Following the release of a reform package by the leadership of the Democratic Party, End Citizens United has thrown its weight behind the comprehensive proposals. Led by Nancy Pelosi, the proposed reforms tackle key areas that the United States has lagged behind. One such cause that the grassroots political activism organization holds dear is electoral reforms that will see big money kicked out of the electoral process. Additionally, they seek to empower voters during especially during electoral periods. Other than reforming the current campaign financing system, the proposed reforms will introduce laws that govern ethical practices while strengthening mechanisms for ensuring government accountability.
Commenting on the new political developments in Capitol Hill, Tiffany Muller thanked the House Democracy Reform Task Force for taking bold actions towards stamping special interests out of U.S politics. The president and chief executive of the organization noted that the unlimited campaign finance contribution power given to special interests groups allows them buy and sell politicians. In a statement that is reflective of the current investigations on Russian meddling into the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, Muller noted that the freedom given to the special interests group offers free ticket for foreign governments to secretly fund elections in the country. She believes that the proposed reforms can the American people their political voice by plugging the loopholes.
Preparations for 2018 Mid-term Elections
End Citizens United’s commitment towards electoral financing reform in the United States got a short in the arm with the news that the organization has raised over $4 million for the first three months of the 2017 calendar year. The organization, which has set a benchmark of $5,000 per individual contributor, received donations from over 100,000 people. More impressively, donations from new donors rose to up to 40 percent. The organization, which is dedicated to overturning the 2010 U.S Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United, has set a target of raising $30 million in readiness for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. The newly announced financial reforms will see End Citizens United improve on the $25 million it raised during the 2016 elections. The reforms also mandate the organization to seek partnerships with other entities that share their aspirations and mission.
If End Citizens United manages to raise the targeted $30 million, then it will give the organization significant financial war chest to support the campaigns of several candidates who share their foundational objective of reforming the country’s campaign financing system. The organization was strongly opposed to the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education due to her campaign financing history. While End Citizens United has not made public the full list of candidates it supports, it has also indicated that it will support several senators during the coming elections. Moreover, it threw its weight behind Jon Ossoff who vied for a congressional seat in a special election in Georgia.