Ends Citizens United is a Political Action Committee (PAC) based in Washington, D.C. The PAC was established in 1988 by Floyd Brown, a political consultant who hails from Washington. Ends Citizens United received significant funding from the industrialists- Koch family who own the second largest privately owned company in the USA. The group promotes socially conservative causes and corporate interests to advance national security and sovereignty. The main aim of the group is to elect campaign-finance reform champions to the U.S Congress. Currently, David Bossie serves as the president and chairman of the group.
Supreme Court Case
In 2008, there was a Supreme Court case known as Citizens United v. FEC about election spending in which End Citizens United was the plaintiff. Citizens United challenged the law by suing the Federal Election Commission which sets election rules and campaign finance laws. As a result, in 2009, the PAC gained fame through the controversial Supreme Court case which made its way through lower courts before the U.S. Supreme Court granted an appeal.
End Citizens United sought to broadcast Television advertisements for a video-on-demand film criticizing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. However, this would violate the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act which barred unions and corporations from paying for media that mentioned candidates in periods after preceding elections. The Justices gave a 5-4 ruling that declared unconstitutional the government restriction on independent political spending by corporations and unions as well as determined the anti-Clinton broadcast should have been allowed. As a result, Citizens United has positively affected the way corporations and unions can spend on elections.
End Citizens United Raises 4 Million
End Citizens United focuses on raising money out of politics, and this was seen during the first three months of 2017 when the group collected over 4 million dollars. According to fundraising details that were provided to USA Today, the PAC aims at raising 35 million dollars via a series of various projects ahead of the midterm elections in 2018 for Congress. Also, End Citizens United carries out its operations as a traditional political action committee and does not accept individual donations of more than 5,000 dollars.
In April 2017, End Citizens United urged its contributors to make a 500,000 dollar contribution towards Democrat Jon Ossoff. Mr. Ossoff is the first-time candidate in Georgia’s congressional campaign that raised over 4 million dollars on April 18, 2017, for the special election held to fill a Republican House seat that was left vacant by the Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Prince. Approximately 100,000 people contributed to the PAC during the first quarter of 2017 according to Tiffany Muller, the PAC’s executive director, and president. So far, the average contribution the PAC has received is 12 dollars.