End Citizens United is a political action committee that seeks to blunt the disastrous effects the Supreme Court ruling that opened up the spigots on the amount of money that corporations and the rich can spend in political campaigns. The PAC recently announced that they had gathered more than $4 million from small donors across the United States. They are expecting to be able to raise a total of $35 million by the time the 2018 midterm Congressional elections start. This will be a marked increase from the $25 million that End Citizens United had totaled for the 2016 national elections.
The President and Executive Director of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, said that they had received money from 100,000 people, with 40,000 of those donors having contributed for the first time. The goal of the PAC is to elect politicians to the House and Senate who will fight to pass campaign-finance reform bills. The average donation the organization receives is $12. The donors have said that the current political process is rigged in favor of the rich and the outsized influence they get by writing enormous checks. Additionally, people are up in arms across the country about the election of Donald Trump and his disturbing policies and political appointments.
A candidate that End Citizen United is currently contributing to is Democrat Jon Ossoff who is running for the Republican House seat that Tom Price held before being appointed as the Health and Human Services Secretary. So far, they have contributed $500,000 to him and he has raised $4 million in total. This race was expected to be easily won by the Republican candidate as the race is in suburban Georgia which has voted Republican for decades. This has developed into a surprisingly competitive race as voters are beginning to realize they were lied to by Donald Trump and the Republican party.
Muller has not yet decided which candidates they will be backing in the 2018 midterm elections. Early indications are that they will be supporting current Senator’s Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, however.
It was in 2010 that the Supreme Court ruled on the case called Citizens United. The outcome of the case led to corporations being defined as people and as such limiting their political spending meant limiting their right to free speech. The ruling resulted in super PACs which are funded by the virtually unlimited spending by corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals.
As End Citizens United is a traditional PAC, the size of the donations that it can accept are limited to $5,000 from any one donor. Irregardless, it is expected to be a major player in the 2018 and 2020 elections as ordinary people across the nation support its political efforts and mission.