The End Citizens United group appears to be growing in supporters and political influence after being formed in 2015 with a limited aim of overturning the politically divisive issue of unlimited campaign funding that has blighted U.S. election cycles since it was introduced by the Supreme Court in 2010. The group has targeted the influence on elections of major donors, such as the Koch Brothers who have used their personal fortunes to support candidates who reflect their own beliefs, and in the view of End Citizens United are changing the policies of candidates who are battling to receive the patronage of these wealthy business people.
The short lifespan of the End Citizens United group has seen a huge level of funding flood into the organization to show just how dissatisfied the people of the U.S. have become with outside influences influencing major elections. During the 2016 election cycle the group raised around $25 million in its bid to raise awareness of the campaign finance issue and provide support for candidates who are friendly to the cause of campaign finance reform; this dedicated push to have a greater influence on the issue of campaign finances has seen End Citizens United become more involved with upcoming midterm elections in 2018, for which they hope to raise an impressive $35 million.
Average contributions towards End Citizens United have reached around $12 and upwards of $4 million had been donated by over 100,000 supporters during the first three months of 2017. Not only is the number of donors impressive over the short period of time in 2017, but the fact an estimated 40,000 donors had provided monetary support to End Citizens United for the first time has given fresh impetus to the group as they feel this level of first time support reflects the anger felt by everyday Americans across the nation.
The campaign materials of the End Citizens United PAC explain the major issue they are attempting to address is the political frustration many U.S. citizens feel as wealthy donors have taken the majority of power away from the average U.S. voter. Overturning the Citizens United Supreme court decision is no simple task and will involve gaining Congressional and state level support, which is why a major push has been made to back friendly candidates in midterms and special elections, such as the Congressional election in Georgia where End Citizens United hoped to raise $500,000 in support of a Democratic candidate in a traditionally Republican state. The decision to support Democrat’s was taken as the party and its politicians are more likely to support putting an end to the Citizens United decision, prompting End Citizens United to aim for $35 million in campaign contributions by the time of the 2018 midterm election cycle.