End Citizens United (ECU), a Political Action Committee (PAC) that working towards fighting against unlimited spending in politics, is preparing for the 2018 midterm elections. The group has already started raising big money to ensure they elect a majority in the House of Representatives. These elected leaders will fight to end dark money in the American landscape. In its first round of House endorsements, ECU has listed 19 advocates of campaign finance reform from 11 states. The PAC will oversee the campaign activities for these candidates and connect them with their grassroots members. Tiffany Muller, the executive director of ECU, accused Trump of electing billionaire donors and politicians with corporate special interest in his administration. She added that the citizens are tired of being led by people who have personal interests. To this end, the entity is planning to work with their endorsed candidates to fight the Super PACs and unlimited spending in the American elections. This information was originally reported on End Citizens United website.
ECU demonstrated its impact during the Georgia 6th District special election by raising over $825,000. The endorsement included running a digital ad “Tireless and Effective” for Ossoff, which helped in promoting his progressive message. The group collected over $4 million in the first quarter of the year and announced that they were planning to hit $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. The PAC seeks to support the election of Jon Ossoff, a first time candidate vying for the position left vacant by Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary. In 2016, ECU raised $25 million, which put them among the top spenders in political action committees. Tiffany Muller said the contributions received in the first quarter were raised by 100,000 members. Notably, 40,000 individuals were first-time donors. This renowned effort by ECU was fueled by Democrats anger against President Trump’s win and his agenda to appoint his friends such as the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Tiffany, who also worked as the deputy political director of the campaign arm of the Senate Democrats, indicated the endorsement of defending Democrats Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown in 2018. She commented that they were still analyzing the races to determine where their impact would be maximum. ECU leads in the promotion of its agenda by not accepting over $5,000 from a single donor. The group was formed after the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The ruling sought to promote unlimited spending, thus giving rise to numerous super PACs. End Citizens United seeks to fight for campaign finance reform in the American landscape. They are determined to restore transparency and accountability in American politics. To this end, they use aggressive fundraising and grassroots membership to demonstrate their political power. The ECU supports Democrats since they are the traditional champions of campaign finance reform. In addition, ECU works to educate citizens on the negative effects of dark money in politics.
This information was originally published on USA Today.