End Citizens United, an organization dedicated to pushing out Big money from politics after the supreme court ruling in 2010 declaring corporations as having the same rights as individual citizens when it came to donating. Since then, many candidates, particularly those in the GOP have used this ruling to collect millions of dollars for campaigns without having to actually talk to their constituents.
The biggest offenders of this are what End Citizens United calls the “Big Money 20″, “These are the worst of the worst in Congress,” said Tiffany Muller, the group’s executive director. These are mostly composed of incumbents in their respective states. Each one favoring PACS and special interest over their constituents. Therefore End Citizens United is working towards removing these officials out of office in the 2018 midterms, a year which does not look good for the GOP. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
End Citizens United is working hard to raise enough funds to contribute and endorse candidates who pledge not to accept PAC money. In line with their message, End Citizens United only accepts donations as high as $3,000 with any other donations being made directly coming from over 3 million of their everyday citizen members. The increase in membership has shown that this worrying issue of big money in politics has crossed party lines with many of their members consisting of both Democrats and Republicans along with independent alike.
A recent study to find a winning method, the organization tested both conventional messaging and campaign finance reform messaging. The most effective of these two was ultimately campaign finance reform messaging which resonated with independents and voters who do not normally participate. Favorability towards the organization and candidates being backed by them were up in the polls. This is what the organization is ready to implement during the 2018 midterms to finally remove the “Big Money 20” from power and put it back into the hands of the American people.