There’s a new Political Action Committee (PAC) that’s working to end the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling. In the ruling, the court ruled that corporations are people and as such have a free speech right to donate as much as they want to political candidates and causes. This ruling has opened the floodgates of money going into politics that is being given by corporations and wealthy individuals which swamp out the voice of 99% of the population. End Citizens United PAC was formed in order to put back in place limits on how much any one company or wealthy donor can give.
In the first month after End Citizens United formed they were able to raise $2 million from small donors and expected to take in $25-30 million during the entire cycle of fundraising. The goal of this PAC is to put politicians in place that will support a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling. The PAC has endorses a number of Democratic candidates who have publically denounced the court’s ruling and support a constitutional amendment. They also have an expenditure arm which gives financial donations to the candidates that they back.
End Citizens United is involved in the local, state, and federal levels of government in pushing for campaign finance reform and building the consensus that will be needed for a constitutional amendment to be passed. In order for a constitutional amendment to pass it needs to be ratified by three-fourths of the states and receive two-thirds of the votes in both the House and Senate. This is a difficult hurdle to get over, and as an example the United States hasn’t passed a constitutional amendment since 1992. At a minimum End Citizens United is keeping a spotlight on the issue with the hopes that if an amendment doesn’t pass in time a new Supreme Court justice will be appointed that will shift the balance of power in a new case that comes before the court.
The reason why the group supports Democrats is that while many Republicans agree that political spending is out of control the Republican leadership stands in the way of any meaningful reform. To change this situation End Citizens United seeks to help Democratic candidates defeat their Republican opponents at ballot boxes across the nation.
End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington D.C. The Board of Directors for the PAC includes Ron Barber, Jessica Vanden Berg, Christopher Massicotte, and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky. All four board members have a wealth of experience in politics and how to get legislation passed. For example, Ron Barber is a former Congressman that represented Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, while Hatalsky has been a leader at Third Way working on issues such as abortiona and immigration.