End Citizens United Amassing Large Funds

End Citizens United began in 2015 as a committee seeking campaign finance reform. It seeks its ends primarily through contributions to Democratic candidates across the country. The endgame for the group is the reversal of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in 2010, which ultimately led to super PACs and financial control of politics. End Citizens United has worked to amass a whopping 325,000 signatures for the reversal of the decision. Unlike other similar groups, End Citizens United seeks to actually get people elected who can effect the change necessary to stop super PACs from controlling politics. The finance reform the group seeks would go all the way down to the state and local level though the main focus currently is reform at the federal level. While the group has received some opposition from campaign finance experts, End Citizens United is receiving consistent grassroots support for their cause.

As far as actual numbers, End Citizens United amasses more than $4 million during the first three months of this year alone. Not only that, the group projects that it can garner around $35 million by the time the 2018 midterms swing around. This would be a vast improvement over the $25 million the PAC boasted in the 2016 election. The PAC is starting to reach new audiences, it would seem, as 40,000 of the 100,000 who have donated were new donors this year. While most donors only contribute around $12, the sheer number of donors has created a force to be reckoned with. Many of these donors see this as their only way of fighting back, seeing a system that is seemingly rigged against their interests. While the PAC can only accept donations of up to $5,000 from each individual, End Citizens United has also worked to encourage donors to contribute to certain political campaigns, such as that of Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia. The PAC feels it could really make a different in the upcoming 2018 midterms, particularly in defending certain senators who are sympathetic to their cause. End Citizens United was highly effective in this past 2016 election, so it is entirely reasonable that they could play a big part in the midterms next year.

 

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