End Citizens United is a political action committee that was founded in the wake a Supreme Court case called Citizens United v. The Federal Elections Commission. The Supreme Courts decision in this case in essence gutted much of the work that had been done on campaign finance reform.
The Citizens United decision allowed unrestricted money to flow into the campaigns of candidates. In many cases, the donors who give to the candidates do not have to divulge their identities.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the group End Citizens United was created. This group’s goal is to restore integrity to the financing of political campaigns. The group wants to back candidates for elected office who are committed to transparency in financing their campaigns. End Citizens United also wants to endorse candidates who are firmly committed to enacting serious campaign finance reform laws.
End Citizens United has been extremely successful in raising funds from a network of small donors. The group is then able to provide financial aid to those whom they endorse.
For 2018, ECU is endorsing several candidates who are running in some key races. One of ECUs main targets in 2018 is Senator Ted Cruz from the state of Texas. He has been identified by ECU as one of the biggest obstructionists when it comes to passing campaign finance laws.
In order to replace Senator Cruz, ECU is endorsing Beto O’Rourke. For six years, O’Rourke has served as a Congressman representing the area around the city of El Paso. Congressman O’Rourke has supported campaign finance reform legislation in the past, and he is committed to doing so in the future.
Jacky Rosen is running for the United States Senate in the state of Nevada. Her goal is to defeat the incumbent Senator Dean Heller. End Citizens United is backing Rosen. She is currently serving the House of Representatives as the representative of the Third District of Nevada.
ECU has an entire slate of candidates that they want to elect. The overall goal is to remove the 30 worst offenders when it comes to blocking campaign finance reform efforts.
“The people of Hawai‘i know special interests are drowning out their voices in Washington & they’re demanding reform. Doug is a progressive leader who has committed to rejecting corporate PAC money & will fight for reform in Congress. We’re proud to endorse him.” – @StopBigMoney pic.twitter.com/HdVtbfhSAs
— Lt. Governor Doug Chin (@dougchinforhi) July 24, 2018