End Citizens United is a PAC on a mission to drive out big money from politics. It aims to do this by raising big money to support its ideal candidates, and it has been performing excellently so far.
End Citizens United has already collected more than $4 million during the first three months of 2017, making it a sort-of super political action committee. It is also optimistic about the future of its fundraising as it projects that it will have raised over $35 million before the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections. If the projections are accurate, then this will be a $10 million surge compared to the $25 million that the PAC raised for the 2016 presidential elections.
The PAC has been gaining a lot of popularity with the public, especially since the victory of President Donald J. Trump. The group’s Executive Director and President, Tiffany Muller, reports that the PAC has attracted about 40,000 first-time donors this year. In total, the PAC has received contributions from about 100,000 people across the U.S. In addition to President Donald J. Trump’s election, most of these donors are also motivated by the growing sentiment that the system is biased against them; they feel that the system’s greatest donors get the greatest say while the others go largely unrecognized.
End Citizens United is still examining the situation to determine which political races it will back come 2018. However, it already has several candidates (mostly Democrats) that it has thrown its weight behind. In particular, it is working towards getting Democrat Jon Ossoff into Congress.
Jon Ossoff, a first-time political candidate, is intent on replacing Tom Price who left the seat vacant after being appointed the Health and Human Rights Services Secretary. It is urging its contributors to donate at least $500,000 towards Jon Ossoff’s Congressional campaign, and there is great optimism that it will reach this goal considering the growing momentum of contributions. The PAC was also very vocal in the controversial nomination and subsequent appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Education Secretary. Citing her huge donations to the Republican Party, the PAC urged the beneficiaries to recuse themselves from voting on the matter; in the end, the vote was at a deadlock standing at 50-50, with the tie-breaker being from Vice President Mike Pence.
End Citizens United’s aggressive fundraising has been both impressive and alarming for campaign-finance watchdogs. Campaign-finance watchdogs prioritize grassroots activism over fundraising, and they are worried that the big-money fundraising may corrupt the PAC’s core purpose. However, End Citizens United was quick to defend itself. Adam Bozzi, the PAC’s spokesman, said that the PAC had already forged many ties to campaign-finance groups at the grassroots.
Tiffany Muller reported that this year’s average contribution stands at $12 per donor. However, the PAC has a donation cap of $5,000 per donor.