End Citizens United Wants to Make a Name for Itself

End Citizens United is a newly formed political action committee committed to campaign finance reforms. Its ultimate objective is to pass a constitutional amendment that will reverse the decision of the Supreme Court about Citizens United, which brought a wave of dark money into politics and gave rise to super PACs in 2010. So far, millions of people have signed a petition demanding the Congress to pass End Citizen’s demands.

 

Although there have been several other PACs focusing on finance reforms campaign, this group is a bit different. It has a political side that will get people elected and change existing laws. This implies backing candidates in favor of finance reforms campaign, who will be against Citizens United and those under attack by Koch brothers, the billionaire conservative among other dark-money groups. End Citizens United has plans to set up an independent expenditure arm early next year. The arm will back the candidates financially through initiatives such as direct mailers, television ads, and polling. Although the group also wants to help pass campaign finance reforms at state and local levels, its primary goal is to enact a constitutional amendment that will overturn Supreme Court’s decision of 2010.

 

During the first quarter of this year, End Citizens United has collected over $4 million, and it is on a mission to raise more than $35 million before the 2018 Congress midterm elections. Approximately 100,000 people donated to the PAC during the first three months of this year. The leaders of the group say that their objective is to vote for finance reform campaign champions. In the past couple of weeks, the team has helped advice its contributors to contribute around $500,000 to the Democrat campaign of Jon Ossoff, Georgia’s first-time political candidate. 30-year-old Ossoff has caught the political establishment by surprise by raising over $4 million for the special election of April 18 to fill a suburban Atlanta seat left vacant by a Republican Secretary for Human and Health Services, Tom Price. The group says that it is still scrutinizing the races it will take part in 2018. However, it hopes to defend Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

 

The group functions as a traditional PAC and doesn’t accept contributions more than $5,000 from a single donor. Regardless of that donation cap, its 2016 fundraising helped leap it to the Democratic-aligned groups top ranks in elections spending last year. The group’s spokesman, Adam Bozzi, says that End Citizens United has managed to build more ties with campaign finance groups. For instance, the group partnered with over two dozen organizations to support Republican senators who were given campaign donations by Betsy DeVos to vote on her Education secretary nomination.

 

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