End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee established in March 2015, as a response to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the “Citizens United vs. FEC” case. The reason is that the ruling was going to reshape the scene of American elections by allowing billionaires, big corporations, and other special interest groups to spend an indefinite amount of money in political campaign donations that are untraceable.
The ruling has provided a legal foundation for the idea that corporations are people. There is no accountability or transparency in campaign financing now comes from wealthy donors and dark money groups seeking to gain political favors.
According to members of End Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s ruling is a major setback to all the laws implemented to fight corruption in the electoral process. The group is therefore committed to overturning this decision and reforming the defective American campaign finance structure.
It is funded mainly by grassroots supporters and members. The group considers its members as shareholders in the move to reclaim democracy. The mission for End Citizens United is to battle corrupt big money groups in American politics and to break down the fixed political system effectively.
They offer support for candidates in House and Senate races who will advocate for campaign finance reforms. These candidates should be able to start a movement in Congress that will overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling. The aim is to raise both national and grassroots awareness on the issue of big money players in politics.
End Citizens United mainly backs Democrats who embody similar principles and objectives. The reason is that they sense that Democrat leadership shows the highest potential for the transformative change they seek. The group is known to have endorsed well-known Democrats such as Michael Bennet, and Russ Feingold.
In Congress, End Citizens United views that Republican leadership stands against the overturning of the ruling, even though many Independent and Republican voters agree with the idea of controlling political spending.
The PAC supports and stands up for candidates who are experiencing adversity from big corporate organizations and dark money groups. End Citizens United is in the final stages of creating an independent spending arm that will be involved in the financial support of political candidates. The support offered will be in the form of initiatives such as direct mailing, polling, and television advertisements.
During the first year of operations, End Citizens United had gathered over 325,000 signatures for a petition to move the Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling. However, some critics forward that it would be much easier to do this by changing a Supreme Court justice who would shift the balance, as opposed to pushing for a constitutional amendment.
End Citizens United is committed to achieving campaign finance reforms and now boasts over 3 million members and more than $26 million in donations.