End Citizens United launched during the 2016 campaign elections with the goal of generating millions of dollars for Democratic candidates in the House and Senate. Consisting of small donations, the group managed to raise $2 million and is projected to reach $25 to $30 million. The ultimate goal of the group is to reverse the Citizens United decision passed in 2010 by the Supreme Court. Hoping to end PACs and dark money going into politics, End Citizens United has gathered more than 325,000 people on the groups petition.
While continuing to raise millions in support of campaign finance reform, End Citizens United announced the endorsement of 11 Democratic candidates. To promote campaign finance reform, the group supports candidates who favor reversing the constitutional amendment of Citizens United. With the millions of funds donated, End Citizens United plans on financially backing candidates by producing television ads, polling and direct ads. While a new constitutional amendment hasn’t passed since 1992, the group is working to raise awareness about undisclosed political spending.
Since the start of 2017, the political action group, End Citizens United has raised over $4 million during the first three months. Projections show that the group will collect $35 million by the Congress midterm elections of 2018 according to USA Today. While the average PAC contribution is $12, the group urged its contributors to donate $500,000 towards the campaign of Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. Although donations toward ending the Citizens United decision keep pouring in, End Citizens United cannot accept donations over $5,000 from a single donor.
During the first quarter of 2017, PAC contributions consisted of 100,000 people. Of the 100,000 people contributing, 40,000 people donated for the first time. While supporting the campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff, donations continue to be raised for the 2018 campaigns. End Citizens United could play a major role in the defense of Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester. While donations are capped off at $5,000 for individual donors, the Democratic supporting group rose to the top ranks of spending for the 2016 elections. For the 2016 elections End Citizens United built ties to over two dozen campaign-finance groups.