The 2018 election cycle has presented End Citizens United with yet another opportunity to continue their campaign finance reform efforts. End Citizen United (ECU) has been in play since 2015 following the Citizen United vs. FEC Supreme Court ruling back in 2010. The Supreme Court decision paved the way for people with unlimited money to be part of the American election and gave them the power to influence it. ECU, therefore, seeks to overturn this ruling and eliminate dark money in the political scene.
End Citizens United survives on grassroots donations to drive their agendas and reform the campaign finance system. To deliver on their mission, the group only endorses candidates who remain strong by not accepting PAC’s money. The End Citizen United, therefore, support such candidates financially by raising funds to give pro-reform candidates a fighting chance. ECU has set an average of $14 for donations. To chip in the 2018 election cycle, EUC expects over $35 million from the grassroots donors.
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Pro-reform candidates who are backed by the End Citizens United not only get funding but also have access to a network of EUC members who provide the political support they need. Some of the endorsements that stand out in the 2018 midterm elections are Beto O’Rouke, Randy Bryce, Jack Rosen, Ami Bera, Donald McEachin, Sherrod Brown, Tommy Baldwin, Augus King Andy Kim among many others. End Citizens United is hopeful to retain the candidates in order to challenge the Republican incumbents.
End Citizens United has as well involved the citizen and has made the necessary steps to give power to them. The group has conducted nationwide campaigns, provided centralized hubs and has become a member of the People’s Defense. Their efforts have driven strong petitions to senators’ offices nationwide.
The group has also been known not to back down and this goes back to 2006 when they stood against senators for refusing to hold a hearing on Judge Merrick Garland nomination. Apart from that, it has opposed Trumps nomination of Judge Kavanaugh and Judge Gorsuch.
Despite End Citizen United efforts, individuals who support the Campaign finance reforms have to turn out and put a stop to campaign finance corruption. Basically, it is a joint effort between EUC the reforms.