The PAC group was founded on 1st March 2015, and it traces its basis on the ruling that was done by the Supreme Court in 2010, against the Citizens United, a conservative non-profit organization. As their name implies, they are against the Citizens United group because the corporation seeks to influence how elections turnout by providing millions to fund campaigns.
End Citizens United receives donations from grassroots donors, and they strive to bring reforms to the campaign-financial system. They go about implementing their missions by electing pro-reform candidates, bringing the agenda of money in politics to a national priority, passing pro-reform laws in the states and using the grassroots membership to show political authority when it comes to the issue of money in politics.
End Citizen United PAC and the Supreme Court
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Federal election commission in the case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. The injunction was filed by the Citizens United when they were denied to air a movie about Hillary Clinton, the then-Democratic Party presidential candidate. The Supreme Court ruled against them because to show such a film, so close to the elections would have violated a federal statute that prohibits certain electronic communications in an election period. The Citizens United felt that the ruling was an infringement on their rights to freedom of speech. The court though maintained the disclosure by sponsors of advertisements.
The decision by the Supreme Court is what brought about the formation of the End citizen united PAC group. To PAC group wants to undo the Citizens United move where the rich spend billions of untraceable money through the corporate to influence elections. The End Citizen United pledges to counter this force.
End Citizen United Fundraising
End citizen united has managed to raise $ 4 million in the first three months of 2017, and this was contributed by around 40000 new first-time donors who advocate for the group. By 2018 they have projected to raise $35 million, almost $10 million more than they raised in 2016. This is expected to boost the election of their candidates in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.
Around 100000 people contributed in the first trimester of the year to end citizen united PAC with almost two halves of that number donating to the group for the first time. The group aims to get candidates who are for campaign- finance reforms elected. They side more with the Democratic candidates for the slots in Congress.
Each donor gave an average of $12, leading to the massive funds collected. Through the group, donors get to act against the wealthy individuals who manipulate elections with their millions.
Visit endcitizensunited.org for more details about the group.