The team at End Citizens United, a political action committee, have a tough task ahead of them. Their moniker refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court case which saw a conservative group by the name of Citizens United lobby the Supreme Court in order to loosen restrictions on financial funding in Washington D.C. This case is often pointed to as one of the most important cases in terms of allowing dark money to pervade all of the United States government. End Citizens United, as their name would imply, is a PAC that was established to find a path to overturning the infamous and disastrous Citizens United case.
End Citizens United was established by Tiffany Muller, the current President of the PAC. The goal of End Citizens United has been simple from day one: they want to raise money and awareness in order to promote politicians who are willing to put forth legislation in order to repeal via constitutional amendment the 2010 Supreme Court case of Citizens United. Obviously this sounds difficult, and it is, but there is so much more going on behind the scenes than many people actually realize. Taking dark money out of politics when it has become such an influential aspect of the political machine sounds impossible because it means that predominantly conservative politicians are going to need to forego a payday in order to do the right thing.
Still, End Citizens United has seen renewed vigor and growth over the past six months since the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The PAC had a motivating first quarter in 2017 as they raised an impressive $4 million in donations. This is a strong start for their 2017 fundraising year with the goal to be a total of $35 million by the time the 2018 Congressional Elections start rolling around. If End Citizens United wants to make any headway in their mission they are going to need to have a strong showing in 2018. Action needs to start at the highest level of government and this could be the fastest track to making that happen.
While End Citizens United focuses on fundraising they are also looking to politicians who can help get their message out there in order to make a difference. One such politician is Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Senator Whitehouse has been a vocal advocate for amending Citizens United and he has always been fighting to get rid of dark money in politics. Whitehouse will be going up for re-election in 2018 and he will have the backing of End Citizens United behind him. End Citizens United will need to continue pursuing such strong politicians in order to get their message out as far and wide as possible.