In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in a case that drastically changed politics in the United States. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (F.E.C.) was a groundbreaking case that dealt with campaign and corporate finances. In layman’s terms, the resulting decision allowed that corporations have the same rights as individuals and led to unlimited campaign donations with little transparency by corporations.
End Citizen’s United is a Political Action Committee (PAC) that formed in response to the Supreme Court decision. As part of their mission, the PAC aims to stop the influx of dark money in politics, as well as be the agent of change in campaign reform and fix the political system. As part of this the PAC supports candidates who are champions of their agenda and bring these issues to the level of national consciousness. Some of their candidates include: Max Rose (NY-11), Paul Davis (KS-02), and Jacky Rose (U.S. Senate – Nevada). Using grassroots fundraising efforts, End Citizen’s United expects to spend approximately $35 million in supporting their candidates.
Located in Washington D.C., End Citizen’s United is guided by organization President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller. A current campaign being led by End Citizen’s United is the “Big Money 20” initiative in which challengers endorsed by End Citizen’s United campaign against incumbents who have accepted money from special interest groups such as drug and oil companies, and those perceived to have helped rig the system. For example, in Nevada, End Citizen’s United has endorsed a challenger to Senator Dean Heller who is actively backed by Wall Street and the banking industry. Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Ted Cruz are two other notable candidates in which End Citizens United is actively supporting challengers.
End Citizens United was created in direct opposition to the unfair flow of dark and big money from corporations that result in massive influence in U.S. elections. With a goal of transparency and a political system that reflects the will of the people and not the will of corporations, End Citizens United seeks to bring back the transparency and campaign finance regulations that were completely undermined by Citizen’s United v. F.E.C.. In rejecting corporate PAC money, the challengers endorsed by End Citizen’s United are backed by the people who elect them, and are not beholden to special interest groups. End Citizen’s United joins a larger movement towards transparency in campaign finance.