End Citizens United was established as a traditional PAC in 2015 with the single-minded aim of reversing the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010. Entering its first election cycle of the 2016 Presidential ballot, End Citizens United sought to test the waters of campaigning on the decision by just three Democrats to sign a pledge not to accept special interest and corporate PAC funding. The success of the PAC in those early election campaigns and in the election of the more than 30 Democrat candidates who have mad their way to Washington since the election of President Trump has been stunning. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase.
Many Democrats see the decision to turn their backs on corporate PAC finding as a test of their grassroots, progressive nature of each candidate including the latest progressive entrants to its list of candidates. Over the course of the latest election campaigning season for the 2018 Midterms, more than 180 Democrats have pledged to refuse the option of corporate PAC funding with more than 80 already winning their primaries. Some of the names on the list are the new stars of the Democrat party while others are better known for their center ground beliefs. Kirsten Gillibrand is one of the better-known candidates to have refused funding of more than $1 million for her election campaign from corporate PACs.
The arrival of End Citizens United in the elections finance sector has highlighted the problem of corporate PACs and special interest groups. Fighting to overturn the problem of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling of 2010 remains the major fight on the part of many Democrats. End Citizens United was formed to protect the remaining campaign financing regulations which have been threatened by the majority of Republicans in Washington. End Citizens United has become something of a watchdog for those conservative candidates attempting to bypass the rules of the Federal Election Commission, including Florida Governor Rick Scott as he funnels cash from a Super PAC to his own Senate campaign accounts.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) October 27, 2018