End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that receives its funding from grassroots donors. This organization has its focus on fighting the effects brought about by Citizen United as well as reforming the elections corporate funding to election candidates by independent interested parties or individuals.
This fight is traced back to 2010 when the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling in favor of Citizen United over F.E.C in support of the idea that “corporations are people”. This decision opened all doors for rich billionaires and selfishly interested individuals and corporations to rain billions of untraceable cash in elections in America. This was a complete change of the course of the Nation’s elections founded on a legal basis. This did not only erode transparency in the elections but also accountability, making it possible for the elections to be bought by the rich at the expense of thousands of American voters.
End Citizen United was founded in 2015 on the 1st of March. It was founded by three former fundraising strategists in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
ECU hopes to show the entire United States community that they are fighting against rigged elections by forming a strong coalition that will not only push for campaign finance reforms but also push lawmakers to take action.
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The PAC has been fulfilling their mission by having pro-reform candidates in place and also by raising the politics finances issue as a national priority among others. ECU has a strong team of veteran Democrats, headed by Tiffany Muller who is the PACs executive director and president. Her reason for joining the PAC is to empower the grassroots to achieve their dreams. She has seen ECU grow to a membership of over 3 million, who in the first cycle was able to raise over $25 million. She is working together with Matt Burgess, the executive vice president, communications director Adam Bozzi, Anne Feldman, the Press secretary, among other executive leaders.
End Citizens United has been endorsing candidates since its formation as a way of solidifying the organization. Between 2017 and now, ECU has endorsed many candidates who have chosen to stand up against Big Money in all their campaigns. These candidates have decided to reject any contributions from corporate PACs.
Recently, rejecting the corporate PACs money has become the trend and in February alone End Citizens United has endorsed about five candidates who have joined the wave. Among them is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Andrew Janz, Senator Cory Booker, Katie Porter (CA-45) and Gil Cisneros (CA-39).
At the same time, ECU has released the Big Money 20, which is a list entailing the names of election candidates who have opted money from donors over the citizens. ECU is looking forward to raising $35 million to be used in the election cycle in 2018.
Visit endcitizensunited.org for more details about the group.