End Citizens United is a donor-funded political movement that aims at reforming the America’s campaign finance system. The movement was launched on 1st March 2015. With a good grassroots backing, the movement is determined to frustrate billionaires’ efforts of buying elections by mounting pressure on lawmakers to take the necessary action. End Citizen United believes that by the Supreme Court passing the End Citizen rule, the amount of corruption in the electoral system would significantly increase.
The leadership team of End Citizen United includes the Executive Director Tiffany Muller, the Political Director Jody Murphy, the Finance Director Jordan Wood, the Operations Director Erin Fyffe, and the Operations Coordinator Rachel McGovern. The board members are Ron Barber, Christopher Massicotte, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, and Jessica Vanden Berg.
Supporting the Democrats
In the approach to the recent U.S. elections, a new political movement was launched. The movement aimed at mobilizing campaign funds to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for Democratic candidates. The movement was dubbed End Citizens United. Ultimately, the group’s long-term objective was to petition for a constitutional amendment against the Citizen United decision made in 2010 by the Supreme Court that gave rise to super PACs. By August 2015, over 300,000 liberal supporters had signed the petition.
According to the movement’s communication director, Mr. Richard Carbo, End Citizen United would only finance campaigns for reformers – people who were ready to challenge the existing campaign finance laws. Most importantly, the candidates to be supported had to stand up against the Citizen United decision and all the other dark money avenues. End Citizens United would drum up support for their candidates through direct mailers, polling, and television ads.
An Uphill Task
The movement quest to amend the constitution, however, was an uphill task specifically because no constitutional amendment attempt has been successful in America since 1992. This comes as no surprise bearing in mind that the bar for any constitutional amendment in the U.S. is very high.
- The amendment must be supported by not less than two-thirds of the house and the senate
- Three-quarters of all the states must ratify the amendment.
Rick Hasen, a political science professor at Irvine School of Law, argued that as much as it would be hard for End Citizen United to achieve their constitutional amendment goal, the group would impart the much-needed political pressure on the Supreme Court, keeping the court in check.
Why End Citizens Won’t Fund Republicans
Despite the Republican congressmen and their supporters warming up towards the movement’s mission, End Citizens United would not support Republican candidates. This was explained on the group’s website noting that the Republican leadership in Congress was in support of the Supreme Court’s decision and, thus, the Republicans lawmakers would not be relied on to bring any campaign finance reform.