The phenomenon of grassroots level activism is taking root as a new form of mass movements for the realization of democratic accountability. Many people see a fundamental flaw in the American electoral process in which the finance campaign has become a blatant abnegation of free and fair elections. There is a huge amount of money involved in congressional elections and business moguls invest millions of dollars in getting their favorite people elected to congress. Those elected as the result of finance campaign tend to project and protect the commercial interests of their financial backers by legislating favorable laws and regulations. To confront this insidious democratic flaw, the End Citizens United (ECU) seeks to fight the menace of campaign finance and aims to disentangle the electoral process from the Citizens United, powerful and wealthy business elite which use the money to control elections.
With these aims and objectives in consideration, the ECU was started in 2015. The ECU is a political action committee which is run through funding from grassroots donors and with the money of average American citizens. It has democratic project on its agenda which it aims to implement through public support. The ECU is challenging the notorious and widespread campaign finance system prevalent in congressional elections throughout the U.S.
The ECU is providing an alternative to the flawed system of elections through campaign finance system. The political action committee in this regard announces its candidates for every state through its House Endorsements before the congressional elections. Recently, the committee has heralded the names of the endorsed candidates of the first round for the 2018 elections cycle. In the first round of endorsements, the ECU has announced 19 candidates who are believed to be staunch supporters of reforming the campaign process by extricating it from the financial involvement. With its three million members, the ECU has the capability to support these members through advocacy actions to bring the issue of campaign financing to the center stage of election campaign.
The ECU runs extensive promotional programs and workshops to emphasize the problems associated with the flawed campaign process. It also apprises the voters about the manipulations of business moguls and industrialists and their commercial interests. The ECU believes that, with its ongoing advocacy activities, most of its endorsed candidates will be elected in the congressional elections of 2018. Once the ECU gets its members elected to the House of Representatives, its campaign would gain more weight and acceptance.
The ECU is unique in the sense that it does not receive huge sums from charity organizations and rich businessmen. Rather than that, the ECU relies on the funding it receives from average Americans. It doesn’t accept huge sums, and only collects less than $5000 from an individual. It has a preference for an average peoples’ participation over the amount of money one contributes to its cause.