End Citizens United is a political action committee. It wants to campaign finance reform. In order to do so, it will be funneling millions of dollars to the Democratic candidates who are running in competitive Senate races all across the country.
End Citizens United has already managed to raise over $4 million. This has mainly come from small donors. It is going to raise $25 million to $30 million.
All these efforts are being made to make the Congress pass the constitutional amendment that will be able to reverse the decision of the Supreme Court regarding Citizens United. That was made in 2010 and led to super PACs and a lot of dark money entering into politics.
End Citizens United has managed to collect 325,000 signs on its petition that is demanding that Congress must pass such legislation. It even partnered with the “Ready for Hillary” campaign in order to enhance its impact and reach.
Now, 11 Democratic candidates are going to be endorsed by End Citizens United. This is not the only PAC that is focusing on campaign finance reform. But End Citizens United is different as it is addressing its political side. They are trying to get those people elected who can change these existing laws. Hence End Citizens United is backing those candidates who would favor campaign finance reform. They would be able to take a stand against Citizens United.
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End Citizens United will be enacting campaign finance reforms even on the local as well as state level. The campaign finance experts are a bit skeptical about it. This is because a constitutional amendment has to get consent from two-thirds of the Senate. It needs to get ratified by as much as three-fourths of states too.
Hence a constitutional amendment is definitely not easy here. Also, since 1992, no Constitutional amendment has been passed in America. Rick Hasen is an expert in campaign finance regulation. He says that even if the group is able to raise $100 million, the chances to get a constitutional amendment will still be a dream. The only way to get the law changed is by getting a new Supreme Court justice who would be able to shift the balance of this court.
Still, groups such as End Citizens United are helpful as they create public awareness of this decision by the Supreme Court. It keeps on the political pressure on the Supreme Court and on the other political actors too so that things do not get worse.
End Citizens United is not backing Republicans as they are standing in the way of overturning this decision by the Supreme Court. Hence this PAC is going to support those candidates who will champion for campaign finance reform.