End Citizens United is a political entity that would like to get the money out of politics, but which has also raised quite a bit of money of its own. The democratic group has raised $4 million to date and expects to raise $35 million by the 2018 congress elections. The PAC (political action committee), for the 2016 election, raised $25 million. The amount raised for 2018 will be a substantial increase in funds. During the first quarter of 2017 roughly 100,000 people donated to the cause, 40,000 for the first time, according to Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director of the organization.
The goal of End Citizens United, for the 2018 congress election, is to elect people who want finance reform in the government. People are contributing about $12 per person, according to Muller. The feel of their supporters is that the system is being controlled by the people who have the most money, and this could be their only way to fight against the system. There is also a momentum from the 2016 election, where the democrats are mortified that Trump was elected and feel the need to oppose many of his decisions.
Recently the PAC has been asking their contributors to support the election of Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political candidate for the first time, in Georgia. Ossof has raised $4 million for the Republican House seat in Atlanta, left vacant by Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary. The group is looking into who they will be supporting vigorously in the 2018 elections. The name, End Citizens United, comes from a decision of the Supreme Court in 2010, called Citizens United, which encouraged super PAC’s to form, allowing the use of unlimited corporate donations to help elect candidates.
On their website, End Citizens United, it is being reported that a special interest group is paying 21 republicans a total of $2 million to vote for the new health care bill. It is thought 24 million Americans will lose their health care, through the bill, and prices for coverage will only go up. Seniors and people with pre-existing conditions will be singled out, and their prices will be higher. The America Action Network, which will not reveal the source of their money, announced the $2 million in positive ads for the new health care bill, as an incentive, to the 21 Republican members who voted for the repeal. End Citizens United would like to hold congress accountable for their monetary incentives and their knowing deception of the American people regarding health care.