.@BarackObama is right. If we don’t vote in 2018, we won’t be able to get Big Money out of our politics.
It’s that simple. https://t.co/yk8k4BPc17
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) September 8, 2018
The decision by End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller to form the group as a traditional PAC is an important one to understand. By working as a traditional PAC, ECU can limit the donations offered by members to just $5,000 per election cycle to avoid any talk of political interference in the organization’s work. Entering the political landscape as a left-leaning PAC in 2015, End Citizens United has aligned itself with some major Democrat heavyweights but has maintained its independence from the views of any single political campaigner. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase
End Citizens United began life in 2015, but the anger over the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has been building since the ruling was made in 2010. Citizens United is a dark money group aligned to conservative groups but has maintained a tight grip on the names of its donors. During the nomination campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Citizens United planned to broadcast the film, “Hillary: The Movie” but was blocked by the Federal Election Commission. During the court battle over the broadcast of the movie, Citizens United refused to reveal who was paying for the broadcast and eventually won the same rights as individuals under the U.S. Constitution.
After watching the democratic process in the U.S. affected deeply by the growing trend for dark money and special interest groups to influence the minds of politicians, End Citizens United was established in 2015. During the 2016 Presidential Election cycle, End Citizens United provided its email list for the campaign of Hilary Clinton and saw just three politicians from the left sign its election finance pledge. The work of Ecu is now focused on bringing progressive candidates to the attention of the electorate such as Texas Senate candidate, Beto O’Rourke. The Texan Congressman has signed on to fight the financial might of Senator Ted Cruz, a candidate who has turned his back on his own grassroots political history. With the aid of ECU, O’Rourke has already made great gains in the battle with Senator Cruz and is leading him in terms of fundraising.