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.
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