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End Citizens United, In Vigorous Pursuit Of Improving The Political System

Be introduced to End Citizens United (ECU), a political action committee based in Washington DC, United States. It was founded in 2015 by grassroots benefactors and had well over $25 million in funding in 2016, its first election cycle. Tiffany Muller is the organization’s President and Executive Director.

The non-profit organization is committed to bringing an end to the norm of boundless and confidential money that has transformed America’s politics and damaged the people’s democracy.

End Citizens United supports Democratic defenders of campaign finance reform. The organization has advocated for many Democratic candidates, to mention a few, Hillary Clinton, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren Zephyr Teachout, and Jon Ossoff. It was one of the most prominent outside groups that assisted Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Maggi Hassan in the 2016 election, putting in $4.4 million for the two races.

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By mid-2017, End Citizens United had collected well over $7.5 million from donations and projects to receive about $35 million for the 2018 election cycle. The organization bought $250,000 worth of advertising to back Conor Lamb, a Democrat who is running for Pennsylvania’s 18th District. ECU’s money is directed to funding public education commercials and ads on Republican Rick Saccone misdemeanor while he was in office. Mr. Lamb vowed not to accept donations from any PACs (Political Action Committees) which is in line with what End Citizens United is after.

The organization has a campaign called the Big Money 20. It named 20 House or Senate members who were bound to corporate donations, and these people were named the Big Money 20. This campaign aims at beating occupants of certain offices who offer tenders of special interests for example drug companies, big oil, and wall street, at the same time rigging the system. An example of the Big Money 20 campaigns effort is endorsing Josh Butner to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Recently, the organization endorsed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who is also against Big money. Tiffany Muller, the organization’s president, says that Gillibrand has witnessed how corporate donors influence Congress and politicians into passing bills favorable to them. The organization stands firm to counter the damaging effects of Citizens United and to transform the campaign finance system.