We are going to look back at the 2016 Presidential Election as a deciding moment in our nation’s history. Millions of people saw what could happen when political apathy met political insurgency from fringe groups. Now, in 2017, we are seeing a renewed focus on grassroots activism and political change starting at a personal level. End Citizens United is a political action committee that has dedicated their cause to pulling special interests out of politics by way of targeting the 2010 Supreme Court decision regarding Citizens United.
Citizens United, for those not in the know, is a conservative group that challenged the Supreme Court in order to try and loosen the restrictions about money in politics. Somehow this group won and the Supreme Court was forced to loosen the hold that existed as rules within the political campaign regulation book. Now we see more and more dark money ruling politics with special interests and lobbying groups doing their best in order to alter the political climate by way of purchasing politicians. End Citizens United was formed with the explicit design of doing what their name says; ending the Citizens United decision. How are they going to do this? By putting power back in the hands of the people.
End Citizens United was formed by President Tiffany Muller under a year ago. Her goal is to put politicians into office who are focused on reforming campaign finances. Muller says that her PAC has been so successful, where others have failed, due to their concise and focused message: ending Citizens United. Muller has seen that her PAC is particularly busy thanks to the rise of anti-Trump sentimentality as his Presidency continues to crater toward mediocrity and, ultimately, destruction. People are mad and they want to fight back — at least that is Muller’s biggest takeaway.
Through the first quarter of 2017 we saw End Citizens United raise a stunning $4 million. The goal for the PAC is to raise a total of $35 million throughout 2017 in order to prepare politicians that believe in campaign reform for the 2018 congressional elections. This PAC is run almost completely by the average, every day citizen. There are no special interests or lobbyists interrupting the PAC with massive donations. In fact, Muller says that the average donation to End Citizens United is roughly $12. There are no powerhouses here running the show, this is a PAC by the people and for the people.
Right now End Citizens United is focused on helping Jon Ossoff in his special election run in Georgia. Ossoff is a Democratic candidate who was once considered an outsider but thanks to support from End Citizens United he looks to have a legitimate path to victory.