After raising $25 million for its first election cycle in 2016, End Citizens United is determined to raise $35 million for the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. The Political Action Committee (PAC) is fighting against unlimited spending in politics. According to USA TODAY, the PAC has already raised $4 million in the first quarter of 2017. The group’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller, said that this amount was raised by 100,000 people, 40,000 of whom were first time donors. Tiffany is the former deputy political director of the campaign unit of the Senate’s Democrats. The group is determined to fight back President Donald Trump’s agendas and nominees by electing candidates that advocate for campaign finance reform to Congress. Muller said that their donors are against the American political system where the individuals who give big money have the biggest say.
End Citizens United has endorsed a first time political candidate in Georgia, Democrat Jon Ossoff. The PAC is persuading donors to give $500,000 towards his congressional campaign. The 30 year old candidate has already raised $4 million for the special election scheduled for April 18th to fill up the vacancy left by Tom Price who is now the Health and Human Services Secretary. Tiffany said they are still studying the races to determine the candidates that they will support in 2018. However, she said that they would support Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio in 2018. In their quest to fight against unlimited spending in politics, the group does not accept donations over $5,000 from an individual donor. Despite having such caps in donations, the group managed to appear in the top ranks of the highest donors to Democratic-aligned groups in 2016. This information was originally mentioned on USA Today.
About End Citizens United
The Supreme’s Court decision on Citizens United gave rise to many super PACs that raise and spend unlimited money in American politics. The rise of dark money is also evident in excessive spending by billionaires who strike big checks to shift the political power to their advantage. End Citizens United PAC was established in 2015 to advocate for accountability and transparency in elections. The political action committee is determined to reverse Supreme Court’s decision by electing candidates that support financial reforms, advocate for the issue of money in politics to be prioritized, nationally and use grassroots support to demonstrate their political authority. They intend to establish a broad coalition in their campaign finance reform and push lawmakers to take action. The PAC chose to support Democrats since they are the traditional opponents of Citizens United. End Citizens United is funded by grassroots supporters. In addition, they have a team of veteran Democratic operatives that help in spreading awareness about the effects of unlimited spending. This information was originally published on End Citizens United.