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End Citizens United Aims to Prevent Dark-Money from Destroying Democracy

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

The decision made in the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission devastated citizens across the country. By declaring in the favor of Citizens United, Supreme Court Justices essentially declared that “corporations are people,” giving them and affluent individuals the ability to donate limitless amounts of untraceable money to United States elections. The Citizens United ruling could potentially ruin the United States democratic system as we know it, permitting a flood of dark money to enter the electoral system. Therefore, resulting in candidates winning due to their pockets rather their platform. View the group’s profile on linkedin.

Realizing the ramifications of this ruling, End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee dedicated to overturning the detrimental Citizens United decision. Found on March 1st, 2015 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the leadership of End Citizens United has established a two-step process as the center of their political strategy. The first step is to support candidates whom are committed to campaign finance reform. The second step is to carry out special efforts to ensure the overturn of Citizens United. Due to their obvious opposition of obscene amounts of money flooding the political system, End Citizens United is dependent upon grassroots fundraising for their money-raising strategy.

In the 2016 election cycle, End Citizens united raised twenty five million dollars to support dozens of candidates across the nation. The PAC has set a goal of thirty five million for the 2018 election cycle, already endorsing 130 candidates across the country. In addition to supporting candidates, the political action committee plans to target “the Big Money 20” during the 2018 cycle. “The Big Money 20” refers to incumbents who benefit the most from corporate political action committees and “big-money” donors. Members of the big money 20 include senators Dean Heller and Ted Cruz along with numerous representatives. The 2018 election cycle will be the most eventful cycle yet for the dedicated PAC. However, alongside booming democratic platforms such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the wind of a Democratic “wave” at its back, it appears to be a good year for End Citizens United.

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