End Citizens United is a new PAC. It seeks to promote financial reforms. The entity plans to channel millions of dollars to Democratic candidates across the country, particularly those that are running for House and Senate positions. The new political action committee has already raised more than $2 million from small political donors. Their target is $25- $30 million for the complete cycle. After the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the case of Citizens United vs. F.E.C., End Citizens United has come to the fore with the sole aim of passing a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling on msnbc.com. This judgment gave rise to super PACs and paved way for dark money into politics.
So far, End Citizens United’s petition has attracted over 325,000 signatures. The Group has partnered with “Ready for Hillary.” The entity is hopeful that this strategy will enable them to access potential liberal supporters. The group has announced its support for 11 Democratic candidates, including Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Multiple PACS have been advocating for financial reforms. However, End Citizens United’s communications director, Richard Carbo said that his PAC is different due to its strategy of backing candidates who are running in favor of financial reform. The group is planning to establish an independent expenditure arm at the beginning of 2016. This kitty will support their candidates through direct mailers, television ads and polling.
End Citizens United is optimistic about its mission. However, its objective has not been well received by the campaigns’ financial experts. For a constitutional amendment to be passed, it needs the consent of 2/3 the states and a similar support from the House and Senate. The policy director of the Sunlight Foundation, John Wonderlich said that this process would be an uphill battle considering that for 25 years, the country has not made any constitutional amendment Facebook. A campaign finance-regulation guru and Professor of Law and Political Science at UC-Irvine School of Law, Rick Hasen expressed the same sentiments. However, Hasen added that PACs like End Citizens United play an important role in creating public awareness of the Supreme Court’s decision and controls the situation by keeping political pressure on the Supreme Court and other political actors.
About End Citizens United PAC
End Citizens United PAC started operating in 2015. Grassroots donors, who plan to resist the increasing brazenness of billionaires trying to buy elections through dark money, fund the organization. To achieve their objective on EndCitizensUnited.org, the group will elect pro-reform candidates, create awareness on money in politics and make their agenda a national priority. The group supports Democrats since they play a pivotal role in fighting against Citizens United. The entity remains optimistic that they will be able to realize their objectives in due time.