When the Supreme Court made their decision in 2010’s Citizens United v. F.E.C., the landscape of the country’s elections were forever changed. The decision gave further grounds for an idea that corporations can be like people and allowed for special interests and billionaires to spend an untraceable, unlimited amount in the elections. Now with no accountability, billionaires like the Koch Brothers and other corporations are able to tips the political scales in their favor.
End Citizens United was founded in 2015 as a Political Action Committee (PAC) that is mainly funded by their grassroots donors. The PAC was created with the goal of counteracting the effects of the 2010 Supreme Court decision and reforming the current campaign finance system. End Citizens United plans to show candidates, voters, the press, and elected officials that the grassroots of this country will fight back against billionaires and corporations that are trying to buy America’s election. This PAC plans to work towards campaign finance reform and pressure current lawmakers to take the action necessary.
In order to combat the big money used in politics, End Citizens United plans on dismantling the current political system by helping campaign finance reform champions get elected. Their hope is to pass ballot measures on both the state and national levels. These champions of End Citizens United will work towards ending the unlimited money that is funneled into politics. The organization has three main methods on working towards their mission: raising the issues of money in politics, using their grassroots membership to demonstrate their political power, and electing candidates that are pro-reform.
End Citizens United supports mostly Democrats that favor the reform of our campaign finance system and have plans on passionately fighting to overturn the 2010 Citizens United v. F.E.C. decision. While there are many Republicans and Independents who agree that our finance system needs reform, the Republican leadership in the country seems to be standing directly in the way of overturning the disastrous decision.
Only a month after its launch, End Citizens United raised more than $2 million from their small grassroots donors. With plans to reach $30 million in support, the PAC plans to work towards its ultimate goal of passing a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Supreme Court’s decision. In that short amount of time, more than 300,000 people signed the PAC’s petition to demand the upheaval of the Supreme Court decision.
The numbers of supporters of End Citizens United will only rise, as they have partnered with Ready for Hillary. This partnership has given End Citizens United access to their email list, an opportunity to reach out to 4 million possible liberal supporters. End Citizens United even began showing their support for 11 different Democratic candidates, like Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold.