End Citizens United (ECU) is a Political Action Committee (PAC) funded by grassroots donors. ECU is a non-profit committee based in Washington, DC and has more than 3 million members. Established on the 1st of March, 2015, the PAC’s purpose is to retaliate against effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system by putting a stop to Big Money in politics. ECU plans on achieving this by targeting a list of 20 Republican members in Congress in 2018. The PAC is calling this list “the Big Money 20”. The list comprises of Republican politicians that chose their own interests over constituents by accepting large donations and supporting legislations that were beneficial to their donors.
End Citizen United supports Democrats because they believe that they can be the harbingers of meaningful change. They plan on putting a stop to big money in politics and electing campaign finance reform advocates and working with them to undo the work of Citizens United. ECU plans on achieving this feat by spreading the word about the issue of money in politics as a nation-wide priority, utilizing grassroots membership to demonstrate political power and working with ballot measure campaigns to pass pro-reform laws.
According to ECU’s group executive director, Tiffany Muller, the Big Money 20 are the “worst of the worst in Congress” and their names are: Ted Cruz, Dean Heller, Paul Ryan, Mike Bishop, Rod Blum, Mike Bost, Mike Coffman, Ryan Costello, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Duncan Hunter, Will Hurd, Darrell Issa, Tom MacArthur, Pat Meehan, Erik Paulsen, Rob Pittenger, Dana Rohrbacher, Peter Roskam, Claudia Tenney and Mimi Walters. The PAC hopes to raise and spend $35 million on the 2018 re-elections. According to experts, most names mentioned in the list will be subjected to fairly difficult re-election; however, Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan seem to be incapable of loss. ECU’s big fundraising goals are now dependent on a large number of donations not exceeding $5000 due to the fact that they operate as a conventional PCA.
While the odds may seem formidable, the possibility of this plan coming to fruition is fairly valid due to the PCA having more than 3 million members. According to polls, stopping special interest money in politics is a high priority concern for Americans, after terrorism and job creation which is a crucial aspect that plays in favor of End Citizens United. Tiffany Muller plans on using all of End Citizen United’s resources to try and accomplish results similar to that of the 2016 Nevada Senate race between Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto, where Cortez Masto won a huge amount of favor and support upon incorporating reform messaging in her strategy. With a fair amount of odds playing in their favor, the End Citizen United’s vision might be close to accomplishment.
Find more about End Citizen United: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united