End Citizens United, a democratic political committee focused on getting big business out of Washington, is raising a lot of money for the upcoming elections in 2018. So far, they have raised $4 million, but expect to raise $35 million by the 2018 Congress elections. Donations to the organization are rising since the 2016 election, where they were able to raise $25 million.
Roughly 100,000 people have donated to the Democratic group, 40,000 of them for the first time. The PAC’s president and executive director, Tiffany Muller, has said the groups’ initiative is to elect “campaign-finance reform champions” to work inside Congress. Mueller has reported that on average people are donating $12 per person. She says people are feeling as though the system isn’t working for them because big money is controlling the way laws are being established in the country, and the only way to fight back is to have an organized push against the people who are doing harm to the country and its people.
The name, End Citizens United, comes from a Supreme Court ruling which allows unlimited donations and spending by super PAC’s. The traditional way to operate a political group is to limit the amount any one individual can donate to $5000, and this is how ECU operates. Regardless of the limitation the group was able to raise enough money to align itself with many of the top Democratic-aligned groups of the 2016 elections. They believe in grassroots activism, because it comes straight from the American people and not from big business invested in creating more money for themselves.
The most recent post, on May 19, 2017, to the End Citizens United website, “ECU Statement on Groundbreaking TIME Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election” reveals investments Russia made to ad’s on social media outlets to influence the public’s opinion. Muller has expressed her feelings, saying the current campaign finance laws are contributing to the vulnerability of our democracy in the United States. She states that when big money or the Russians are allowed to spend freely on political ads, it influences the public in ways that is detrimental to the integrity of the election process. Muller suggests having disclosure laws that prevent big money and especially foreign countries from unfairly influencing the elections of the US. Muller defines “untraceable spending in our elections” as a possible threat to the integrity of the U.S. democracy.