Many political action committees have made a big impact on politics over the years, but with the impending midterms just around the corner, all eyes are currently on End Citizens United. Founded in 2015, they are currently working to raise $35 million for the midterm elections, 10 million more than they raised last year. The ECU is hopeful that the money they raise will go a long in way in ensuring the victory of Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. While they’ve only raised about $7.5 million as of mid-2017, they remain confident that they will be able to reach their fundraising goals by November.
End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington DC and their current president is Tiffany Muller. They were founded in response to the Supreme Court Decision, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, and their mission is to keep big money out of politics.
Their Senate endorsements include such well-known political figures as Kyrsten Sinema, Heidi Heitkamp and Tammy Baldwin. They have also released what they call the Big Money 20, a list of the greediest and most depraved Republicans currently holding public office. Their goal is to ensure these elected officials are not reelected and this year’s list includes such well-renowned politicians as Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrbacher and Ted Cruz. These 20 are collectively known as the “worst of the worst.” With Darrell Issa, Ryan Costello and Paul Ryan already announcing their retirement, the list is now down to just 17. End Citizens United can only accept donations up to $5000 due to their operating as a typical political action committee.
End Citizens United currently has over 3 million members and the majority of their donations stem from those generous donors. One of their biggest goals this year is to appeal not just to Democratic constituents but also to independent and unaffiliated voters, especially in the months leading up to the big midterm elections. In the past, ECU has endorsed such prominent politicians as Russ Feingold, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the previous presidential election. They were also instrumental in helping to elect such strong and progressive candidates as Maggie Hassan and Catherine Cortez-Masto. With the midterms steadily approaching, it’s clear the Democrats have the upper hand going into the November elections. So we wish them the best of luck in their fundraising endeavor and hope they achieve all of their goals in the 2018 elections.