End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee formed in March 2015. It is committed to countering Citizens United’s agenda and changing the campaign finance system. Grassroots donors fund the PAC. End Citizens United seeks to rectify the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs F.E.C. This decision transformed the conduct of American elections. Additionally, it provided special interests groups, including billionaires with the opportunity to spend untraceable and unlimited resources in the elections.
According to End Citizens United, there is need to change this decision to prevent dark money from being used in politics. The PAC plans to show voters, the press, candidates, and elected officials that the citizens are not comfortable with individuals that are seeking to buy the elections. This move is important in creating a broad coalition that will focus on campaign finance reform and persuade lawmakers to take action. End Citizens United’s mission is to fight against big money in politics and do away with the rigged political system by electing supporters of financial reforms. The elected champions are expected to work on overturning the verdict made by the Supreme Court. End Citizens United will achieve its objective by electing pro-reform candidates and using grassroots membership to campaign against the use of such money in politics.
True to its Mission, End Citizens united set out to play a considerable role in 2016’s election by providing millions of dollars to Democratic candidates vying for elective positions. Two months after it was launched, End Citizens United raised $2 million. According to Richard Carbo, its communications director, the PAC’s target for the elections cycle was over $25 million. End Citizens United endorsed 11 democratic candidates, including Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet. The entity remains optimistic that through its innovative strategies, it will succeed in overturning the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Carbo asserted that his PAC is different from other PACs that have been focusing on campaign finance reform. End Citizens United addresses the political side of the reform agenda by supporting the election of different Democratic candidates. Through such candidates, the entity is able to initiate reforms by changing the existing laws. It aims to pass the campaign finance reforms at both the local and state level. A section of campaign finance experts has criticized End Citizens United’s objectives. The main reason for this skepticism has been the requirements of passing a constitutional amendment. It requires approval from two-thirds of the House and Senate, and ratification from three-fourths of the states. A policy director at Sunlight Foundation, John Wonderlich, said that the threshold for a constitutional amendment was too high. The process of amending the constitution is also rigorous. This is because since 1922, the country has never passed one constitutional amendment. This information was originally reported on MSNBC.