A Look At End Citizens United Fundraising Efforts

Representative Beto O’Rourke has had success raising money for his campaign in Texas to replace U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke is considered a longshot to unseat the Republican Senator as the state of Texas has not elected a Democrat for this position since 1994. However, he is having a lot of success raising funds nonetheless. In March he had only raised $535,000 for his campaign. As of mid-July, he had successfully raised this total to $2.1 million.

When announcing this sum that he had raised, Beto O’Rourke commented that all of the money he had raised had come from individuals. He has not received any money from special interests, political action committees (PACs) or corporations. His campaign has been supported by End Citizens United PAC, though, which has spread his message to their 157,000 members in Texas as well as their 330,000 donors across the United States. As he does not take PAC money in any form End Citizens United has not contributed financially to his cause themselves.

End Citizens United has also had a lot of success raising funds this year. In just the first three months of the year they collected over $4 million from small donors. They are now on track to raise $35 million for the 2018 election cycle which is a large increase over the $25 million they had collected for the 2016 elections.

Tiffany Muller, who is End Citizens United’s executive director and president, said that her organization has so far raised money from over 100,000 people. The average contribution, she said, was $12. The members of her PAC know that the political system has been rigged against the average American and supporting End Citizens United is part of their way of fighting back.

End Citizens United is an organization which came about due to the Supreme Court decision which allowed the massive flow of money into politics. The Supreme Court ruled that people and companies could give any amount they want to political campaigns as any restrictions financially placed on them, even entirely reasonable restrictions, amounted to a violation of their first amendment rights.

As this Supreme Court decision has resulted in limitless spending that comprises the election process, End Citizens United works to support politicians who want to enact meaningful political election reforms. They ultimately want to establish a new constitutional amendment which will limit how much any one person or corporation can donate to a campaign.

As a PAC itself, End Citizens United operates as a traditional one which means it will not accept any donation over $5,000. Despite this, they have become one of the larger Democratic PACs in operation. They are already laying the groundwork to support election reform-minded politicians in the upcoming midterm elections.

Shedding Light On Dark Money In Politics

End Citizens United is a PAC attempting to end the shady money coming into politics from its GOP counterparts. If you’ve recently woken up thinking that you had a dream of Donald Trump being our President, only to find out it’s a scary reality, you may want to check out this grassroots organization. Comprised of primarily “small donors,” this group is attempting to reform campaign funding laws to avoid major corporations to be seen as humans in our electoral process, essentially “buying” elections.

 

Identifying The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizen’s United v. FEC, which allows special interests and billionaires to fund campaigns with no accountability as being the problem, the group has grown to well over 325,000 supporters in its petitioning and fundraising measures. The group seeks to bring transparency to our electoral spending through a few simple measures:

 

  1. Electing pro-reform candidates
  2. Raising the issue of money in politics as a national priority
  3. Using grassroots membership to demonstrate political power on the issue of money in politics

 

Self identifying as “Democrats,” the group is led by a staff of significant diversity, including Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director, being one of the first openly gay political figures in Kansas, and paving the way for other LGBT figures to become representative in other areas of government such as congress and the senate, tackling discrimination every step of the way. The other staff members range from advocates to veterans, representing nearly every walk of life.

 

End Citizens United makes getting involved easy, and provides a wealth of informationĀ on its website, where you can find video, news articles, a research area, and even find local events and causes to support this noble organization. If you are like most of us, and tired of having the government represents only a tiny fraction of the population, it might be time to consider getting involved. Money may not seem like a huge issue when looking from outside within, however our current administration exemplifies perfectly why this needs to be a major concern to all American’s, as most of us aren’t billionaires, and are being represented by folks that simply can’t relate to our issues and concerns. It’s time for a change, and time to act now, without further delay.