End Citizens United is on a path to rid off big money from politics by raising funds to see their plans come to fruition. According to USA TODAY, the political action committee has so far managed to raise about $4 million in the first quarter of 2017 and it targets to have raised $35 million before the Congress midterm elections slated for 2018. This will represent a higher amount than the $25 million that the PAC used in the 2016 election, which marked its first cycle in elections.
Around 100,000 people donated funds to the PAC during the first three months of 2017, 40,000 of them were first time donors according to Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of the PAC. The goal of this PAC remains to ensure that pro campaign-finance reform individuals are elected to Congress. Tiffany further shone light on the contributions they have received this far where the average donation stands at $12. A majority of the donors are the people who feel that the current system is rigged and only the wealthy persons get their say. They use the contributions as a tool of fighting back the rigged system. The Democrats were furious with the shock Trump win in November last year and are determined to fight his nominees and agenda according to Muller.
Recent Fund Raiser Awareness
Recently, the PAC urged its donors to raise $500,000 towards the campaign of congressional Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff. Ossoff is from Georgia and a first timer in politics. John Ossoff maybe only 30 years of age but surprised everyone in the political arena after managing to raise over $4 million in campaign funds. The funds were geared towards bankrolling his campaigns for the special election held on April 18. The election was held in order to fill a vacant Republican seat in the House of Atlanta. The vacancy arose from Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services. Muller stated that the PAC is still looking at the races that it will be fully involved in come the year 2018. However, she indicated that End Citizens United would play a part in shielding Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown from Ohio in 2018.
Origin of End Citizens United
End Citizens United’s name originated from the Citizens United decision delivered by the Supreme Court in 2010. The decision allowed corporate and union donations in the candidate elections as well as the launching of super PACS capable of raising and spending unrestricted amounts. End Citizens United on its part is a conventional PAC and therefore does not accept any donations that exceed $5,000 from one donor. However, despite this donation cap, the PAC was able to raise funds that saw it emerge among the top Democratic-aligned groups that spent huge amounts.