End Citizens United is a political action committee launched in 2015 and committed to campaign finance reform. Their 2016 strategy involved channeling millions of dollars to candidates of the Democratic Party. The communications director, Richard Carbo, said that the group was in line to raise 30 million dollars, considering that they had raised over 2 million dollars within their first month.
The End Citizens United’s end game is to ensure a constitutional amendment is made that will reverse the Citizens United ruling made by the Supreme Court, which paved the way for super PACs that successively unveiled a stream of dark money into the political scene on msnbc.com. This led to the mobilization of huge amounts of dark money that would be used to influence elections.
Strategy for Constitution Amendment
One month through their launch and over 325,000 people had signed, supporting End Citizens United’s petition. The group had strategically put a plan in place to boost these numbers. A partnership with “Ready for Hillary” was used to reach out to, and attract potential liberal supporters. The group also announced that they would be endorsing 11 Democratic candidates.
This move was strategic because it involved getting people who could change the existing laws elected on alternet.org. This meant that the group had to back candidates who were for the campaign’s finance reforms and were against “Citizens United.” However, their petition to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling was met with criticism from most campaign finance experts. Another hurdle in their way was that they had to win by a two-thirds majority in both houses and get the amendment approved in over three-quarters of the U.S.’s states.
Arguments on the Road Ahead
John Wonderlich from the Sunlight Foundation stated that the stakes for a constitutional amendment were high and that it was an uphill battle for individuals who were committed to that path.
Law professor and campaign finance regulation expert, Rick Hasen, discouraged End Citizens United’s strategy stating that even with 100 million dollars’ worth of capital used to elect sympathetic Congress members, amendment of the constitution would still not materialize. Mr. Hasen added that a greater probability chance of getting the petition invoked would be supporting a new Justice of the Supreme Court, who had the capability of shifting the balance of competing interests on LinkedIn.
About End Citizens United
The End Citizens United group was founded on March 1st, 2015, and is dedicated to reforming the campaign finance system in the United States. Grassroots donors fund the Political Action Committee whose core mission revolves around dismantling the rigged political system and fighting big money in politics. They are committed to electing campaign finance reformers who will work towards overturning Citizens United and ending Dark Money.