End Citizens United – A Committee Dedicated To Campaign Finance Reform

In 2015, a Political Action Committee (PAC) called End Citizens United was developed. The goal of this PAC is to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. This decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 allowed large corporations and businessmen use their money in order to change the election in their favor. Within the first month of its development, End Citizens United had raised up to $2 million by small donors. Also, they gathered about 325,000 signatures to help support their cause. During the 2016 House of Representatives election, the PAC endorsed 11 Democratic candidates. End Citizens United used some of the money gathered in order to help these candidates with their campaigns. The endorsement of these candidates is what makes End Citizens United believe to be different from other Political Action Committees. They stated that they are different from others due to the fact that they endorse candidates who are serious about campaign finance reform.

 

End Citizens United has been met with a lot of support but also some criticism. Critics claim that the passing of a constitutional amendment will be nearly impossible to happen. This criticism stems from the fact that the last constitutional amendment was passed in 1992. Despite this, others believe that it is a positive action to keep the pressure on the Supreme Court. If Supreme Court officials are faced with enough pressure, the possibility of getting the amendment passed will be high.

 

` With the coming of the 2018 House of Representatives Election, End Citizens United hopes to reach for more. During the 2016 election, the PAC had raised a total of $25 million. They now hope to raise at least $35 million by 2018. In the first three months of 2017, $4 million has been raised. This $4 million was raised from 100,000 people. 40,000 of these people were donating to End Citizens United for the first time. With these numbers, the PAC is looking at more support this time around. They have stated that the election of President Donald Trump has dedicated them to fight back against him and shut down these large and powerful donors who have the most say in politics.

 

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