Elections in the US, like in any other country, requires funds and transparency to run smoothly. Fundings can be gathered from individuals and organizations that support the agendas of the candidate as well as the party that the candidates are members. These findings have created a chance for individuals or groups to push their agendas and vested interests after the elections. It ensures that the candidates use their positions to benefit the few wealthy individuals rather than cater to society’s needs. This lead to the establishment of End Citizens United, a political action committee whose main purpose is to fight against large political fundings with ulterior motives.
It was founded in 2015 after the court ruling, in 2010’s Citizen United Vs Federal election commission, that allowed elections to be funded by wealthy individuals and organizations. End Citizens United is bent on driving out of elections independent individual fundings against or for a candidate, by gathering funds for candidates and running independent expenditures. End Citizens United participated in its first election in 2016 with a 25 million dollars funding where it funded Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and Zephyr Teachout. Read this article at chronicleweek.com to know more.
End Citizens United’s campaign to end Citizens United has been met by a share of challenges. Though a majority of US citizens, especially in at the grassroots level, agree that excessive use of funds by the wealthy to “buy” election is a big challenge, there is still a large part especially the high end, that still believes in Citizen United. Since End Citizen United financed Democrats in 2016, supporters of the Republican Party and other critics are quick to point this out creating another challenge for the committee.
The End Citizens United supports and is ready to support any candidate from independent, Republicans and Democrats alike. It is committed to making fundings and election expenditure open for the public and making sure extreme independent or individual findings are put under control. In its cycle from 2016, the committee has raised over 30 million dollars and aims for more before the 2018 midterms. On its website, people can see the progress being made and what they do and pages on pre-reform candidates.