End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that has been uniquely focused on the issue of dark money in the world of American politics. Dark money, or big money as some politicians refer to it as, is one of the greatest existential threats that our democracy faces to this day. Dark money is when a special interest comes to Washington D.C. and puts money into the pockets of politicians in order to ensure their vote or support on a potential issue. The surge in dark money can be traced back to the 2010 Supreme Court decision regarding the conservative group, Citizens United.
End Citizens United was created in response to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling. End Citizens United, as their name implies, is focused on overturning the Citizens United decision by way of an eventual constitutional amendment. However, this is hard to do and there have been few occasions that politicians on both sides of the political aisle have been willing to work together. In fact, the last bipartisan constitutional amendment was in 1992. Still, End Citizens United is looking optimistic toward the future. The founder of the PAC is Tiffany Muller and she has been almost glowing with excitement over the past several months. The reason? People are motivated.
The election of Donald J. Trump, reality TV star and millionaire heir, was the slap in the face that many people needed to get out of their political apathy. In the first quarter of 2017, Donald Trump’s first three months as President, End Citizens United saw nearly $4 million in donations come flowing in. There were over 100,000 donors and nearly half of them were giving for the first time. While this is a huge number, there is still a long way to go. End Citizens United is looking to raise nearly $35 million by the time the 2018 Congressional Elections come around.
In order to provoke great change in Washington D.C. you need the support of both the people and some of the top legislators in the country. End Citizens United is very particular about who they choose to endorse. They are only looking for politicians who are willing to make campaign finance reform a key part of their legislative process. So, when End Citizens United endorses somebody you know they did as much homework as possible.
End Citizens United recently acme out to endorse Senator Martin Heinrich from New Mexico. Senator Heinrich is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Russia collusion scandal with President Trump. Senator Heinrich is also a huge opponent to the Citizens United decision. End Citizens United endorsing Senator Heinrich will give him nearly 360,000 national donors as well as 30,000 local members in New Mexico to help with his campaign.