End Citizens United, a Political Action Committee (PAC), is a group that was started in March 1st, 2015. Its main aim is to fight the Citizen United group by funding democratic candidates running in Senate and competitive houses. The group which is funded by grassroots donors feels that it is the high time to bring to a stop the billionaires who are trying to buy the elections and stop the corrupt political system. The group believes that this way, it will enhance building of a broad coalition that will pressure law makers into taking the required measures. They have three main aims: The first one is to elect pro-reform candidates; the second one is to ensure that the money in politics is made a national priority, and the final one is to demonstrate their political power concerning money in politics by using grassroots membership.
It had therefore started a petition demanding the congress to enforce the legislation, and had received over 325,000 signatures from supporters by August 2015. They have hopes of receiving more signatures as a result of partnering with “Ready for Hillary” and also intend to rent their email list out to reach other potential liberal supporters. They had also raised 2 million dollars by this time, with their aim being to raise that figure to 25 million dollars or 30 million dollars.
The group intends to channel the money raised to Democratic candidates vying for Senate and Competitive house. This money will be used in initiatives such as television advertisements, polling and direct mailers which will give them an upper hand during their campaign. They also named eleven Democrat candidates whom they endorsed, one of them being Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Their reason for supporting democrats is because they are leading in the fight against the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision and have also suffered immensely as a result of the dark money in politics. The group’s financial information is available on Open Secrets.
One of the group founders says that End Citizens United derives its unique qualities from the fact that it fills the gap present by addressing political issues and ensuring election of people who will bring change to existing laws. Campaign finance experts however feel that the group’s main objective of bringing constitutional amendment is quite a hurdle. These doubts are brought out by the fact that for one to achieve a constitutional amendment there must be consent from two-thirds of the Senate and the House and an additional approval by three-fourths of states. End United Citizens have made their Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings available to the public for the purpose of promoting democracy in the country and intend to continue doing so. Visit their page on Facebook.