Just months out from the 2018 midterm elections, End Citizens United is supporting candidates in favor of reforming campaign financing efforts. End Citizens United was founded in 2015 as a response to the Citizens unites vs. FEC Supreme Court decision that took place in 2010. This decision essentially deregulated spending limits of individual groups to financial support or protest for individual candidates. The group favors candidates who have rejected underhanded money in the past.The ECU supreme court decision, simply put, made it very easy for political candidates to take money from shady groups in order to push their agendas.
That means that instead of making decisions and policy based on ethics and logic, the entire system would essentially be bought up by private parties and the agendas pushed would be those of the incredibly wealthy.End Citizens United supports candidates that want to regulate what money political parties can accept from third-party sources. ECU has banned together to raise money to support candidates that are pro-reform. In this year’s election cycle, the group is hoping to raise more than $35 million dollars. The group is made up of many small-time donors; around 400,000 members who donate on average less than $15.00 a piece.
They are also supporting a few candidates that are actively trying to take power back from Republican incumbents.So far, End Citizens United has endorsed Beto O’Rorke, Randy Bryce, Jacky Rosen, Elissa Slotkin, Brendan Kelly, and Andy Kim. These are just a few of the dozens of candidates that ECU will endorse, and will all of the funds raised this year, these candidates will benefit handesomely. Their underlying goal is to take political power away from private interest groups, large corporations, and crooked politicians that are willing to be bought off, and give it back to the American people.