End Citizens United is a Washington D.C. based political action committee that advocates for campaign finance reform. For the upcoming 2018 midterm elections they have concentrated on 20 Republicans that are incumbents in the United State’s Congress and Senate. Four of these are in California and they are deemed as some of the most vulnerable to losing their seats in these elections. These four Republicans are Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Rep. Mimi Walter of Irvine, and Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista.
As the executive director of End Citizens United, Tiffany Miller said that in these elections California races are some of the best opportunities for winning seats currently occupied by Republicans. She also said that the four her organization are targeting in 2018 in California represent some of the worse politicians in the nation. She pointed out that Duncan Hunter is currently being investigated. He is suspected of misusing campaign funds. Darrell Issa is also being investigated for this in regards to money he accepted from telecom companies.
End Citizens United was established in 2015. Its mission is to fight back against the big money that has taken over politics. Much of this started in 2010 when the US Supreme Court made a very controversial ruling in a case before it. The case was Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission. The judges ruled that limits on independent expenditure group spending were unconstitutional. This opened up the door for rich corporations and individuals to basically buy elections.
For its first election cycle End Citizens United was able to raise and spend over $25 million. As of the end of October, they have raised $11.5 million to spend on the 2018 elections. They raise money strictly from small donors. They have also thrown their support for Democrats by endorsing candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, Russ Feingold, Maggie Hassan, and Catherine Cortez Masto.
End Citizens United supports their mission in four main ways. First, they work to help elect candidates who are pro-election law reform. Second, they raise awareness of the role that money is now playing in politics. Third, they support ballot measure campaigns in individual states that are seeking to reform campaign finance laws in their states. And fourth, they want to show that grassroots membership can once again be a powerful force in politics when combatting big money, and http://endcitizensunited.org/about/.
In order to help raise awareness of their mission End Citizens United also maintains a Facebook page where they talk about the issue of money in politics. They post recent articles, for example, and show videos of how people are trying to make a difference. One recent video showed how people across the nation are becoming more aware that some politicians have been bought off by powerful special interests.