A fresh political action committee aiming to bring reforms in campaign financing played a huge role in 2016 elections. It planned to channel huge amounts running into millions of dollars to various Democratic candidates running for House as well as Senate seats in the country. End Citizens United was launched in 2015. The group had raised over $2 million by August, 2015 from the small donors. Richard Carbo, the group’s communications director, revealed that the group aimed at raising $25 million to about $30 million for the whole cycle.
End Citizens United’s Ultimate Goal
End Citizens United had an ultimate goal, which was to ensure a constitutional amendment seeking to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court on Citizens United in 2010 passes. The Citizens United decision had given the leeway for super PACs to emerge and unleash a huge wave of dark money on the political arena. By the time of going to the press, the group had managed to get over 325,000 signatures from people who supported the group’s petition demanding that Congress passes the legislation. The group hoped to increase the number after their partnership with the “Ready for Hillary” group that rented them their email list containing over 4 million followers. This was in a bid to reach a large number of prospective liberal supporters. The group endorsed 11 Democratic candidates that included Sen. Michael Bennet from Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin.
How is End Citizens United Different from Other PACs
Carbo revealed that although there were other PACs with the agenda on campaign finances reform, the End Citizens United was different from them. He pointed out the hole in the conversations aimed at only the political side as well as getting the right people elected in order for the existing laws to be changed. The group was focused on backing leaders that favored campaign finance reforms and those who would rise against the Citizens United. It also targeted those under attack by the Koch brothers and other dark-money groups. The group planned on coming up with an autonomous expenditure arm in early 2016 in order to back their preferred candidates via initiatives like direct mailers, polling and television ads.
Skepticism by Experts
End Citizens United main objective was received with skepticism by some experts in campaign finance. The group had an uphill task as a constitutional amendment requires the consent of two-thirds of the House and Senate, and the ratification by three-fourths of all the states. Various experts had divergent views on the matter. [Read More]
About End Citizens United
End Citizens United was established on March 1st, 2015. Its main aims were countering the dangerous effects of the Citizens United decision as well as reform the campaign finance system in place. The group aimed to play a key role in the formation of a brand coalition to pressure the lawmakers into action.
The role of George Soros in American politics is not hidden. In fact, he has a strong influence on many political activities including presidential campaigns. Soros along with many rich Liberals spent millions of dollars to support Hillary in the presidential elections. After the unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton, George Soros has already started working on his plans on Snopes. On November 2016, the Democracy Alliance donor club kicked off a conference in Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington. Many influential personalities like Senator Elizabeth Warren, co-Chairman of Congressional Progressive Caucus Keith Ellison, Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi, and leaders of liberal groups and leading unions attended the conference on nytimes.com. It is the first ever major gathering of liberals after Trump’s victory. They plan to give Trump a very tough time from the beginning.
The attendees assessed the role of Democracy Alliance in politics. The beneficiary groups and donors of the alliance have been shaping institutions and organizations on opensocietyfoundations.org to support Hillary Clinton. Their main approach was to use women and minorities in the American electorate which would get Democrats the victory in elections. Unfortunately, the strategy did not work in the presidential elections, and Trump used white work-class as his strength. Moreover, the policy of beneficiary groups of DA to use money in politics and issue of climate change was not as effective as expected. It was George Soros who launched the Democracy Alliance after the elections in 2004. At that time, Soros and other mega-donors spent tens of millions of dollars to boost John Kerry’s presidential campaign; however, he lost it to George W. Bush. The donors created many think tanks and advocacy groups that were not a part of the Democratic Party, but they were working for its interests. Their job was to defend Democrats against the attack from the rightists and at the same time, push Democratic politicians to the left.
Besides Soros, there are more than hundred members of the DA which include leaders of liberal foundations, labor unions, and titans like Donald Sussman and Tom Steyer. Each member of the group is paying more than two-hundred-thousand dollars a year in the form of donations to recommended groups. They also pay thirty-thousand dollars a year for meetings, entertainment, catered meals and DA staff. Since 2005, DA has donated up to five-hundred million dollars to various groups that act as pillars of the left. It includes organizations which are run by the allies of Hillary Clinton such as Catalist, Center for American Progress and Media Matters. George Soros donated twenty-five million dollars in 2016 to boost Democratic candidates and Hillary Clinton.
George Soros does not always attend formal proceedings and meetings of the Democracy Alliance. However, his appearance at the November 2016 conference of the Alliance shows his commitment to invest against President Trump. George Soros lived through the horrific experience of Soviet Communism and Holocaust during his early life in Hungary. The miseries he went through during Communism and Nazism made him to devote his foundations to protect open societies in different parts of the world which now includes the United States.