The End Citizens United political action committee has been one of the most impressive of the 2016 election cycle and one of the sole bright spots for Democrats who lost control of Washington’s political landscape. Despite only being established in 2015, End Citizens United became important to the Democratic cause during the race for The White House when Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton rented the email list of the PAC and $25 million was spent over the course of the election cycle; as the 2018 Midterm elections draw closer, the PAC has stated it expects to overhaul its total donations from 2016 and spend around $35b million on campaigning for those sharing their belief in a fairer financing model for political campaigning.

End Citizens United has become so committed to pushing for a fairer system of financing campaigns that the Republicans who accept the largest donations from special interest groups have been named and shamed as the “Big Money 20”. President of the PAC, Tiffany Muller announced the “Big Money 20” and stated these politicians will be targeted by End Citizens United with details of their work with special interest groups forming the backbone of their work on behalf of endorsed Democrat nominees. The success of the campaign financing message has been shown with theTexas Senate election fight between Incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke; in a recent End Citizens United poll, special interest payments totaling more than $1 million made to Cruz were explained to voters along with the pledge made by O’Rourke not to accept special interest funding resulting in a two-point lead for the Democrat.

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The End Citizens United PAC believes the issue of campaign financing is one of the most important in modern U.S. politics and is fighting for the reversal of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited funding for election campaigns from corporate PACs and billionaire donors. Among the reasons for the need for the reversal of the Supreme Court decision is the high level of political influence wealthy donors now have and has resulted in the needs of single entities and individuals being placed above those of the nation.

Operating as a traditional PAC limits the impact of donors on the future direction of End Citizens United as members are only permitted to donate a maximum of $5,000 per election cycle. The Washington D.C.-based PAC has attracted some major donors such as George Soros but capping all donations means all members are classed as grassroots donors and have the same say in the future of the organization. The success of End Citizens United is seen in the fact around 70 Democrats have already signed the pledge refusing to accept big money during the upcoming Midterm elections in contrast to the three politicians signing prior to the 2016 elections.

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