The Third Largest 2016 U.S. Political Action Committee (PAC), End Citizens United (ECU) made a commitment to transform the financing system of political campaigns. Since March 1st, 2015, they continue to run as a traditional committee by accepting donations from contributors in the amount of $5,000 or less to support political candidates. Their membership has reached over three million members, and they have 330,000 financial supporters. ECU’s main objective is to eliminate the manipulation of the political system by fighting against Big Money political donations. To accomplish this, they hope to elect Democratic promising leaders to promote campaign finance reformation and pass state legislation.
The committee recently announced their endorsement for 19 Democratic candidates for the House in 11 U.S. states, on April 25th, 2017. Candidates from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington will unite with EUC to support campaign finance reform as a significant problem in the U.S. Campaign financial supporters donated over $825,000 to support local and national media for Jon Ossoff, a Georgian Democratic Congressional political candidate. USA Today reported on the 4th of April that he raised over $4 million for the Republican House seat election, held on the 18th of last month.
End Citizens United raised $4 million for first quarter ending March 31st, 2017. The committee told USA Today they were projecting $35 million in donations to help with reforming the political financial system for 2018 Congress elections. Mr. Ossoff came up short of winning the seat by less than two percent of the 50 percent required votes in the April 18th election. He will now go against Republican Karen Handel in the June 20th run-off election to replace former Republican Congressman Tom Price, who now serves as U.S. Secretary of Human and Health Services.
Sources say End Citizens United continues to evaluate active elections in 2018 and supports two democratic senators, Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester. They expect to raise more donations for next year’s elections compared to the $25 million raised in 2016. Most of the donors, last year, donated $4 up to $5,000 to support Democratic politicians in various elections. Thus far, Ossoff has raised over $8 million and spent approximately $6 million to support his campaign.
The mission of End Citizens United is to push political campaigns reform and fight Big Money in manipulated political elections, after two years in operations. The committee’s commitment to defeat Citizens United, stop dark money, and end unlimited donations reduces the chances of deceptive manipulation in campaigns. ECU is dedicated to supporting Democrats in major races who share the same support as they do to reform campaign finance system.