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End Citizens United; Fighting Unlimited and Undisclosed Elections Funding

End Citizens United (ECU) refers to a Political Action Agency that is financed by grassroots donors and is committed to opposing the catastrophic effects of Citizen United as well as revolutionizing the US campaign finance system. ECU wax founded in 2015 after the 2010 Supreme Court’s decision that altered the American Elections by permitting unlimited and undisclosed elections spending.


On April 21, 2017, ECU endorsed Rob Quist for Congress since he was vying to represent Montana. Tiffany Muller, an Executive Director at ECU, reported that Quist was the best candidate to represent Montana in Congress since he was a grassroots champion who opposed the special interests and billionaires who were buying elections for their selfish gains. Rob was a man of the people who fought people’s rights in matters of access to public lands and ensuring transparent elections. Meanwhile, millionaire challenger had petitioned to sell off public lands and undermined Montana’s good governance and campaign finance laws since he was receiving money from some secretive special interest groups. For this reason, ECU is proud to support Rob and not his opponent.


In a statement, Rob Quist illuminated that many of the politicians supported the interests of the few individuals that financed their election campaign instead of working for the people they are supposed to represent. He was, therefore, pleased to collaborate with ECU who had supported hardworking individuals and countered the organisations that bought elections. ECU has thousands of supporters in Montana, and it will work with them to ensure that Quist has all the resources to win.


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Taking Charge of Financial Collections


End Citizens United has managed to raise its money. Currently, it has collected over $ 4 million from January 2017 to March 2017. The committee plans to raise approximately $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. This will be deemed a milestone since the $25 million the Political Action Committee (PAC) took in during the 2016 election, the committee’s first election cycle in operation.


Tiffany Muller revealed that over 100,000 individuals contributed to the PAC in its first quarter with over 40,000 people being first-time donors. According to Muller, most of the donors are individuals who feel that system is rigged against them with donors having the biggest say. As a result, they fight back by supporting campaign-finance reform champions. Recently, PAC has urged its supporters to contribute $ 500,000 to support Jon Ossoff, a first-time political candidate in Georgia. Jon stunned the agency after he raised approximately $ 4 million for the April 18 special election.


ECU functions as a conventional PAC and allows a maximum contribution of $ 5,000 from a single donor. Regardless of that donation cap, it’s fundraising in 2016 topped the Democratic-aligned group’s expenditure in the recent elections.


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