This is a committee that came into being in 2015 after the court ruled in favor if citizen united in the case of citizen united Vs Federal Election commission. The Supreme Court rule deregulated limits on spending, independent fundings and spending on, for or against a candidate. Excessive expenditure, by the wealthy during elections, has played a major role in undermining the integrity and purpose of elections. The wealthy use their funding to control what happens after the elections, pushing their individual interests. This brings about the lack of the much needed public service and development in all areas of the government. Follow the organization on Twitter.
End United Citizens committee’s sole purpose, like the name suggests, is to end the Citizen United, by ensuring that everyone is involved in election financing and expenditure. End Citizens United is focused on driving large campaign donations and expenditures out of the US politics and election of “no strings attached” candidates to Congress. The will be done by, the committee, raising, contributing money and running independent expenditures for these candidates. End citizens united operated its first election in 2016 with about 25 million US dollars in funds.
In this cycle, End Citizens United financed the following candidates from the Democratic party, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and Zephyr Teachout among others. For Maggie Hassan and Catherine Cortez, End Citizens United was their biggest outside group funding with about 4.4 million dollars in total. By mid-2017, the committee has raised more than 7 million dollars from the grassroots and was aiming for 35 or more million dollars for the 2018 election cycle.
Critics are quick to point out that the End Citizen United endorsed Democrats in the previous election cycle. This committee is not limited to that party, it’s endorsed and will support independent candidates as well as pre-reform Republicans. Its purpose is not to pick a side but to have candidates in Congress that can think and act freely without interference or threat from individuals with vested interests. This makes sure that the public, even the least of the voters, is involved in the development and progress in their states and country at large.