Addison Duling

How End Citizens United is Changing Politics

We are rapidly seeing the political world change before our eyes. The 2016 Presidential Election and corresponding inauguration of President Trump has changed the game forever. As a result, more and more people are needing to step up and become politically active in terms of standing up for what they believe in. That is where End Citizens United has come into play. End Citizens United is a political action committee that was formed roughly six months ago in order to combat the rising problems of dark money in politics. Dark money is cash that floats around, underneath the surface of scrutiny, corrupting politicians into following an agenda.


End Citizens United gets their name from the infamous Supreme Court case held back in 2010. In 2010 a conservative corporation by the name of Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court for looser political donation regulations. Their goal, in essence, was to loosen the noose around political campaign financing in order to essentially purchase their politicians. In some otherworldly way they managed to win at the Supreme Court, thus changing the political landscape forever. In reaction many groups formed together to fight the decision but no group has gained as much traction as End Citizens United. End Citizens United is a focused PAC that is raising money in order to help finance politicians who will put an end to dark money in politics.


The first three months of 2017 saw incredible donations being sent into End Citizens United. People were fueled by their dislike and admonishment of Donald Trump being elected. Through the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year the PAC would earn an eye popping $4 million. While this number is hefty it is far from where they want to be by the end of the year. In fact, End Citizens United is aiming to raise over $35 million by the time that it is all said and done. End Citizens United is gaining ground and gaining steam with more than 100,000 people giving money to the cause while an additional 40,000 gave personal time to invest into the job.


What makes End Citizens United so special is that they are as focused as they are home grown. This isn’t a PAC that is funded by the mega wealthy in an attempt to manipulate elections and take power away from the people. The average donation size in 2017 has been just $12. The donors here are just people who want more control of the political discourse in the United States of America. Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United, says that people “feel like the system is rigged against them” and she goes on to say that “THis is their way of fighting back.”


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