End Citizens United – Pushing the Reform of Campaign Finance System
End Citizen United was formed on March 1st, 2015. It is typically a political action committee that is financed by grass root donors. The primary objective of the committee is to counter the adverse effects of Citizens United and reform the financial system of the country’s political campaigns.
End Citizen United is driven by the desire to show the elected officials and candidates, voters, and the press, that the grassroots are strongly fighting back against the growing brazenness of the billionaires whose sole interest is to manipulate the elections. Therefore, the efforts of the committee will become an important part of the wider coalition that is working towards ensuring a reform of the campaign finance system. Another goal is to push the lawmakers into taking the right action to put the situation under control.
The whole problem began when the Supreme Court made a decision in 2010 that brought about a huge transformation in the landscape of the country’s elections. The case in the Supreme Court was between Citizens United and F.E.C. By establishing the legal basis for the mental impression that corporations are people, the Supreme Court paved the way for the billionaires and other people with vested interests to spend unlimited and untraceable amounts of money on the America’s elections, and in turn leading to a lack of transparency. The End Citizens United know that these billionaires, such as the likes of Koch Brothers, and organizations are trying to manipulate the political power in their favor, but the worst part is, there is more than meets the eyes.
The mission of the political action committee is to get rid of big money politics, and also break down the rigged political system. One way that the committee aims to accomplish this is by electing champions of campaign finance reform as well as passing state ballot measures. The responsibility of the elected advocates will be to overturn Citizens United, bring an end to unlimited money in politics, and eliminate dark money.
Some of the already pre-determined methods or ways of realizing this mission include:
Choosing pro-reform candidates
Bringing to the attention of people the issue of money in politics, and do everything possible to make it a national priority
Utilize the membership of the grassroots to demonstrate political power on the problem involving money in politics
According to a post appearing on MSNBC, the End Citizens United came out as a strong force in the 2016 campaigns. Aaliyah Frumin reported that the political action committee showed its willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars to the Democratic candidates who were participating in the competitive house and senate positions across the country.
Within a few days after its launch, the political action committee had managed to raise over $2 million from small donors. According to Richard Carbo, the communications director, End Citizens United objective was to raise between $25 and $30 million which would be enough to run its activities for the whole cycle.