End Citizen: The Grassroot Donor-Funded PAC

Established on March 1, 2015, End Citizens United is known as a PAC (Political Action Committee) that is funded by grassroots donors. They are committed to countering Citizens United disastrous effects and reforming their campaign finance system.

They will show elected officials, press, voters, and candidates, that the grassroots are counterattacking with force against the rising billionaire’s brazenness trying to buy their elections. That’ll be the ingredient of building a broad coalition that is working in regards to campaign finance reform as well as pressuring lawmakers in taking action.

According to the article on the MSNBC, a new political action dedicated to campaign finance reform wanted to be a major player in the year 2016, and it was planning on funneling millions of dollars to the Democratic candidates that were running in Senate races and competitive House countrywide.

Richard Carbo, who is the communications director, said that the End Citizens United group, which had officially launched August 2015, had raised over 4 million dollars from small donors, and the group was on track on raking in a total of 25 million dollars to 30 million dollars for the whole cycle. The ultimate goal of the group was passing a constitutional amendment for reversing the decision of the Supreme Court in Citizens United, which in the year 2010 had given rise to super Political Action Committees and released the dark money tidal wave into politics.

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By that time, over 325,000 people had already signed the End Citizens United’s petition that was demanding Congress pass before-mentioned legislation. That number was likely to get a boost because the group had partnered together with “Ready for Hillary”; it was to rent its e-mail list, which included upwards of 4 million individuals, who were to reach out to the potential liberal supporters. The month of August 2015, End Citizens United had also announced its 11 Democratic candidates’ endorsement, including Sen. Michael Bennet of CO (Colorado) and former Sen. Russ Feingold WI (Wisconsin).

While there had been other Political Action Committees focusing on campaign finance reform, Richard said that his group was distinct as there was a gap in the conversation that was addressing the side of it that was political and making people get elected who were capable of changing the laws that were existing.

That meant supporting candidates favoring the campaign finance reform, who were going to stand up against the Citizens United, on top of those who were under attack by the Koch brothers (billionaire conservative) as well as other groups that are related to dark-money. The group was planning to set up an independent expenditure arm in 2016 for financially backing the candidates through initiatives that included polling, direct mailers, and television ads.