End Citizens United is a political action committee (PAC) launched in August 2015 working toward campaign finance reforms. The PAC plans on being a major player in 2016, funneling their resources (millions of dollars) on Democratic Candidates competing for Senate and House seats. Richard Carbo, the communication’s director, stated that the group had managed to raise over two million dollars from small donors and the PAC was on track to bring in a sum of between 25 million dollars and 30 million dollars.
End Citizens United’s Goal
End Citizens United’s aim is to amend the constitution and undo the Supreme Court’s ruling which in 2010 unleashed a tide of dark money and Super PACs into politics. Over 325,000 individuals support End Citizens United’s move to pass said legislation. The number of supporters is likely to rise as the group partners with “Ready for Hillary” who will rent out their e-mail list to widen their net and reach more liberal supporters. In the same month of the group’s launch, they announced their participation in endorsing eleven Democratic candidates.
Mr. Carbo addressed this move citing that unlike other PACs who solely focused on campaign finance reforms, the End Citizens United had taken an alternative decisive approach having identified a gap in the political side which included getting people with the capability of changing the existing laws elected. This meant that they had to back candidates supporting campaign reforms and will stand against the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United.
Criticisms of End Citizens United’s Strategy
End Citizens United’s efforts have been met with criticism from campaign finance experts. A constitution amendment requires two-thirds of the House and Senate approval in addition to 75% of the states ratifying the amendment. Professor of law and political science, and a campaign finance regulation professional, Rick Hasen, explained further on the pros and cons of End Citizens United’s move. He gave a hypothetical illustration, citing that even if the group managed to raise 100 million dollars the thought that this amount would facilitate a constitutional amendment through electing sympathetic congress members was a pipe dream.
Mr. Hasen added that a greater chance of getting the law overturned was the confirmation of a new Justice of the Supreme Court who had the capability of being the tie-breaker during a court balance. Mr. Hasen, however, argued that PACs such as End Citizens United served an important role in maintaining the pressure on the Supreme Court alongside other political players and ensuring public awareness of the court’s decision.
About End Citizens United
It was formed on March 1, 2015. The group is a Political Action Committee supported by grassroots donors. End Citizens United has committed themselves to countering the negative impacts of Citizen United through campaign finance reforms. Their mission is to disassemble the country’s rigged political system and fight Big Money through passing state ballot and electing persons in support of campaign finance reforms.