End Citizens United Living Up to Its Name

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End Citizens United (ECU) is a Political Action Committee (PAC) launched in August 2015 with the aim of reversing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which accorded power to PACs and has resulted in increased unlimited and undisclosed spending in politics. End Citizens United funneled tens of millions of dollars in support of the campaigns for Democratic candidates vying for several posts across the US in the 2016 elections.

 

Ultimately, the PAC is determined to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision and has since acquired many signatures in its petition. Even though there are many PACs with similar objectives to that of End Citizens United, Carbo proclaims that his group is unique as it not only advocates for finance reforms but also supports individuals who will stand up against the other candidates of Citizens United. The candidates they support are meant to get into the government to alter the existing legislation. Moreover, in 2017, the ECU intends to develop an independent expenditure branch that will support the candidates financially through televisions ads, polling, and direct mailers.

 

Ends Citizens United since receives numerous donations from its supporters, and it boasts of broad grassroots support. So in essence, with its primary goal of driving out large sums of money from politics, it also needs money to do that. Presently, Ends Citizens United has garnered approximately over $4 million for just its first quarter this year. Its aim is to collect $35 million by the end of the year that will be used in the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. This is a higher figure when compared to the $25 million that ECU had raised in the 2016 election, which was its initial election cycle in operation.

 

Tiffany Muller, the President and Executive Director of ECU clarified in a statement that approximately 100,000 individuals had contributed to the $ 4 million raised in the first quarter. She further revealed that most of the Democrats were unhappy with President Trumps win and were ready to oppose most of his agendas and nominees such as the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch.

 

More importantly, Ends Citizens United was urging its supporters to help raise $500,000 that will be used to finance the campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff. Even though Jon Ossoff has never vied for another political seat; he surprised many when he managed to raise over $ 4 million for the April 18 special election meant to fill the Republican seat that was vacated by Health and Human services Secretary Tom Prince.

 

End Citizens United functions like any other conventional PAC, and it limits its donations to not more than $ 5,000 from a single donor. Even with such limitation, ECU still managed to top the ranks of Democratic-associated group’s expenditure in the 2016 general elections.