What Is End Citizens United?
End Citizens United is a political action committee, also known as a PAC. The mission of End Citizens United is to help bring about campaign finance reform at the local, state and national level. The group aims to achieve its mission by providing money in the form of donations to support candidates that they deem are champions of campaign finance reform.
Another way End Citizens United pursues its agenda is by urging its members and supporters to get out and vote for candidates that the group has endorsed in political elections. The organization also solicits funds on behalf of those politicians from its members and supporters. It is important to point out that End Citizens United is a partisan group. This means that the group aligns itself with one party. End Citizens United is aligned with the Democratic Party, which has a strong agenda of ending dark money in political donations. Many Democratic candidates also routinely speak of ending Citizens United which is right on par with what End Citizens United is pursuing.
2017 has been a record year in terms of fundraising for End Citizens United. The first quarter of 2017 saw the group rake in over $4 million dollars. Average donations came out to be $12 and the PAC saw over 40,000 new people donate to its group. About 100,000 people in total donated to the PAC in the first three months of 2017.
Based on the strong start to fundraising in 2017, End Citizens United is projecting that it will raise over $35 million for the crucial congressional midterm elections slated for 2018. If the group manages to raise that sum of money, it will be $10 million more than it raised the last time around which was $25 million.
There is no doubt that a large war chest is going to be necessary in order to challenge Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. Holding on to House of Representative seats and Senate seats will be difficult in states that voted for Republican president Donald Trump in the presidential election of 2016. End Citizens United is hedging that a large coffer and grassroots organization can help the Democrats win seats and perhaps even take control of Congress.
Tiffany Muller, who is the executive director at End Citizens United says that a lot of the supporters and donors of her PAC are upset and angry over the results of the election. They also feel that president Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress are pursuing an agenda that is not in line with their beliefs and values. Such sentiments, she believes are the reason why groups such as End Citizens United are seeing an influx of donations and support.