The End Citizens United PAC has often been seen as a group dedicated to solely backing a single campaign to remove the Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010. However, in recent times the group has become a go-to organization when campaign finance rules and regulations are ignored by those who have been tasked with the job of protecting the future of the U.S. population. End Citizens United operates as a traditional PAC, meaning donors can only provide a maximum financial contribution of $5,000 at any time.
In October 2017, End Citizens UNited President, Tiffany Muller responded to reports a Montana Judge had been subverting campaign finance rules as he prepared to declare his candidacy in a run for the Senate. Montana-based Judge Russ Fagg has been rumored to be on the verge of declaring his candidacy for the Senate for a number of months and recently established what was described as an exploratory committee to assess the available options for starting a campaign. The establishment of the Russ Fagg Senate Exploratory Committee should not have been a controversial moment in the career of the Montana Judge, but a recently filed Federal Election Committee complaint claims the committee is a shadow campaign group.
The complaint has been filed by the American Democracy Legal Fund and backed by the End Citizens United PAC who feel the Judge has been skirting campaign finance rules over the course of the last few months. Tiffany Muller has explained the campaign of Judge Fagg has been accepting donations for months and working beyond the legal phase known as “testing the waters” of an election bid; it has also been reported the Montant Code of Judicial Conduct does not allow a judge to raise money for political groups for fear of affecting their independence.
End Citizens United was born in March 2015 by a group of people dismayed at the rising level of influence seen in the work of a political donor class of billionaires who many feels have too much power in modern politics. Among the work being completed by End Citizens United is the backing in elections of Democrat candidates backing the need to make changes to the current campaign finance laws. Although creating a change in the election campaign finance laws may be difficult, End Citizens United believe this is a fight and controversy needing to be highlighted in the buildup to the 2018 midterm elections.
Before March 2015, no one had heard about End Citizen United. However, since it was established, the PAC has become Supreme Court’s Worst nightmare. End Citizen United main goal was to file a petition that will oversee the reversal of the Supreme Court ruling. In 2010, the Supreme Court made a ruling that saw a shift in the American political landscape. For a long time, the billionaires in the United States were denied the opportunity to use soft money in the election. However, the ruling saw the overturning of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
The act prohibited the individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations from contributing or spending money not subject to the Federal limit. By reversing the act, the Supreme Court allowed the corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited amounts of money in the political campaigns. The Supreme Court cited the freedom of speech clause in the Constitution that prohibits the government from restricting the individual expenditure.
According to the End Citizens United, the ruling will negatively impact the democratic rights of the American people to vote the people they want. The billionaires will have a chance of buying off elections. That is the reason why they are seeking to have a petition for the Congress to reverse the ruling. The agenda
The primary agenda of the PAC is to raise $25 million towards the cause and collect the required number of signatures. By the end of August 2015, the group has raised $2 million and collected over 325,000 signatures.
The second agenda is to elect people who are in support of their vision. That is the reason why they endorsed 11 Democratic candidates during the 2016 elections. End Citizen United supports all candidates who are opposed to the Koch brothers and participation in the political landscape. The group will then raise the agenda of money in politics being a crisis. The supporters
Even though it is not clear who owns the group, ECU has enthusiast supporters, especially from the grassroots. They stated that they are targeting the grassroots activists as they can impact many different people. The criticism
The desire to see the Congress overturn the Supreme Court ruling may be a long shot. There has not been any constitutional change since 1992. It will, therefore, be hard for the Congress to change a law in the Constitution. According to the critics, the amount of money that they raise will be irrelevant in the matter.
End Citizen United can be commended for making the public aware of the Supreme Court ruling and its impact on the political front. The group also tries to keep the Supreme Court and the politicians from messing up again.
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.