End Citizens United plans to channel tens of millions of dollars to Democratic candidates contesting to join the competitive House and Senate across the country. End Citizens United was officially launched in 2017 and has managed to raise a good amount of money in approximated to be around two million US dollars within a short period from small donors. According to the group’s communication director, the group has a potential of making a total of between 25 to 30 million US dollars for the entire cycle. The primary goal of End Citizens United is to have or pass a constitutional amendment that would reverse the decision made by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United in 2010 and eventually lead to the use of dark money as well as super PACs into the politics.
The group is estimated to have over 325,000 members who have signed the End Citizens United’s petition prompting the Congress to pass legislation. Besides, End Citizens United expects to have a significant boost after partnering with “Ready for Hillary” that has about four million supporters. The End Citizens United has endorsed eleven Democratic candidates who include Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and a senator from Colorado known as Michael Bennet. Nonetheless, the group’s idea of passing a constitutional amendment is still being faced with skepticism, particularly by campaign finance experts. Also, the amendment faces a challenge since it has to be passed by around two-thirds of the House as well as the Senate. Individuals argue that the End Citizens United plays vital roles in spreading the public awareness as well as ensuring that the political pressure between the Supreme Court and other political figures is in control and does not cause more harm.
End Citizens United Raises $4 Million, Projects $35 Million Haul for Midterms
End Citizens United mainly focused on driving excess or big money out of politics. It, instead, opts to raise money in large amounts on its own. According to the fundraising information, the group has managed to raise over four million US dollars in the first three months of this year. However, the group projects to raise about $35 million before the 2018 mid-term elections for the Congress. The group is specifically interested in electing to the Congress campaign-finance champions. The group intends to generate as much money as possible to ensure that it has endorsed as many candidates into Congress as possible. The group has built more ties with the campaign-finance groups to achieve that. For example, End Citizens United has collaborated with groups to convince the Republican senators to recuse from voting in those individuals who gave them campaign donations.