The gears of political change in Washington D.C. are turning and there might be renewed hope on the horizon for progressives and moderates alike. End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created exclusively to combat the rise of dark money in the political world. The problem of dark money can be traced back to 2010 when a conservative group by the name of Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court for looser financial campaign restrictions. They won, inexplicably, and the results have been as quick as they have been disastrous. Lobbyists, special interests, corporations and billionaires are now running the country and there are only a few big names fighting back.
End Citizens United has seen a rise in their popularity since the election of Donald Trump to the White House. End Citizens United’s President, Tiffany Muller, says that Democrats are ‘furious’ and wish to start ‘fighting back’ to stop his agenda, stem the destruction of his cabinet members and their work, and set up a future that is a little bit more honest to the people. End Citizens United knows that they have a long road ahead of them so any surplus of activity has to be seen as a huge victory.
The early quarter of 2017 saw a huge boost in donations. Over 100,000 people donated to the PAC through the first quarter and nearly half of them were first time contributors. Over the first quarter the team at End Citizens United ended up raising a jaw dropping $4 million, a drop in the bucket to be sure, which was a great first start all of the same. The goal for 2017 is to raise a total of $35 million in advance of the 2018 Congressional Elections. It will be during 2018 that the country’s future really gets decided.
In order for End Citizens United to be successful they have had to get behind politicians who are willing to tackle the problem of campaign finance reform. Unfortunately campaign finance reform is partisan only at the top levels of government. Republicans and those on the right are firmly against campaign finance reform which leaves only the left wing and progressives ready and willing to fight for equality within government. End Citizens United knows that in order to get a constitutional amendment on the table that they are going to need strong legislators behind them. That has led Tiffany Muller’s PAC to endorse 11 democrats including top dems, Russ Feingold and Michael Bennet — Senators from Wisconsin and Colorado respectively. All eyes are now on 2018 to see if End Citizens United can parlay their momentum into a Washington D.C. game changing event and the stakes couldn’t be higher.