End Citizens United was established in 2015 as a political action grassroots mobilizing group. The main objectives are countering disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system. It is a means of demonstrating to candidates and elected officials the ability of voters to fight increasing interference of billionaires in election processes.
It aims to build a strong, broad coalition that works towards reforming campaign finance and pressuring elected officials to take action. The move will help dismantle big money politics that is running the political system. End Citizens United aims to champion election of campaign finance reform politicians.
The champions seek to End Citizens United and stopping unlimited political funding. End Citizens United works together with pro-reform candidates to raise money issue as a national priority. Also, it uses grassroots support to demonstrate political will on the issue of campaign funding.
They also support reform candidates coming under attack from the corporate mega-donors and special interests together with their super PAC networks and dark money groups.
Most of the candidates receiving support are Democrats because they play a leading role in this fight. Across the country, most independents, democrats, and republicans all agree that undisclosed political funding is spiraling out of control. The group plans to set up a separate expenditure arm that will financially back reform candidates through initiatives such as direct mailers, television ads, and polling.
End Citizens United also hopes to enact these reforms in both local and state level. The plan is to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision in 2010. However, it is encountering skepticism by political finance experts. The hurdle is that the bill must garner two-thirds in both the house and senate. Besides, three-quarters of US states must ratify it.
The intention is hugely acclaimed as wanting to restore government transparency. It is being applauded for its pressure on the Supreme Court and political actors, which are eliciting public awareness to the need for reform that ensures elections have no interference from rich billionaires or corporations. Most of the candidates backed are Democrats as the leadership of Republican Party is frustratingly supporting the Supreme Court decision.
The grassroots support receives an average donation of $14.86 and has received 136,000 donations so far. It has raised at least $2 million from small donors and s receiving more donations from a wide range of sources. It aims to achieve $30 million this cycle. It has a support base of 325,000 Americans who have signed a petition for finance reform amendment. It is currently, collaborating with like-minded groups such as Ready for Hillary that boasts $4 million people.