In its efforts to get more Democrats elected to the Congress, End Citizens United has managed to raise more than $4 million towards the course. The cash will be used to finance campaigns for selected Democratic candidates. Besides, the innovative and effective committee hopes to raise about $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections.
In its effort to obtain sufficient funding, End Citizens United is looking to meet the target of an additional $10 million on top of the $25 million it managed to raise during their first election cycle. The money was channeled to fund campaigns of some of their candidates who got elected. The committee is hopeful that it will achieve its goal even when it has to beat the odds and a myriad of challenges ahead.
As a Political Action Committee (PAC), End Citizens United is seeking to invoke the constitutional amendment process to get a supreme court ruling against Citizens United revoked. The decision made by the court made it possible for the formation of super PACs. This means that Big Money will eventually find its way into politics, which is against the tenets of democracy in the United States. Currently, the committee can only accept donations that are below the $5000 mark from individuals. This is a step that ensures that illegal monies do not fund the group’s activities and affect the overall outcome.
Previously, over 100,000 people made contributions to the PAC. Of these, 40,000 donors were making contributions for the first time. The committee’s President and Executive Director, Tiffany Muller, is optimistic that more first-time donors will contribute in coming days. Already, there is a lot of support for End Citizen United and its fight towards better campaign-finance reform policies.
Recently, the committee led calls for contributors to raise about $500,000 towards the campaign of a first-time candidate, Jon Ossoff, a Democrat in Georgia. The 30-year-old Ossoff surprised the political circles by raising more than $4 million for the upcoming special election to fill in a Republican house slot, which was left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price. According to Muller, who has played an active role as a political director in the Senate’s Democrats’ campaign arm, the group is still weighing up the races to participate in come next year. There are signs that it could marshal resources to defend Democratic senators like Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester of Ohio Montana respectively.