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.