End Citizens United a Committee in Political Action which was established on March 1st, 2015. The committee gets its funding from donors in the grassroots. The main agenda of the group is to counter Citizen United’s harmful effects by bringing reforms to its system of campaign financing. In 2016, the group played a significant role by funneling millions of dollars to finance candidates in the Democratic party who were vying for various elective posts On endcitizensunited.org, both in the Senate and the House throughout the United States. The group, End Citizens United, was officially launched in August 2015 and since then it has managed to raise over $2 million from donors, though small. It is projected that the group will continue raising this amount to a total of between $25 million to $30 million for the entire circle, according to the group’s director in charge of communication, Richard Carbo.
End Citizens United’s primary objective is to ensure it passes an amendment to the constitution with the aim of reversing the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 regarding Citizens United, that allowed super PACs, resulting to unleashing of dark money into politics. Over three hundred and twenty-five thousand people have signed a petition to End Citizens’ to compel the Congress to pass the legislation on endcitizensunited.org. The group endorsed 11 candidates in August 2016 to run for Democratic Party tickets, and this includes former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.
Although there are other groups focused on reforming campaign financing, End Citizens United is different. The group addresses the political side of it as well as an emphasis on the actual election of people. They back candidates who stand for the group’s ideologies, holding up against Citizens United. The team’s plans set up independent expenditures to back candidates financially by use of such means as direct mailers, television ads, and polling. End Citizen United intend to lead from the front in showing the elected leaders, voters, the press and candidates that there is a force from the grassroots that is against buying of elections by billionaires. The mission of the group is to combat and dismantling of a rigged political system by eradicating ‘big money’ in politics through campaign finance reforms and eventually overturns Citizen United. To achieve this, End Citizens United will work with candidates who are for Pro-Reform, classifying money in politics as a number one priority as well as making use of membership at grassroots levels to demonstrate politics and money. The group believes in the power of activists at grassroots levels and the power of political spending and transparency. The Group backed the Republicans because there are those who agree that there is no room for political expenditures, more so that is undisclosed on Facebook. Therefore, End Citizens United is there for anybody who supports its campaign finance reforms.