In 2010 there was a pivotal moment before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had to make a decision in their case with Citizens United. As it turns out, the Supreme Court chose incorrectly and the political world and political landscape has been suffering ever since. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision was basically an argument for fewer restriction son campaign funding. This decision ended up being the catalyst for a surge in dark money that has perpetually tainted just about every politician in the highest levels of the United States government. The decision also fueled the rise of a political action committee named End Citizens United.
The End Citizens United PAC was created by Tiffany Muller in order to energize progressives and moderates who understand that dark money in politics is untenable. Not only is dark money fundamentally poisoning our democracy, it is also giving politicians the ability to completely ignore their constituents. When a politician is given a million bucks by a rich corporation, why would they care what the actual people of their state think? This is particularly true of politicians on the right wing of the political spectrum, all of whom have come out against ending Citizens United.
End Citizens United has experienced a surge in activity and donations ever since the election of Donald Trump. People are more focused than ever on making sure that their voices are heard so that they can stop a person like Donald Trump from ever getting elected again. This energy has translated to massive fundraising boosts in the 2017 fiscal fundraising season. End Citizens United has already garnered more than $4 million in donations and that puts them ahead enough to easily outpace their 2016 projections. This boost in activity is absolutely essential with the 2018 Congressional Race around the corner.
The team at End Citizens United is fighting to get rid of big money in politics at every level of the political game: local, state and federal. However, creating change at the federal level could prove to be a completely uphill battle. The issue of money in politics is a shocking and disgusting partisan topic. The left is focused, for the most part, on getting rid of dark money. The right wing, emboldened perhaps by the spending of the billionaire Koch Brothers, are clutching to the idea in order to continue to reel in those massive paychecks. Something has got to give.
End Citizens United has gotten around to endorsing Democratic senators in order to help get them in position to undue some damage that Citizens United has caused. Among those senators is Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Russ Feingold, both of whom could be difference makers at the federal level.