End Citizens United, a super PAC founded to fight against the ill effects of 2010 Citizens United verdict by the Supreme Court, is getting increased popularity in the recent days. The man caused such a large movement is none other than James Bopp, a lawyer from Indiana. He paved the ways for the Citizens United verdict in 2010 that allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited and without accountability in the electioneering process. The verdict is hugely criticized as an option to buy the American election system with money power. Bopp was utilizing the case of a conservative nonprofit group called Citizens United to ensure election finance regulations being removed by the Supreme Court.
Sadly, he has used many visibly-less important cases from various small-time non-profits to rewrite the election financing laws. James Bopp is attempting to remove the remaining laws that are making restrictions on corporates and other interest groups by filing various cases in different state courts and the Federal Court. It should be noted that most of the cases are potentially accused off sponsored by large business groups to subvert the existing campaigning laws. By Citizens United verdict, the Supreme Court reversed the campaign-finance law that was followed for more than 100 years. Additionally, the court even addressed the corporates as “persons” and confirmed that they have First Amendment rights same as average voters. Also, they have the rights to fund and defeat a particular candidate.
As a protest to the verdict, End Citizens United was established in 2015 to control big money into electioneering process. Interestingly, the group has achieved some significant numbers in the recent months. It could raise an amount of $4 million in the first three months of 2017 that saw contributions from more than 100,000 people. Interestingly, the PAC is planning to raise a minimum of $35 million before the 2018 elections for Congress. If that is achieved, it will be a great leap from the $25 million in the 2016 Presidential elections. Tiffany Muller, the executive director of End Citizens United, confirmed that out of the 100,000 people, more than 40,000 of them are first time donors to the PAC.
Muller further confirmed that the average contribution per individual this year stands at $12, and it meant that a vast number of people felt the system is working against them and grants greater voice to the people who could write bigger checks. By raising $35 million, the PAC is planning to send as many campaign-finance reformists to both the Congress and the Senate as possible, to pass a law that can remediate the ill effects of Citizens United verdict. Interestingly, End Citizens United has supported a number of campaign reform candidates including Jon Ossoff from Georgia, Jon Tester from Montana, and Sherrod Brown from Ohio.