The United States of America is under siege by an invisible force known as dark money. Dark money is also known as a more socially acceptable name, ‘special interests’, but it doesn’t change the bare bones of what it does. Dark money is how corporations and big money investors influence politicians at the highest level of the United States. Dark money sways elections and undoes the actual voting of the American people. Fortunately for the United States there are dedicated people fighting against the rise of dark money and one of those groups of people is called End Citizens United.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that is being spearheaded by the PAC president, Tiffany Muller. The goal of End Citizens United is simple: they want to render great change at the highest levels of the United States government, primarily focusing on the influential 2010 decision regarding the conservative group Citizens United. Citizens United, led by lawyer James Bopp, successfully lobbied the Supreme Court in order to look at corporations as ‘people’ and donating money as an extension of their ‘free speech’. It’s pretty clear what Bopp and Citizens United were aiming to do here and the sad part is that they were successful in making it happen.
Still, just because Citizens United succeeded in 2010 doesn’t meant that their success is permanent. End Citizens United was created with the explicit purpose of introducing a constitutional amendment to legislators at the highest runs of the United States government. In order for that to happen, End Citizens United needs to help put legislators in place to make legitimate changes. This means that End Citizens United needs to fundraise enough money to put legislators who will champion campaign finance reform into office.
So far End Citizens United has had a great year for fundraising thanks to a boost in donations fueled by the public’s distaste for Donald Trump as President. The early portion of 2017 saw nearly $4 million donated to the political action committee which led to a projected growth through 2017 of nearly $35 million. With these donations End Citizens United will be able to actually put candidates into positions where they can get their message out regarding campaign finance reform.
Tiffany Muller spoke on the success of their early fundraising efforts by saying that Democrats were downright angry about Trump’s election to office. She went on to say that donors to the campaign believe “the system is rigged against them.” Muller knows that the system will fight back against End Citizens United’s attempts to right the ship but that the fight must go on in any event. The 2018 congressional elections will be a big deal for the entire country for years to come.