Capitol Hill has been taken over by not only special interests and dark money, but also by politicians who seem to be okay with it. When dark money came into politics back in 2010, during the controversial Citizens United decision with the Supreme Court, people weren’t quite aware of the dramatic changes that were about to unfold. Now, seven years later, we have a President Trump who campaigned on operating within the now-legal grey area emboldened by that ruling. Fortunately for us, even in these darker times, groups like End Citizens United are out there working hard to bring some semblance of equality back to Washington D.C.
The controversial Supreme Court decision revolved around the conservative group, Citizens United. End Citizens United, founded by President of the PAC Tiffany Muller, is focused on making their own name a reality: ending Citizens United. Muller knows that there is a long and tough road ahead but that they can’t relax even for a minute if change is going to come back to the government in order to give a voice back to the American people. When dark money is influencing United States politicians more than the votes of constituents, then you know that there is a real problem taking place.
In order to make effective change at the highest levels of government End Citizens United is going to need the financing to fund politicians who support the cause. Through the first three months of 2017 the team at End Citizens United saw a surplus in fundraising that they never would have anticipated, even in their most optimistic moments. The first quarter of fundraising would see End Citizens United raise a stunning $4 million from nearly 100,000 donors. Donations averaged around $12 per person and nearly 40% of the contributions came from first time donors. All of these numbers bode well for a movement that is ready to grow.
End Citizens United is a grassroots organization that is trying to unite constituents together to make real change in D.C. but they can only go so far without some top level help. In order to get to a point to bring legislative change to the United States government, End Citizens United has to have help from some of the top legislators in the country. That is why End Citizens United is meticulous in who they choose to back in elections. End Citizens United recently announced their endorsement of New Mexico’s Senator Heinrich.
Senator Heinrich has long been a vocal activist for ending Citizens United and PAC President Muller seemed to be ecstatic to get him on board. Senator Heinrich says, “Our democracy should never be for sale and I’m honored to have the support of End Citizens United.”