End Citizens United is a newly established Political Action Committee with a specific mission of agitating for campaign finance reforms in the U.S. It plans to be a big player in the 2016 elections by funneling large amounts of money to Democratic candidates who are vying for House and Senate seats nationwide.
The group was established in March 2015 and raised $2 million from small donations in under one month. Its communications director, Richard Carbo, said that it was on track to raise between $25 million and $30 million. Ultimately, its end goal is passing a constitutional amendment that will reverse a 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which led to the formation of super PACs that raised and donated large amounts of dark money into the U.S. political scene. These PACs channel millions of dollars aimed at buying elections.
How the End Citizens United Plans to Reverse the Supreme Court Ruling
End Citizens United has already collected at least 325,000 signatures from people demanding that Congress passes the amendment to end the Citizens United decision. Furthermore, it has entered a partnership with “Ready for Hillary.” The PAC has agreed to rent End Citizens United its email lists with over 4 million subscribers.
End Citizens United has already endorsed 11 Democratic candidates who it hopes will push for reforms regarding the disastrous ruling once elected into office. By backing people sympathetic to its causes, the PAC has set itself apart from other PACs. Plans are underway to establish an expenditure arm that will act autonomously to financially back candidates through several initiatives including polling, television ads, and direct mailers.
Expert Opinions on Proposed Amendments
Campaign finance experts have expressed their reservations and criticism against the PAC’s proposed constitutional amendments. This is because no constitutional amendment has taken place since 1992. Furthermore, an amendment requires a two-thirds consent from both the Senate and House of Representatives on top of ratification from at least three-fourths of states.
Sunlight Foundations’ policy director, John Wonderlich, said that passing a constitutional amendment was an uphill battle because Washington has become quite partisan lately. Law professor, Rick Hasen, stated that even if the group raised over $100 million, and had sympathetic members in both houses, getting an amendment passed was still a pipe dream.
End Citizens United
The End Citizens United Political Action Committee was established to counter the devastating effects caused by the U.S. Supreme Courts’ ruling dubbed Citizens United. The decision opened campaign financing floodgates, which allowed the funneling of massive amounts of dark money through the country’s political and campaign systems.
The PAC plans to achieve its mission by electing pro-reform candidates, raising a national priority awareness, and using the power of grassroots membership to push for reforms. It supports Democratic Party candidates since Congress Republicans leaders oppose the proposed campaign finance reforms.