In 2010, the US Supreme Court passed a ruling for Citizens United thereby recognizing corporations as people. This decision created room for billionaires and those with special interests to pour unlimited amounts of money in America’s elections on endcitizensunited.org. This has resulted in a loss of accountability and transparency in the electoral process according to the opponents of this ruling.
End Citizens United PAC was launched in August 2015. The group was founded by three former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee online fundraising specialists. The team’s primary goal is to overturn the 2010’s Supreme Court ruling through a constitutional amendment.
Many people have already signed the movement’s petition requesting passing of such legislation by the Congress. “Ready for Hillary” accepted to rent out its email list to the group to recruit potential supporters on endcitizensunited.org. This partnership also made it easy for the group to get more funds from donors.
End Citizens United supports Democrats because it fights against the Citizen United. Republicans in Congress have been opposing the overturning of this ruling. This decision continues despite some Republicans and Independent voters accepting that undisclosed political spending is dangerous in a democracy. On August 2015, End Citizen United endorsed 11 Democratic candidates.
On July 2016, End Citizen United PAC announced its support for Hillary Clinton. Also, Clinton would get a chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice in support of the legal action.
When accepting the endorsement on endcitizensunited.org, Clinton said she had been opposing this ruling from her early days of the campaign. She also said she would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who understands that the 2010 ruling is a threat to democracy. That was good news to End Citizen United PAC.
She also said she would fight for reforms in America’s campaign finance system. She would ensure more disclosure requirements. These measures would offer a fair ground for people who are not wealthy and well connected to compete fairly in elections.
Unlike other PACs, End Citizen United is engaging in active politics by getting the right people elected. The group supports candidates who stand against Citizen United and those under attack from Koch Brothers and similar dark-money entities.
Rick Hasen, a campaign finance control expert and University of California-Irvine School of Law’s Professor of law and political science says that groups like End Citizen United are excellent in raising awareness of the rulings of the Supreme Court thereby forcing them not to make wrong decisions.
In addition, the group’s access to around US$30 million and its decision to actively participate in politics enables it to influence the House race significantly. As a result, its demands are more likely to be considered than those of most of the other PACs.