End Citizens United is planning to channelize millions of dollars into the campaigns of Democratic candidates who run in the House as well as Senate races.
This group has already managed to raise $4 million so far. All this has come from small donors mainly. Now they are planning to raise a lot more.
All this is being done in order to ensure that a constitutional amendment gets passed that would reverse the Citizens United decision in 2010 by the Supreme Court. This would promote super PACs that would unleash huge amounts of dark money that would find their way into politics.
End Citizens United has managed to get more than 325,000 people to sign their petition so far. The petition demands that the Congress should pass such legislation. This number should be increasing as this group has entered into a partnership with the “Ready for Hillary” campaign.
But End Citizens United is different from other PACs that have been focusing on the campaign finance reforms. This group addresses the political side of this issue. Besides, it is actually getting those people elected who would be able to change the existing laws. This means that they would support those candidates who would be willing to stand up against Citizens United.
Now End Citizens United is planning to help in enacting campaign finance reforms that will be on the local as well as state level too. Passing any constitutional amendment in order to overturn this Supreme Court decision of 2010 has to win consent from nearly two-thirds of the Senate as well as the House. Additionally, it has to be ratified by almost three-fourths of states.
This is really too high for any constitutional amendment. Hence it is a tough task for anyone who would choose that path.
Another fact remains that not a single Constitutional amendment has been passed by the US since 1992. Many campaign finance regulation experts feel that even if End Citizens United manages to raise $100 million, it will be still difficult for getting the constitutional amendment passed. The only likelihood they see of getting this law changed is by confirming a new justice of Supreme Court who would be able to shift the court’s balance.
Still, groups such as End Citizens United serve a strong purpose by creating public awareness of this decision of the Supreme Court. This way it is able to keep political pressure on the Supreme Court as well as other political actors. In this way, things will not become worse than what they already are.
Besides, having access to money in the range of $25 – $30 million can lead to significant ad buy which could impact a House race.