End Citizens United has been fighting the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C. for years. The political action committee (PAC) now supports candidates who refuse money from corporate donors.
That list continues to grow.
End Citizens United was founded in 2015 on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations and individuals to make unlimited donations to PACs. The organization feels that this has allowed corporate interests and billionaires to dominate politics at the expense of everyday citizens.
Several politicians are joining the fight for campaign finance reform. Back in March, Arizona Democrat Hiral Tipirneni confirmed she will not accept any corporate PAC money in her special congressional election campaign. As a result, End Citizens United is endorsing Tipirneni in the election.
She is not the only politician to receive an endorsement from End Citizens United, either. The organization is supporting many other Congressional challengers across the country, including Lauren Baer from Florida, Gary Trauner from Wyoming, Rick Neal from Ohio, and Tom Malinowski from New Jersey. All of them have declined corporate PAC donations.
This came after End Citizens United supported Democrat Conor Lamb during his special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district. The PAC claimed that it raised over $550,000 for Lamb’s campaign. The group also purchased $250,000 of advertising in Pennsylvania that it used to air commercials against Lamb’s opponent, Rick Saccone.
Also, this year, the PAC raised $600,000 for Democrat Doug Jones in his Alabama Senate race against Roy Moore.
So far, the organization’s efforts appear to be paying off. Both Lamb and Jones pulled out victories despite running in heavily Republican areas.
End Citizens United is not done yet, either. It is specifically targeting 20 incumbents who it says have focused on special interests over the needs of their constituents. Members of this “Big Money 20” group include influential Republicans like Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Even more established politicians are now declining corporate dollars. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both recently announced that they will no longer accept donations from corporate PACs.
Of course, electing officials who refuse corporate PAC money is just the first step toward campaign finance reform. End Citizens United hopes to support new regulations on the state level and, eventually, overturn the Supreme Court decision that led to the proliferation of unlimited corporate donations in politics.