There is a political action group that formed with the goal of reforming campaign finance in 2016 U.S. elections. The group’s aim was to promote Democratic candidates across the U.S. The committee, also known as End Citizens United, managed to raise over $2 million during its first days, and was set to accumulate $30 million from other small donors for funding its candidates.
The Goal of End Citizens United
The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to lobby for an amendment to a part of the Constitution governing elections campaigns. The particular area that the group is interested in reforming is the ruling of the Supreme Court in the 2010 case of Citizens United. The ruling led to the emerging of super PACs which in turn contributed to the introduction of dark money politics. Over 325,000 people are part of the End Citizens United campaign that is putting pressure on Congress to pass a law that overrules the 2010 Citizens United ruling. The group merged with “Ready for Hillary” and later announced that it was endorsing 11 Democratic candidates among them Senators Michael Bennet and Russ Feingold.
There are many PACs that have focused on reforming campaign finance, the difference between those groups and End Citizens United is that apart from talking about the issues at hand, it is determined to elect people who will campaign for legal reforms on the inside. The said candidates should be people willing to oppose Citizens United, the Koch brothers, and all dark money entities.
Despite the determination and aggressiveness of End Citizens United with regards to reforming campaign finance, experts are skeptical about the outcome of their efforts. For a constitutional amendment to pass there must be a two thirds majority in Senate and the House that votes for it. Furthermore, it has to be ratified by three quarters of all U.S. states.
About End Citizens United
The 2010 ruling of Citizens United vs. F.E.C. held that corporations were to be regarded as people. This verdict promoted the use of millions of untraceable dollars by individuals campaigning for specific candidates. End Citizens United was formed at the back drop of such a constitutional environment with the aim of destroying this rigged political mechanism through the election of anti-Citizens United politicians to champion its cause and end dark money. The mission of End Citizens United is to elect pro-reform candidates, raise the matter of dark money in political campaigns as a priority in U.S. constitutional reforms, and to prove its point by supporting its candidates through grass root members.