According to End Citizens United, the U.S. political landscape changed forever in 2008 when the Citizens United group attempted to broadcast what was called a 90-minute campaign ad by the Federal Election Committee. PAC President Tiffany Muller points to this moment and the court cases which followed as the defining moment of the erosion of the democratic process in the U.S. After moving through different courts the case arrived in the Supreme Court in 2010 with a ruling coming down in favor of Citizens United by five votes to four.
Established in 2015, End Citizens United operates as a traditional PAC as the group does not wish to have undue political influence placed on it from special interest groups and billionaire donors. The overall aim of End Citizens United is to garner enough political support to ensure the reversal of the Citizens United decision of 2010; although the aim of the PAC may be seen as limited, different regulations and discrepancies are monitored throughout the year by the PAC.
Recently, the PAC has reported a major campaign financing issue for the people of the U.S. in the form of the misuse of funds by Florida Governor Rick Scott as he explores a run for the Senate. Campaign rules state a candidate cannot do more than accept limited funds for “testing the waters” for a run before announcing their candidacy for a specific role. Scott created the New Republican Super-PAC to help further the agenda of President Donald Trump but is now said to have changed the focus of the group to campaign for his own political aims.
End Citizens United is looking to do more than simply bring about lasting change for election finance rules with its desire to create a new Washington D.c. where candidates are not tied to special interest groups. The grassroots campaign of the PAC sees donors limited to donating no more than $5,000 per election cycle with an average donation of just $14. Despite the limits placed on the PAC by President Tiffany Muller, the PAC states it is on course to reach its campaigning goal of $35 million by the time of the 2018 Midterms.
End Citizens United’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EndCitizensUnitedPAC