There have been many political action committees over the years but none have become quite as prominent in such a short of period of time as End Citizens United. They were founded in 2015 in response to the controversial decision made in the case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee.
Their goal is to reverse this decision and help keep big money out of politics. Their president is Tiffany Muller and they are headquartered in Washington DC. The current goal of End Citizens United is to raise $35 million to help Democrats emerge victorious in the upcoming midterms elections. This is 10 million more than they raised last year.
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They’ve already announced their endorsements for such high profile Senate candidates as Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren and Kyrsten Sinema. Recently, End Citizens United released what they call the Big Money 20, a list of the greediest and most corrupt politicians currently holding public office. Known colloquially as “the worst of the worst,” their goal is to target these depraved politicians and ensure that they are not reelected for another term. This year’s list includes such well-renowned elected officials as Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and Dana Rohrbacher. End Citizens United believes winning the midterm elections is the next stepping stone on the road to overturning the abysmal decision in the 2010 court case and eliminating the involvement of big money in politics. Whether they will succeed with this endeavor remains to be seen.
Based on past elections, however, it would appear the odds are in the Democrat’s favor to win big in the upcoming midterm elections. Ever since the presidential election of 2016, Democrats have been winning in all four corners of the country, particularly in areas that Trump won by a big margin in the previous election. Additionally, a record number of Republicans have announced their decision not to seek reelection in the upcoming midterm elections. This has led to speculation that the Democrats will be able to take back the House, Senate and Congress come November.
In the past, ECU has given its endorsement to such high profile candidates as Jon Ossoff, Beto O’Rourke and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the previous presidential election. They’ve also helped elect such strong progressive candidates as Maggie Hassan and Catherine Cortez-Masto. So we wish them the best of luck in the upcoming midterm elections and hope they achieve their goal of overturning Citizens United.
Last on our tour was St. Clair, where I cast my ballot. Polling places are open for another twenty minutes–so go get in line and let’s restore faith in Southern Illinois! #all12in12 #kellycoalition #IL12 #twill pic.twitter.com/vne6Esp4u2
— Brendan Kelly (@Kelly4SouthrnIL) March 20, 2018