and billionaire financial donors.
What has proven so impressive in the rise of End Citizens United is the grassroots membership and donations accepted by the group over the course of its life. The average donation to the PAC is just over $14 and has resulted in the aim of reaching $35 million in donations as a campaign fund by the time of the 2018 Midterms. The bump in donations from the 2016 elections is a sign of the growing confidence of End Citizens United as an effective campaigning machine which uses grassroots members to drive the many victories seen by Democrats since the election of Republican President Donald Trump in the last election cycle.
Despite the growing importance and wide focus of End Citizens United’s work across the U.S. political landscape the group has become known for highlighting the issues of campaign financing in the wake of the Citizens United decision. Like most U.S. voters, Tiffany Muller does not believe special interest groups and billionaire political donors should have the right to influence entire elections because of the size of the checks they cash for candidates. The continuing issue of Republican candidates supporting Citizens United will make it difficult for the required majority to be reached to reverse the decision; however, End Citizens United are still fighting for a change in this creative Supreme Court decision.
The grassroots manner of the fundraising and campaign work of End Citizens United is based on the work completed during the Presidential campaigns of Democrat President Barrack Obama and independent Senator Bernie Sanders. Small dollar donations limited to just $5,000 per election cycle per member makes it certain the PAC is politically transparent and does not suffer from the undue political influence often used by special interest groups.
The political world was shocked when the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010. People are still working out even today what the long-term effect is of that ruling and many people and organizations remain opposed to the court’s ruling, such as the PAC End Citizens United.
Over the years there have been some very consequential cases the Supreme Court has ruled on which have been both immediately controversial and having a wide impact. Some of these have been the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision regarding abortion and the Brown v. Board of Education ruling which said that putting black and white children in different schools was against the constitution.
Citizens United was one of these rulings which has already directly impacted money and politics.
Citizens United is a conservative organization which in 2008 wanted to air a film attacking Hillary Clinton while she was running for president. The Federal Election Commission had issued a ruling that this film was a campaign ad for all intents and purposes. As such they had to reveal who paid for the ad and how much it cost to air it in order to comply with the law, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Citizens United decided to sue the Federal Election Commission rather than reveal who had paid for this film. The court ruled in favor of the Federal Election Commission and this was appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court. Incredulously to many, the majority decision was that corporations have the same right to free speech as people do, despite corporations not even existing back when the constitution was written.
In the wake of this ruling, End Citizens United formed as a political action committee. They want to put back in place sane campaign financing laws. Right now corporations can spend as much as they want to elect politicians and can do so under the cloak of anonymity. This has resulted in obscene amounts of money being used to elect politicians by corporations, most of them Republicans.
End Citizens United supports people running for political seats who want to put back in place reasonable limits on what corporations can spend on political campaigns. They were first active in the 2016 elections and have been very active in the runup to the 2018 elections. They financially support and endorse candidates who pledge to advance meaningful campaign reform.
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