End Citizens United (ECU), which is a Political Action Committee (also commonly called PAC), received a lot of attention in the spotlights of this year. The organization is devoted to combating the constitution law called “Citizens United,” held on 2010, which dealt with the way organizations were able to spend money in supporting campaigns during elections. They consider the effects of the Citizens United disastrous and have raised $4 million on the first three of 2017. Currently, with more than 3 million members and 270,000 donors, this PAC promises to have a lot of impact for the elections to come, gaining new donors each week.
The big numbers are still about to come: Besides the $4 million raised, they are expecting it to reach $35 million by 2018 midterm election. It is significantly more to the amount raised by the Committee in the election of 2016. The contribution that End Citizens United was able to gather was superior to 100,000 supporters, and there are much more to come for the rest of the year. The United States is very divided about the election of Trump, and more unsatisfied citizens are supporting them every day.
The PAC was able to achieve a lot just in the beginning of the year. More than $650,000 was raised for the campaign of the Democrat Jon Ossoff. They were also able to convince a couple of Republican senators to refuse to vote for the recently announced Education Secretary in Trump’s government, Betsy DeVos, because of the unethical donations her family had done to convince the senators to vote for her. These high achievements are possible because of their donors that have made ECU one of the most relevant electoral groups in American history.
The campaign to support Jon Ossoff was initiated because of how he “isn’t afraid to stand up to those in power and fight back against the rigged system in Washington,” according to Tiffany Muller, Executive Director of the PAC. Not only was the Committee able to raise tons of funding to the campaign, but they already released to the public the first ad to run for the Democrat in the election date of April 18th. The campaign is strengthened by the immense number of devotees that are backing up the fight against the current finance system that was allowed through Citizens United.
The ad that will endorse Ossoff’s campaign aims to cover his record as a reformer and his desire into changing the political system as well. He seeks to raise attention to the problem of raising money to politics as well as raise awareness of how this system has rigged previous elections. Democrats are the leading force against Citizens United, and more changes are going to be made during the rest of the year.