End citizens united is a new movement offering support to Democratic candidates. In a bid to popularize its operations, the organization set a target of $25 – $30 million to be channeled towards campaigns of independent candidates. End Citizens United managed to raise a total of $2 million from small donors. The group also embarked on a campaign to rally support for the bill on constitutional reforms to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision of 2010. The decision gave rise to the super PACs a move that allowed the flow of dirty money to finance campaigns.
According to the communications director of End Citizens United, the organization’s approach to campaign finance reforms was different from other PACs. The group’s support targeted candidates favoring the changes sought by the organization and those under attack by Koch Brothers, billionaires who support conservatives and other groups offering support for politics using dark-money. Rick Hasen, a law professor in political science and a campaign financial expert, described the move by End Citizens United as an important attribute that boosts public awareness and one that will pressure the Supreme Court and politicians to enhance a clean record in campaigns. Having more than 325,000 people sign the petition and over 136,000 registered donors, the organization’s popularity growth is undoubted.
End Citizens United targets to raise approximately $35 million for the upcoming Congress mid-term elections. The new target is a higher projection from the $25 million raised by the organization in 2016. Between January and March 2017, the team has managed to raise more than $4 million and hoped to meet the set target before the elections. Approximately 100,000 people have contributed to the PAC with 40,000 being new donors. The target amounts will be used in support of Democratic candidates to the Congress with intent to form “campaign finance reform Champions” according to the PAC’s chairman Tiffany Muller.
End Citizens United operates on the traditional model where individual donors can only give up to $5,000. Despite this, the organization managed to meet its target in 2016 to raise $25,000 and rank among the highest spending groups aligned with the Democrats. Adam Bozzi, the group’s spokesman, notes that they have created new ties with potential financiers who will provide a big boost to realize the set targets.
End Citizen United is currently seeking candidates to back in the 2018 elections, a move that will ensure more wins for the Democrats. First on the list of recipients was Jon Ossoff a Democrat and first-time political candidate. Ossoff’s congressional campaign received support with PAC urging contributors to give donations of up to $500,000. Jon Ossoff’s campaign targeted a special election called to fill the seat left vacant by Tom Price in the Republican House.