The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C. has completely changed the landscape of American elections. It further established the legal basis for the idea that “corporations are people” and opened the door for billionaires and special interests to spend unlimited, untraceable money in America’s elections. Now, there’s no accountability at all. No transparency. We know that billionaires (like the Koch Brothers) and corporations are trying to tip the balance of political power in their favor, but it doesn’t stop there.
Established March 1st, 2015, End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee funded by grassroots donors. We are dedicated to countering the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming our campaign finance system.
We’ll show elected officials, candidates, voters, and the press that the grassroots are fighting back with force against the increasing brazenness of billionaires trying to buy our elections. This will be key to building a broad coalition working towards campaign finance reform and pressuring lawmakers to take action.
To combat Big Money in politics and dismantle our rigged political system by electing campaign finance reform champions and passing state ballot measures. These champions will work toward overturning Citizens United, ending unlimited money in politics, and ending Dark Money.
We’ll work towards the mission by:
-Electing Pro-Reform Candidates
-Raising the Issue of Money in Politics as a National Priority
-Using grassroots membership to demonstrate political power on the issue of Money in politics
Citizens United tore down a century’s worth of law aimed at reducing the amount of corruption in our electoral system. It will go down as one of the most naive decisions ever rendered by the court. – E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post
We want to make a big splash in 2016 Elections. We plan to support Democrats in key races who are in favor of meaningful reform to our campaign finance system and who will stand up against Citizens United. We also will stand up for candidates who are under attack by the Koch Brothers and related dark money groups.
Democrats are leading the fight against Citizens United, and we believe meaningful change can happen with their leadership.
Even though many Republican and Independent voters agree that undisclosed political spending is out of control, Republican leadership in Congress is standing squarely in the way of overturning this disastrous Supreme Court decision.
It has to stop. So we will do what we can to support candidates who are champions for meaningful campaign finance reform. To determine who we will endorse, we’re asking candidates to fill out a questionnaire, which you can view by clicking below.
We can’t afford to stand idly by while the Koch Brothers and the ultra-rich use SuperPACs — and even shadier dark money organizations — to rig our elections. They’re buying our local representatives. They’re buying U.S. Senators. And now, they want to buy our next President. They’ve got to be stopped.
We believe in the power of transparency in political spending — and we practice what we preach. Our latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission was due October 15th.
We couldn’t be more proud to be funded by thousands of grassroots supporters from around the country. And we’re just getting warmed up! As we grow, we’ll continue to make public our FEC filings. Our donors are investors in a movement to take back our democracy, so we’ll always be transparent and open.
We have assembled a team of veteran Democratic operatives to help get our message out about the influence of money in politics and how we’ll stop it.