End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed on 1st march 2015 to champion for the reforms of the financial election laws in the U.S. The genesis of this group is the famous Americans 2010 Supreme Court’s decision that established a legal basis that corporations are people. According to the Citizens United, big corporations and wealthy individuals are single handily responsible for the big untraceable amounts of cash in the economy during electioneering period.
The PAC’s mission is simple; fighting the Supreme Court’s decision by championing for the election of finance reforms leaders who will help them pass election finance law that will curb the excess money in politics. To achieve its objective, the group’s plan is to use elected pro-reform legislative’s, grassroots memberships for purposes of demonstrating their political goodwill and raising money for purposes of championing their courses.
So far, End Citizens United have been faring well with their objectives if the recent news are anything to go by. In the first quarter of the year, the group has been able to raise at least $4 million from their small grassroots contribution. From the contribution progress, the group has capped their contributions at $35 million, an increase of ten million dollars from the funds it raised to fund its operation in the 2016 elections.
Explaining the positive progress of made by the relatively new group, PAC’s executive director and President, Tiffany Muller noted that at least the group recorded an increase of 40,000 new members who contributed for the first time. The other positive progress noted by Muller is the average membership contribution at $12. However, the groups allows donations from individuals up to the tune of $5000.
The other objective End Citizen United has been spearheading is championing for the election of reform leaders and one person who happens to be the first beneficiary is Democrat Jon Ossoff. Jon Oscoff is a first-timer in politics going for the Tom Prince Georgia seat that fell vacant after his appointment to the secretary position in Health and Human services docket. Thanks to the efforts of End Citizen United, Oscoff, 30 years of age, was able to raise over $4 million for the mini elections. Jon Oscoff’s backing is just the start of the group’s move towards electing political reform leaders with the groups President announcing that they are yet to decide which candidates to support, come the 2018 elections.
Dirty money is one of the characteristic features in most elections globally. End Citizen United, however, is determined to change this narrative in the U.S elections. With the progress made so far, it is definitely a win for them in the next few coming years.