End Citizens United (ECU) was established in August 2015. Within its first month of operation, the political action committee had raised over $2 Million. This was at the beginning of a fundraising cycle that they intended to raise a total of about $30 million. The PAC was planning to be a major player in the 2016 elections. They intended to fund the campaigns of various Democratic candidates.
In 2010, the Supreme Court made a decision on a constitutional amendment that many people didn’t like. After the court’s decision, several PACs were established. End Citizens United believes that some these political action committees have created a loophole that allows dark money into the political scene. ECU is fighting against dark-money groups and donors like the Koch brothers who are believed to have greedy intentions.
Although End Citizens United isn’t the only PAC that focuses on campaign monies, it is different from other groups because of its approach. The group addresses the issue of campaign finances from a political perspective. ECU has already launched a petition demanding the reversal of the infamous constitutional amendment. The political action committee gathered more than 325,000 signatures for their petition in 2015.
End Citizens expected to get more signatures after partnering with “Ready for Hillary.” They said that they will only support candidates who advocate for campaign finance reforms. As of May 2015, the PAC had endorsed Senator Michael Bennet and 10 other Democratic candidates. ECU had plans to establish an independent arm to oversee their expenditure.
Early this year, End Citizens revealed that they were planning to raise $35 million. They said that they needed money to fund their preferred candidates in the 2018 midterm election. This estimate didn’t come as a surprise as the group had raised $4 million in the first quarter of this year. The figure is more than the amount they raised in the 2016 election cycle. This will be the PAC’s second election cycle and it’s expected to reach its target. More and more people are supporting ECU’s cause. Out of the 100,000 people who contributed the $4 million, 40,000 of them donated for the first time.
ECU’s president, Ms. Tiffany Muller revealed that the average contribution was $12. She said that their donors want to put an end to a rigged system that favors only those with the “big money.” According to her, this is the people’s way of fighting back. End Citizen United’s supporters are not happy with Trump’s victory and leadership, so they’re doing their best to ensure that the right people get into congress in 2018. In the last couple of months, ECU has received $500,000 to fund Jon Ossoff, who is vying for a congressional seat on a Democratic ticket.