End Citizens United is a new political action committee. Its focus is to campaign finance reform. The year 2016 will be important for them as they plan to put in millions of dollars. All these will only be for those Democratic candidates who will be running in the highly competitive House as well as Senate races all across the country.
While End Citizens United has been able to raise nearly $2 million from small donors till now, the plan is to rake in around $25 – $30 million.
The goal here for End Citizens United is to pass a constitutional amendment that is going to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United as that led to a large amount of dark money getting inside politics.
Over 325,000 persons have signed this petition of End Citizens United that demands Congress was passing such legislation. This number is going to see a major rise as this group partners with the “Ready for Hillary” campaign.
End Citizens United has also endorsed 11 Democratic candidates. These include former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin along with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.
The reason why this political action committee is garnering so much attention is that they are looking at the political angle of it all. They are getting those people elected who would be able to change the existing laws. Hence they are backing those candidates who favor campaign finance reform and will stand up with them.
A completely independent and separate expenditure arm will have to be constructed next year as the candidates will be backed through financial initiatives that include big expenses. This means television ads, mailers in addition to polling.
A constitutional amendment means an uphill battle for all those choosing this path. This is because not a single Constitutional amendment has been made in America since 1992. Just raising the amount of money required to get a constitutional amendment passed is not enough. What is required here is to get the law changed that can be confirmed by a new Supreme Court justice who can shift the balance of the court.
This does not mean that groups such as End Citizens United are useless. In fact, they are involved in public awareness of this decision by the Supreme Court. It helps to build political pressure on the Supreme Court as well as political figures so that things do not become worse.
Also, having access to $25-30 million can definitely lead to an impact in a Senate or House race.
End Citizens United is not backing Republicans as they feel that most of the Republican leadership in Congress is coming in the way of overturning such a rigid and disastrous decision by the Supreme Court.