The U.S Supreme court plays an essential judicial role and from time to time, cases it has ruled have shifted political grounds permanently in the country. In June 2010, Citizens United Vs. Federal Election Committee(FEC) case, the U.S Supreme court overruled a federal court’s ruling which was in favor of the FEC upending decades of campaign finance case law. It withdrew the government’s power to limit the actions of corporations that can affect election election outcomes. The ruling was profoundly controversial and sent shock waves across the political system in the country. Political organizations have been formed to try and overturn the verdict and counter its immediate political implications.
End Citizens United is one such organization that was founded on March 1st, 2015 to spearhead this fight. Its headquarters is in Washington D.C and its goal is to overturn the End Citizens United ruling. Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director, has steered the organization from its formation to a force to recognize having raised $25 million in funding in the 2016 election cycle. She previously served as the deputy political director to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign. Matt Burgess, the deputy president, has a vast experience in managing campaigns and advocacy. Adan Bozzi, Anne Feldman and Andrew Laskar bring in their different expertise into the team making it a formidable leadership team. Its board of directors form its policy leadership and comprises well-experienced professionals in the political field like Ron Barber, Simone L.Ward and Jessica Vanden Berg.
End citizens United aims to achieve its goal by pushing for campaign finance law reforms and legalization of state ballot measures that minimize the impact of corporate funding in politics. It employs a two-point strategy in working towards its goal. First is to support candidates who are in support of improving campaign finance laws and the carrying out specific efforts to diminish Citizens United. It seeks to raise funds at the grassroots level mostly through the digital platform to counterbalance the large sums of money poured into campaigns by corporate donors. It mostly works with Democratic candidates as the party leadership supports its course.
End Citizens United is becoming a force to recon with in the 2018 election cycle having already endorsed 130 candidates and an increasing grassroots donor base. It aims to raise $35 million from grassroots funding. Anticipated political phenomena like the Democratic “wave” will surely advance End Citizens United efforts.
Contact End Citizens United: docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00573261