End Citizens United Gains Strength Ahead of 2018 Midterms

End Citizens United is a political action committee that is trying to get big money out of politics. Their claim is that corporations are not considered the same as people and so they can donate an unlimited amount of money to political campaigns. This they point out, allows the few wealthy donors to have an unfair advantage in the outcome of political elections. The point out the Koch Brothers as an example of how billionaires and large organizations can turn an election.

 

The organization received over $4 million in donations, during the first three months of 2017. They are projecting to raise $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections. This would represent a large increase from their 2016 donations of only $25 million.

There are about 100,000 people who currently donate to the PAC. The average contribution is $12. The group’s overall goal is to elect members to Congress who will support campaign finance reform measures.

 

End Citizens United cannot accept more than $5000 from one individual donor. An example of what the group is fighting against, is when they asked Republican Senators who received political contributions from Betsy DeVos, to recuse themselves from the vote on her nomination to Trumps cabinet.

 

The group is determined to make government more balanced, so it represents all the people, not just those with big pockets, who can influence politicians. They started in March of 2015, to oppose Citizens United and change the campaign finance laws. They want to return the election process to all citizens not just the billionaires, who are trying to buy elections.

 

They support Democrats who favor campaign finance reform. They support candidates who are being attacked by big money corporate donors. Democrats are leading the fight against Citizens United, this is why they support Democrats. They claim Republicans are against overturning Citizens United by the Supreme Court.

 

The organization believes that political campaigns need to be transparent about their finances and their donations. This would prevent the “dark money” from influencing the outcomes of our political campaigns. They have yet to name the candidates they will support in the 2018 midterms.