End Citizens United was founded in March of 2015 as a means of fighting back against the disastrous Citizens United vs. F.E.C. Supreme Court decision of 2010. Aiming to fight back against a warped and altered political landscape wherein corporations, billionaires, and special interest groups are allowed to spend as much money as they could ever desire to fit their nefarious needs, End Citizens United aims to bring much needed accountability and transparency back into American elections. They aim to break up shadowy, untraceable money spent wildly during our elections so big money donors can’t buy them any longer. Their mission statement includes goals such as electing pro-reform candidates to state and federal offices as well as enlisting grassroots donors and activists, but it doesn’t end there; End Citizens United has started accumulated some big bucks of their own, a prospect that certainly has opponents of the group shaking in their boots.
After collecting more than $4 million in the first few months of 2017 alone, End Citizens United is projected to raise some very big money ahead of the 2018 midterm congressional elections. With projections of over $35 million, the group continues to surge in the fundraising department since their first election cycle in 2016, with an estimated $10 million increase since then. And, with over 100,000 donors in the first quarter of 2017 alone, it’s no wonder the group is seeing such huge growth as of late. Many Americans are growing increasingly frustrated at the state of their government and the way our elections are ran. This is vividly illustrated by the amount of first time donors included in the 100,000 who donated, with numbers reaching upwards of 40,000. An even more vivid illustration is the average donation amount: a mere $12.
This shows that those who are donating aren’t insanely wealthy businessmen or shady special interest groups, but rather everyday citizens who have grown tired of feeling like they don’t have a say and can’t trust their own elected officials to do the jobs they were elected to do. They’re tired of feeling like the system is rigged against them instead of working for them, and this is their way of fighting back- with real change that will work for them, not against them.