A political action committee by the name of End Citizens United is currently blowing the doors off of Washington D.C. as they commit to raising money to end dark money financing in politics. End Citizens United is one of the most popular grassroots PACs that we have seen in recent years as they set their sights on the Citizens United case that went before the Supreme Court back in 2010. The Citizens United case argued for looser regulations on finances in politics, thus opening up the doors for the influx of lobbying and special interest groups trying to win influence through purchasing politicians with donors.
End Citizens United has seen a huge rise in their popularity from 2016 to 2017 thanks in large part to anger at the current elected President, Donald Trump. End Citizens United raised $25 million in 2016 as they fundraised to put politicians in place to put forth legislation that would seek to overturn the Citizens United decision. Through the first quarter of 2017 we have seen End Citizens United raise a stunning $4 million from every day Americans who are tired of seeing their country beholden by those with more money and influence. The $4 million figure is a great start but the End Citizens United PAC is aiming to raise more than $35 million by the time it is all said and done.
The goal of End Citizens United is to bring back a certain level of accountability in politics whereby politicians are actually beholden to the ideas of their constituents. So far of the $4 million raised the average donation was roughly $12. That $12 average donation is a far cry from the millions upon millions that special interest groups are personally donating in order to buy off their ideal politicians. The grassroots approach by End Citizens United is looking to pay huge dividends because not only does it raise money for the cause it also raises awareness.
In terms of awareness we have seen over 100,000 people donate personally to the campaign. Of that 100,000 almost half of them have personally donated time to campaign related events. Along these same lines Muller and her petition for legislation to overturn Citizens United has already reached 325,000 people. These numbers are more than just numbers — they are people who are going to be voting when the 2018 congressional races begin in the not so distant future.
End Citizens United is a noble goal but people know that it is going to be an uphill battle. In order to enact a constitutional amendment there needs to be a 2/3rds vote in both the Senate and the House. However, Muller and her team remain committed to making this a reality.