With the entry of End Citizens United, 2016 Senate and House elections in the United States were not business as usual. The political action committee (PAC) was created in August 2015 with the aim of bringing billionaires’ influence in the American politics to a halt. To do that, End Citizens United mobilized funds to their millions of dollars to fund Democratic candidates, who would, in turn, take the group’s ideologies to the Senate and the House. With their ideologies well represented in the two legislative chambers, the group would eventually manage to push for constitutional reforms that would overturn the Citizen United decision by the Supreme Court. According to Mr. Richard Carbo, End Citizens United’s communication director, Citizen United decision created an avenue for billionaires to influence elections by injecting their dark money into the elections campaigns. Carbo argued that this must be thwarted early enough for the sake of the future American democracy.
Funding and Petition Signatories
End Citizens United kicked off to a bright start; the reception from liberal Americans was overwhelming, to say the least. Within the first month, the group’s well-wishers had already made donations surpassing the $2 million mark. A few months down the line, the group had established a support base of close to 330,000 people. According to the group’s records, all these people had signed its petition that sought to compel the Congress to craft legislation that would overrule citizen united. The PAC’s efforts caught the attention of Ready for Hillary movement, which offered to assist the group with a list of its members and their emails. That was a major boost for End Citizens United for its petition received over 4 million signatures. As the group continued gaining ground, it endorsed the candidature of 11 Democrats among them Colorado’s Senator Michael Bennet and Wisconsin’s Senator Russ Feingold.
End Citizens’ Latest Activities
Fast forward to 2017, End Citizens United mobilized funds to the tune of $4 million within the three opening months. The group projects that by the time of Congress’ midterm elections next year, it will have collected over $35 million. According to Tiffany Muller, End Citizen United president and executive director, the majority of American liberalists are unhappy with the trend where checks controlled the elections. He revealed that the PAC had received donations from over 40,000 new donors by the end of March this year.
Early last month, End Citizens United launched a campaign in support of 30 years old Jon Ossoff who was vying for a House seat in Georgia. For the first time, the Democratic candidate shook the American political scene by managing to raise over $4 million in support of his bid to win the seat that was previously occupied by the current Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price.