Citizens United refers to a Supreme Court case in 2010 and a political action committee of the same name. The successful petition opened the doors for private investors, special interest groups and corporations to fund elections. It allowed a bagful of money from unknown sources to flow into the election process. It also enabled unlimited and untraceable spending.
Big money can now spend unlimited amounts to influence the elections. The money is untraceable, as the candidates receiving the support are not required to disclose their sources. In addition, sources that were traditionally prohibited from funding political campaigns are now allowed. There has been an influx of outside political groups such as Super PACS. These are participating in the electoral process. They are undertaking political advertising and lobbying for candidates who support their causes.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that is working to reverse the efforts and effects of Citizens United. The group is advocating for reform that counter the effects of the Supreme Court ruling. It is opposed to big money’s influence on the political and electoral process. The PAC believes it is akin to a subversion of democracy. End Citizens United is committed to driving big money and dark funding out of the electoral process.
The group supports candidates passionate about stopping big money from buying elections from the masses. They need some big money to do that. The movement is gaining traction rapidly especially with grassroots donors. It has pegged its hopes on an optimistic budget of $35 million. This is to support the 2018 midterm election cycle. The group already has $4 million down. It hopes to hit the mark well before the start of the midterm cycle.
The group is not new to successful fundraising. They debuted onto the election scene with over $25 million in the 2016 election cycle. End Citizens United works with candidates supporting campaign finance reform to get them elected to the House as well as Congress. It is also working to mitigate against the effects of the new administration’s policy on electoral finance.
End Citizens United is largely a Democratic group. It is mobilizing grassroots support and succeeding. It is leveraging the pain from the loss of the presidential election to rally support from Democrats. Most of the donors are small, first time supporters. For example, the average donation to the PAC is $12. The PAC employs strict traditional fundraising strategies. It does not accept donations of over $5,000 from a single supporter.
The group is one of the leading spenders aligned to the Democratic Party. It believes campaign funding should be transparent and accountable. There should be limits to campaign spending to control dark funding. The PAC appreciates it takes time to get the right people in power to effect the required changes.