End United Citizen is a public action committee whose popularity is growing fast. It was formed to advocate for the elimination of big money from politics.
What is Driving End Citizens United’s Popularity?
Recently there has been a trend in politics whereby popular candidates are funded by big corporations and wealthy individuals. This has raised questions about the integrity and loyalty of these candidates once they take office. Consequently, most of the ordinary citizens have been feeling left out since it seems that whoever has the most money gets the biggest say.
End Citizens United was formed to combat this trend. The PAC raises money of its own and backs candidates who it considers to have integrity and the interest of ordinary people at heart.
End Citizens United was established on March 1, 2015. Since then, its influence has grown nationwide, and its members have increased steadily. According to its records, it had about 60,000 donors in 2016, and it has so far received an additional 40,000 new donors by mid-2017. It is also important to note that the PAC does not accept corporations or organizations but rather just individuals.
A Big-Money Public Action Committee
End Citizens United has collected about $4 million in the first quarter of 2017, which is quite a good figure considering it is relatively young. However, more surprisingly, it estimates that it will have raised about $35 million ahead of the mid-term elections for Congress in 2018. If these estimates are correct, then the PAC will have collected about $10 million more than it did for the 2016 election.
The President and Executive Director of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, reported that the average contribution to the committee was $12. She also attributed the committee’s popularity to the rise of President Donald J. Trump to power in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
End Citizens United is aligned to the Democratic Party. According to the committee, this is not a political business but rather appreciation of what the party stands for. To this end, all of the candidates it has backed thus far are democrats, and it will likely fund only Democrats come mid-2018.
One of the most notable candidates funded by End Citizens United is Democrat Jon Ossoff. Jon Ossoff was running for the 2017 special election for the sixth congressional district of Georgia after Tom Price was appointed the Health and Human Rights Services Secretary. The PAC donated up to $500,000 to Ossoff’s campaign, and Ossoff surprised many when he raised over $ million himself. Unfortunately, Ossoff lost to Karen Handel.
Tiffany Muller says that the PAC is still assessing the candidates that it will back come 2018. In the meanwhile, it is calling on to more ordinary people who feel left out to take the fight to big-money politics by raising money themselves.