End Citizens United Finds Renewed Momentum in 2017

In 2010 the Supreme Court made a decision regarding a conservative group by the name of Citizens United. Citizens United, a right wing production, wanted to argue for looser regulations and less strict control of how campaign financing works. Their obvious goal was to make sure that lobbying and special interests could play a major role in the political machine. Despite how obviously terrible this was, Citizens United succeeded in opening up the doors for more dark money flooding into the political world. Since then political action committees and progressive candidates around the country have been fighting in order to repeal the damaging legislation. One such group by the name of End Citizens United appears to have the inside track on actually making this happen.

 

End Citizens United was established by Tiffany Muller, who also operates as the President of the PAC. The reason that she established End Citizens United was simple: she wanted to make the name of her committee a reality. Where many other committees attempted and failed to do any long term damage to the Citizens United decision, End Citizens United looks like it is going to be much more effective and much more organized. The reason for their efficiency is simple: people are wanting their voices to be heard, especially after the tragic election of Donald Trump tot he highest office in the world.

 

Through the first quarter of 2017 End Citizens United saw donations like they had never seen before. Over 100,000 United States citizens donated to the cause and that helped to bring in nearly $4 million in such a short time span. Muller says that angry progressives and upset centrists know that Donald Trump is damaging the White House and the United States and that has been what has driven so much passion toward the project. Still, despite this high level of donations, the average amount given was only $12. This shows that End Citizens United is truly a united front of regular, every day citizens who believe that their voice is more important than their wallet and that they shouldn’t have to sacrifice one to gain the other.

 

End Citizens United is attacking the Citizens United decision in the most fundamental way possible: they are backing politicians who are promising and campaigning on bringing legislation forward to amend the decision. Most recently we have seen End Citizens United endorse Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Senator Whitehouse has been a champion of campaign finance reform and having End Citizens United standing behind him bodes well for his re-election campaign heading into the 2018 election year. End Citizens United and Tiffany Muller know that 2018 is their biggest year ever so they are trying to raise nearly $35 million in advance.