End Citizens United was established on March 1, 2015, as a Political Action Committee. Its goal is to raise funds for Democratic candidates vying for House or Senate seats all over the United States of America. Now, it desires to transform what was once a slogan and campaign into a reality.
Formed in 2015, the Committee wanted to grow and play an integral role in the 2016 US Elections. It took this decision as a way of ensuring that politicians do not have to rely on billionaires to fund their political campaigns. The group’s desire is to give control and power back to the electorate.
Supreme Court decision inspired its formation
The group’s formation took place after the Supreme Court ruling of 2010. The decision, which has come to be known as Citizens United, opened the way for Super PACs and dark money to enter politics. The group hopes that its campaign will lead to a constitutional amendment. As at August 2015, more than 325,000 individuals across the country had signed the group’s petition.
During the same period, End Citizens United endorsed 11 Democratic Party candidates.
One Among Many Groups Fighting a Similar Battle
It’s worth mentioning that End Citizens United is not the first group or organization fighting for campaign finance reform. However, what makes this group different from the rest is the fact that it supports or endorses candidates who want to change the laws governing campaign funds. The team has identified the Koch Brothers as one of the sources of dark money.
Some of the strategies it identified for backing candidates who support its objectives include direct mails, TV ads, and polling. To achieve this, it set up an expenditure arm that would operate independently. The expenditure arm would study ways of spending the money raised from the public to support each candidate’s election campaigns.
Facing an Uphill Battle
Several campaign finance experts have been skeptical about End Citizens United objective. They doubt if the group will succeed with the petition asking for a constitutional amendment of the Citizens United decision the Supreme Court made in 2010. The experts say that the bar for getting the support needed for passing a constitutional amendment is too high.
Currently, two-thirds of members of the Senate and the House must consent to any amendment. Apart from this, three-quarters of the states in the country should also ratify the petition. Sunlight Foundation’s policy director, John Wonderlich, says people who choose a path similar to the one End Citizens United has taken face “an uphill battle.”
The battle will not be easy since the last constitutional amendment America passed was in 1992.