The role of money in politics has come into increasing focus over the past several years and we can point to a critical moment, in 2010, as being at fault. In 2010 a conservative group by the name Citizens United lobbied the Supreme Court in order to loosen financial regulations on spending for politicians. Somehow Citizens United convinced the Supreme Court to agree to loosened regulations and the results have been catastrophic. Now more dark money than ever is flooding the political spectrum and it is causing a complete cave in on the most important institutions in America. One political action committee by the name of End Citizens United is doing their best to fix the catastrophic problem.
End Citizens United was established under a year ago by Tiffany Muller. Muller created the political action committee (PAC) with the intention of raising money, and awareness, in order to fight the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Her ultimate goal with the PAC is to get politicians in place who will put forth legislation in order to overturn the catastrophic decision. There have been many other PACs that have come along, all focused on doing the same thing, but none have had the organization nor the success that End Citizens United has had.
Through the first quarter of 2017 we saw End Citizens United have incredible fundraising success. End Citizens United raised over $4 million through these first three months, blowing away expectations from their 2016 numbers. The reason? Muller believes that people are donating in force because they feel that the system is rigged and that their voice isn’t being heard. This is just the beginning, however, as the goal is to raise nearly $35 million ahead of the busy 2018 political season.
One of the most important aspects of End Citizens United’s mission is to get politicians on board whoa re ready and willing to fight for finance reform in Washington D.C. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was recently endorsed by End Citizens United due to his stance on Citizen’s United. Muller and her PAC called Whitehouse a “champion of campaign finance reform“. With End Citizens United standing behind Sen Whitehouse he will have the power of the people behind him as he fights for his 2018 re-election campaign.
Whitehouse has always been one of the more vocal proponents of increased finance reform in the political world. He has gone on record numerous times fighting against the establishment Republicans in order to try and overturn Citizens United. Whitehouse will likely be facing off against Robert Nardolillo or Robert Flanders in the 2018 race. In any event, having the might of Tiffany Muller and End Citizens United behind him can only serve to help.