End Citizens United is a political action group that came together in August 2015. The group’s goal is to pass a constitutional amendment and reverse the decision of the Supreme Court “Citizens United.” The political action group raised more than $25 million and over 4, 000 people have signed the petition for the amendment on endcitizensunited.org. End Citizens United publicly announced its support of 11 Democratic candidates among which are Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.
There are many political action groups on Facebook, and many are so similar that they barely differentiate from each other. So what makes End Citizens United different ad stand out from the rest? End Citizens United, according to communications director Richard Carbo, stands out for reasons such as the type of persons they endorse. More specifically, they back candidates who are in favor of the finance reform of the campaign and will stand against the Citizens United decision, but they also support candidates who are under attack by a number of dark-money groups. The End Citizens United group is planning on setting up a way to support its candidates by creating an independent expenditure arm through television adds, polls, direct mailing, etc.
Along with its main objective, End Citizens United also hopes to help enact financial reforms for campaigns both locally and in the state area. However, their main objective has received some kind of skepticism by campaign finance experts. One of reason is that America hasn’t passed a constitutional amendment since 1992. The notion feels slightly foreign to partisans and to some of the public. While some stay by those beliefs, others differing opinions on the matter. Rick Hasen is a campaign finance regulation expert on endcitizensunited.org and a professor of political science and law at the UC-Irvine School of Law. He states that groups like End Citizens United are necessary and very important no matter if they manage to raise enough money to pass the constitutional amendment or not. Hasen states that those groups serve a purpose of making sure there is a dialogue between the public of the United States of America and the Supreme Court. That dialogue keeps the expectations and the needs of the public known to the members of the Supreme Court which is extremely for the stability of a country. This correlates to another reason that Rick Hasen provides, and that is the high importance of the passing of better laws or, plainly said, to not make things worse. Groups like End Citizens United are much needed because they do provide awareness between these two vital parts of the United States – the Supreme Court and the vast public. Moreover, the access to $30 million in fundraising can create enough ad buy to achieve their ultimate goal.