End Citizens United, a Political Action Committee (PAC) is seeking to end dark money in politics. The entity is focusing on supporting many Democrats into the Congress. Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for Congress, End Citizens United has received over $4 million in the first quarter of the year. This amount shall be used to campaign for the endorsement of Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old first time candidate from Georgia. Ossoff is in the race to fill a House seat in Suburban Atlanta. It was left vacant by Tom Price, who is now the Health and Human Services Secretary. According to USA TODAY, the group is targeting to surpass their 2016 election contribution of $ 25 million to hit $35 million. They are urging contributors to donate $500,000 towards the congressional campaign of Ossoff. Tiffany Muller, the entity’s president, said that the collected amount was donated by 100,000 contributors. Remarkably, 40,000 of them were first time donors.
Tiffany, who is also the executive director of the PAC, said that they are still analyzing the races that they will support in 2018. She is the former deputy political director of the Senate Democrats’ campaign unit, and added that they are supporting Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Montana’s Jon Tester. Operating as a traditional PAC, End Citizens United does not accept offerings above $5,000 from each individual donor. Despite their offering cap, the group’s 2016 elections spending placed it among the top Democratic-aligned groups’ spending. The PAC’s spokesman, Adam Bozzi, said that they have managed to establish more connections through the campaign-finance groups. For instance, they have partnered with over twenty groups to persuade Republican senators who were supported by Betsy Devos not to vote on her nomination as Trump’s Education Secretary. However, campaign-finance experts have criticized the group’s aggressive fundraising and emphasized grassroots activism. This information was originally mentioned on USA Today.
About End Citizens United
End Citizens United does not support the Supreme Court’s decision that paved way to union and corporate donations in politics, and gave rise to super PACs, thus increasing their unlimited spending. Billionaires have increasingly stoked big checks to elect candidates in their favor. End Citizens United was established in 2015 to advocate for accountability and transparency in election spending. Funded by grassroots donors, the PAC capitalizes on its grassroots membership to fight disastrous effects caused by the court’s decision and implement campaign finance reform. They seek to achieve these objectives by electing candidates who support such reforms and pushing lawmakers to take action. They also plan to create awareness on the issue of money in politics and make it a priority nationally. End Citizens United endorses Democratic candidates in key races with the objectives of ensuring that they champion meaningful reforms in the election process. Candidates are required to fill a questionnaire for the PAC to determine the suitable individuals that warrant the support of the institution. This information was originally published on End Citizens United’s website.