You got to have a dream to make a dream come true, and the PAC (Political Action Committee) End Citizens United has quite the dream, indeed. This organization’s goal is campaign finance reform, and it wants the influence of big money out of politics, especially where elections are concerned. They say that it takes money to make money. In the case of End Citizens United, the mission is to make money to take it away its unruly power to influence voter turnout. The plan is to use the checks and balances built into government and pass a constitutional amendment that ultimately reverses a Supreme Court decision. As the name suggests, the decision on their radar is the court’s “Citizens United” edict of 2010.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision, there is a tidal wave of questionable funding flowing through politics. End Citizens United sees a need for this to stop. However, to successfully achieve this goal, certain conditions have to be met. And, it looks like they are off to a good start getting these conditions set up and in order. It starts with getting people to come together in some form of consensus. And, it ends with these same people voting in and supporting candidates who are committed to seeing change. For the most part, it is a Democratic Party effort. To be honest, it is also an uphill battle. But, it can be done.
With a supporter list that holds millions of names and a plan of action which includes endorsement for dozens of democratic Senate members and key representatives, the ball is rolling. Even though, it rolls uphill. Fortunately, there is a hope to even the playing field, once the right candidates get elected into the appropriate House seats. Experts predict failure, or at least delayed results, for End Citizens United. On the other hand, this PAC has a victory all its own in the fact that it is a strong and noticeable player in the political arena. What turns many political experts into naysayers of this organization is the fact that it does not work with members of the Republican Party. From ECU’s point of view, voter rights and clean elections are king. Not reaching out to republicans is just tough love and nothing personal.
The battle between big money supporters of candidates is seeing a new champion for democrats in End Citizens United. The support this organization gathers year in and year out makes a big difference on the political field. The most surprising aspect of this particular PAC is its operations. They are all about getting to large amounts of financial support totaling 35 million USD (United States Dollars) from new members and urging these members to actively get involved. This means rallying for the right candidates who wish to see an end to the Citizens United decision. Amazingly, the average contribution from their donors is just 12 USD (United States Dollars). What is even more impressive is that the organization reaches these numbers without fail.
As a matter of fact, End Citizens United does such a good job that their opponents accuse them of skirting the line between activism and fund raising. What these critics do not point out is the tremendous and ongoing public support backing the organization. The whole point of their activism is centered on the present conditions involved in political funding practices. It is delicate, but not impossible, to maneuver ethically between the two. From its beginning to the present, End Citizens United displays model procedures on how to do it.