Launched in 2015, End Citizens United (ECU) is a political action committee that is actively working to limit the role of money in US politics. Ever since the Supreme Court judgement of 2010 in Citizens United vs. FEC, large donors, including corporations, have been able to promote their interests to the elected officials. With donations that run into millions, the donors have leveraged their status to shape policies that favor their growth and reduce their tax burden and responsibilities to their workers, such as minimum wage, health insurance etc. Since there is no transparency about the flow of money to the elected officials, there is no accountability either on the part of these elected representatives to the voters.
End Citizens United, currently led by Tiffany Muller, aims to reverse that trend by helping elect senators and representatives who reject large donors and support campaign reform. The organization is running a campaign called Big Money 20 where names of powerful incumbents in office, receiving large donations from special interest groups, are shared along with details on how these Congress members have voted for bills that help their donors at the cost of hurting their constituents. The list includes notable politicians, such as Speaker Paul Ryan, senators Ted Cruz and Dean Heller, representatives from California, New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania and a host of other states. The $35 million campaign hopes to create energy among voters that will oust these Republicans and instead elect Democratic candidates committed to reforming the system.
President Tiffany Muller has a long history of empowering mainstream Americans and representing their voices in policy-making. Since taking her current role, she has been trying to turn End Citizens United into a national organization. ECU has now more than three million members, all of them small-dollar donors who are hoping to see a change in the way the electoral system works. Tiffany and her team at ECU are channeling the energy and enthusiasm of these voters into a grassroots movement. In the latest FEC reports, 16 candidates endorsed by ECU have out raised their incumbent Republican opponents. Several of these Democratic challengers are fighting against politicians on the Big Money 20 list: Beto O’Rourke against Ted Cruz, Elissa Slotkin against Mike Bishop, Andy Kim against Tom MacArthur, Anthony Brindisi against Claudia Tenney, and Gina Ortiz Jones against Will Hurd.