Also Known as ECU, End Citizens United is a political committee that is based in the United States. It is an organization that is committed to turn around the 2010 decision that was made by the US Supreme Court in the Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The decision deregulated limits which are independent expenditure group spending against or for specific candidates. End Citizen United is committed on driving the big money out of politics and their goal is to elect the campaign-finance reform champions to the congress. This is done by raising and contributing money for the candidates and also running independent expenditures. The organization was established in 2015and began its operation in the first election cycle in the year 2016 with funding of over $25 million.
Since it was founded, End Citizens United has been able to endorse Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton, Zephyr Teachout, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Russ Feingold and also Jon Ossoff. ECU is also among the biggest outside organizations to assist in electing senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Maggie Hassan. This was during the elections of 2017 and it spent $4.4 million during the races. The established organization stated that by mid 2017 it had raised over $7.5 million from the grassroots donations. It also plans to come up approximately $35 million for the election cycle of 2018. End Citizens United is recently-founded political committee that is devoted to campaign finance reforms and is said to be a big player in the year 2016. The main mission of the organization is to funnel many millions of dollars to the Democratic Candidates who are running in Senate and Competitive House races throughout the United States.
Since it was established, End Citizens United has managed to raise a lot of money towards election campaigns and helped many candidates in acquiring their seats. The crucial goal of End Citizens United is to get ahead of a constitutional amendment so as to turn back the Citizens United decision which was made by the Supreme Court. Since 2006, over 325,000 individuals have managed to sign to the petition by End Citizens United that demands the congress to pass such legislation. Just recently, End Citizens United made announcement about their endorsement of eleven Democratic candidates who include Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin who is a former senator. End Citizens United has plans to come up with an independent arm early next years in order to support the candidates financially via initiatives such as polling, television ads as well as direct mailers. The organization hopes to continue with its public awareness about the decision of Supreme Court as well as keep its political pressure on the Supreme Court and also other political actors.
The team at End Citizens United has been hard at work over the past two years as they’ve been fighting for and championing campaign finance reform. End Citizens United was established as a response to the catastrophic and disastrous ruling in 2010 surrounding the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United was spearheaded by a lawyer named James Bopp. Bopp argued before the Supreme Court that corporations were people and that donations they made were an extension of their ‘freedom of speech’. Of course, Citizens United was never interested in free speech and instead they were interested in opening the floodgates for political lobbyists to flood into the government. Now, further efforts have been undertaken by conservatives in order to destabilize campaign financing. This time, President Trump and his Republican majority are setting their sights on destroying the Johnson Amendment.
The Johnson Amendment was created in a bipartisan effort by Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson. The goal of the Johnson Amendment was to put a filter in between religious institutions and their lobbying on behalf of politicians. In short, the Johnson Amendment traded tax-exempt status for churches to not use their pulpit as a political tool to campaign and finance politicians. The Johnson Amendment made its way onto the books in 1954 and since then it has been steadily gaining fire from those on the religious right wing of America’s political spectrum. Donald Trump made the loudest overture toward removing the Johnson Amendment with an executive order earlier this year that told the IRS to stop persecuting churches for breaking the law. The IRS is under no obligation to listen to Trump in this regard, but the latest Republican tax reform proposal puts even more pressure on the Johnson Amendment.
End Citizens United was established to champion campaign finance reform and PAC President Tiffany Muller has put supporting the Johnson Amendment at the top of their list. End Citizens United is trying to raise awareness for the importance of the Johnson Amendment in a coordinated, grassroots effort. Muller understands that if the Johnson Amendment were destroyed that it would put religious institutions into a position by which they could funnel money right into American politics. Churches would effectively become an open way for lobbyists to funnel money, tax free, into the United States government. If dark money and corporate interests are bad right now, imagine how bad it will be when these donors can use churches to write off their donations on their taxes.
End Citizens United has an uphill battle ahead of them as Republicans hold a majority at almost every level of the United States government. Only by raising awareness and motivating individuals via grassroots campaigning can there be hop of stopping this disastrous decision.
Many people are concerned about the outcome of this presidential election. Republicans have always wanted a fiscally conservative candidate that would express their economic views as president. This election pits a very qualified but dislike Democrat against a non-politician maverick who has changed his allegiances on important subjects in the past and has shown an unsettling aggressive personality that is loved by the far right but contrary to what is required of a president.
While Republicans usually favor the wealthy classes in the United States of America, Hillary Clinton has strong ties to Wall Street. Brad Reifler seems to be on the side of the Republican candidate but seems to have his fears about his competency. Many in the electorate share this uneasiness about two very different and disliked candidates.
This election could not be over with too soon for most of us.