In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United. To this end, unlimited spending has dominated the American political landscape. This decision gave rise to super PACs and sabotaged transparency and accountability in politics. End Citizens United is one of the political action committees that is fighting to restore order in America. End Citizens United was formed to advocate for accountability and reverse the Supreme Court’s decision. The 2016 elections saw End Citizens United raise over $25 million in their quest to elect finance reform candidates. They finance Democratic candidates who support finance reform. Once they are elected, they will be able to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse the court’s ruling. To this end, the group partnered with Ready for Hillary organization. The entity boosted their membership by close to four million people. They endorsed over 11 Democrats, including Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold. End Citizens United supported these candidates through various initiatives like direct mailers and polling television ads. This information was originally reported on MSNBC.
Constitutional amendments must be approved by two thirds of the Senate and the House. In addition, such undertaking should be supported by three fourths of the states. While End Citizens United strives to achieve their goal of campaign reforms, many people, including finance reform experts, have criticized their mission. John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation’s policy director, said that passing an amendment is an impossible mission. A finance regulation expert, Rick Hasen, who is a professor of law and political science at UC-Irvine School of Law, shared the same sentiments. He explained that the idea of End Citizens United to use huge amounts of money to pass a constitutional amendment is not practical. However, he recognized the PAC’s efforts of creating awareness on the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision and challenged all stakeholders to keep the situation in control. The group is still determined to introduce financial reforms in the country’s political arena. End Citizens United use the support of vast grassroots membership to demonstrate their political authority.
Ahead of the 2018 midterm election, the group has already raised over $4 million. The PAC seeks to raise $35 million. According to End Citizens United’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller, the donation was received from 100,000 individuals, 40,000 of whom were first time donors. Notably, End Citizens United does not accept more than $5,000 from a single donor. They are still determined to elect more finance reformers to Congress. Muller said that Democrats were disappointed with Trump’s win and are ready to oppose him and his nominees. The $4 million has been raised towards the support of Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old candidate from Georgia. Ossoff is running for an elective post in suburban Atlanta. This position was left vacant following the appointment of Tom Price to serve as the Health and Human Services Secretary. The group has already endorsed Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. This information was originally published on USA Today.