End Citizens United, a political action committee is keen on transforming the campaign finance system in the United States. It plans on collecting millions of dollars to fund Democratic candidates in the 2016 general elections running for various Senate and House elective posts across the country. The group has so far collected over $2 million from regular citizens’ donors. It has a target to raise around $25 million to $30 million to finance Democratic candidates as explained by Richard Carbo, End Citizen United’s communications director.
Their ultimate goal is to pass a statutory amendment to repeal the Supreme Court’s decision favoring Citizens United, made in 2010, which saw the formation of super PACs and gave free rein to dark money splashed into politics. More than 320,000 individuals have signed End Citizens United’s appeal challenging Congress to pass the reversed legislation. The group recently aligned with the Hillary campaign dubbed “Ready for Hillary.” The new team promised to lend out its mailing list purported to reach over 4 million prospective liberal supporters.
End Citizens United also publicized its backing of 11 Democratic candidates, key among them; Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and ex- Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Carbo said it’s an unprecedented move because they believed they have the right candidates to amend the existing laws once elected into office. That means supporting candidates for the controversial campaign funding restructuring which will face Citizens United — including those under attack by the wealthy Republican Koch brothers and other super PACs groups.
End Citizen United plans on allocating a budget to finance the candidates through polling, television ads, and direct mailers. Carbo reiterated that a campaign budget averaging $30 million could signify a major ad buy that may perhaps “impact a House race.” The group has since received 136,000 donations from grassroots followers with donations averaging $15.
End Citizens United History
End Citizen United was established on March 1st, 2015, as a Political Action Committee financed by working class donors. We are devoted to opposing the terrible effects of Citizens United and restructuring our campaign funding system. We have five members of staff, including senior adviser Valerie Martin, a former campaign member on Sen. Claire McCaskill 2006 election team from Missouri, and Reed Adamson, a campaign manager who helped Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider win in 2012.
Our ultimate goal is to prove that the grassroots are fighting against the growing insensitivity of billionaires frustrating us with election buyouts. This will build a broad coalition and pressure lawmakers to modify campaign funding legislation. We support Democratic candidates for modification to our campaign funding system and help to overthrow Citizens United. We support candidates under attack by wealthy donors and special commercial interested parties and their Super PACs networks of dark money. Democrats are against Citizens United, and we think significant reforms can occur with their leadership.