End Citizens United is a political caucus formed to counter the Supreme Court Decision that deregulated spending limits by political candidates and groups. The core agenda of the group is to get rid of big spending in politics. They intend to elect reform champions in campaign finance. They would like such reformists to join Congress and pursue the agenda from there.
Background and Leadership
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 following agitation by those aggrieved by the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission. There is a board that oversees the activities of the group. Tiffany Muller, the Executive Director and President of the group is looking up. She has given direction regarding the group’s activities including fundraising strategies. The group is headquartered in Washington DC.
One of the strategies that End Citizens United is using is to endorse candidates for the various political positions. They are particularly interested in positions in the Congress and the Senate because these institutions are the ones charged with legislation and processing of bills that affect the concerns of the citizens. Some of the people that the group has endorsed include Hillary Clinton, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Zephyr Teachout, John Osoff, Priori Jon Tester and Sheldon Whitehouse.
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The political pressure group has achieved significant progress on the fundraising front. The group indicated that it succeeded to raise over $ 7 million in 2017 and intends to go several notches higher in the 2018 election cycle. In particular, they have targeted raising $35 million.
The Concerns Raised By the End Citizens United Political Pressure Group
The Group has altered the political landscape and how the elections in America will be conducted. Indeed, the Supreme Court revisited the legal argument that corporations are nothing but people. The move effectively opened the Pandora’s Box and allowed billionaires and groups with special interests to spend unlimited and undisclosed sums on the candidates that they prefer. Such a move is perceived to be counteractive and infringes on the rights of citizens to make their democratic choices without undue influence.
The group is funded by the grassroots people. All efforts are directed towards achieving campaign finance reforms and pushing the legislators to take appropriate action. According to actionnetwork.org End Citizens United, apart from endorsing campaign reform champions for the various political seats, it seeks to actively elect candidates that are pro-reform, sensitizing the public on the issue of unlimited spending in campaigns and starting a conversation that will heal the country of the rot occurring in the electoral system. It seeks to use grassroots’ membership to show political power on the concerns touching on big money in politics.
The group has been filing their petitions with the Federal Elections Commission ever since it was formed. It had its latest filing done on Dec 20th, 2017. The group has a team of experienced democratic activists to assist in broadcasting the message against uncontrolled spending in political campaigns.