End Citizens United was conceived on March 1, 2015. Five years prior, the controversial 2010 Supreme Court ruling of Citizens United vs. FEC labeled corporations as people. The ruling took away any restriction special interest groups and billionaires had in influencing American elections. Now they had unfettered access to both major and minor elections, with an unlimited ability to provide campaign contributions. Naturally, many on the hill did not like this as it made elections purchasable. End Citizens United was formed with the goal of bringing reform to the elections system, and eventually rescinding the Supreme Court ruling altogether. A lofty goal to be sure, but one the political action committee fights passionately for. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) September 2, 2018
End Citizens United supports reform candidates. These are political hopefuls who believe in campaign reform and refuse to take money from Super-PACs. ECU uses grassroots campaign funding to support these candidates in hopes of nabbing them a seat. This is just one part of its overall mission. End Citizens United also fights to the keep the conversation of financial influence over elections in the public purview. Allowing the discussion of campaign reform to remain on a national level. This raises awareness. It also advocates for the passage of pro-reform laws that inhibit campaign contributions from Super-PACs. The end goal is to get enough pro-reform candidates elected, that eventually solid legislation can be passed to overturn Citizens United vs. FEC. This requires changes to the constitution.
This year has proven fruitful for ECU as a sum total of thirty-four seats have already been snagged by Democratic candidates. As the Democratic party falls more on the reform side than Republicans, most of the candidates the ECU supports are on the left side of the equation. So far this year’s election cycle has seen some long-held Republican seats abdicated. Hopefully for End Citizens United this will be a continuing trend. The next seat under contention happens to be Ted Cruz’s. Democrat Beto O’ Rourke is closing fast on Cruz according to recent polls. The Democratic hopeful’s win would be a big gain for ECU as he is a passionate reform candidate.