End Citizens United Article Takes the Bull by its Horns

End Citizens United came into life on March 1st, 2015 as a political action committee financed by grassroots donations. The Committee mission is to counter the disastrous impact of Citizens United as well as reform of the country’s campaign finance system. It mainly aims to discredit billionaires who buy elections by financing politicians to serve their interests. The Committee mobilizes a coalition to lobby for legislations on campaign finance changes. End Citizen United derived its name from the 2010 Citizen United decision by the United States Supreme Court that opened a window for corporate and union donations in elections of candidate paving the way for the expenditure of unlimited campaign finance. In opposition to the Supreme Court decision, the political committee refuses donations exceeding $5,000 from personal donations. The funds finance the political committee’s support of political candidates in the Congressional election who articulates the committee’s policy agendas. Its ultimate goal is to overturn the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. By the third quarter of 2015, the political committee had over 325,000 signatures to petition Congressional amendment to repeal Citizen United ruling. The committee targeted 4 million signatures from a partnership with other lobbyist groups such as “Ready for Hillary” group. Furthermore, the political committee endorsed eleven liberal Democrats Congressional candidates in August 2015 including Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold.

 

In 2016 election, End Citizens United aimed to raise a staggering $30 million to campaign for Democrats candidates opposed to Citizens United ruling. Democrats’ presidential candidate Hilary Clinton expressly stated her opposition to billionaires buying elections thereby disfranchising the electorates. End Citizens United raised another record donation of $4 million in the first quarter of 2017 with a projection to raise $35 million before the mid-2008 Congressional election. Besides campaign finance, the political committee also successfully convinced a dozen of Republican senators sponsored by the wealthy family of the Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos against voting for her nomination. The tie of 50-50 in Senate confirmation vote illustrates the success of the political committees as a lobbyist organization.

 

End Citizens stands out from other groups due to its financing of Congressional candidates supporting its campaign finance revolutions. It further stands up with Congressional leaders under the onslaught of corporate moguls such as the Koch brothers and similar dark-economy organizations. The political committee intends to form an independent body in charge of mobilizing financial donations and financing political candidates leaving the council concentrate on campaign finance reforms. Despite its effort, the two-third Congressional support of a constitutional amendment is a tall order for End Citizen United. The increasingly partisan Congress further makes an amendment elusive. Nevertheless, the political committee is not wavering in its decision to reform campaign finance laws.