In 2105, End Citizens United is committed to countering the effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system of the United States. It was formed as a direct reaction to the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling, backed wholly by Citizens United, which created a loophole for huge corporations and individual billionaires to make huge untraceable financial contributions to election campaigns. This would allow such companies and individuals to manipulate the political leadership of the country in their favor. End Citizens United seeks to push back on these disastrous policies by financing leadership of proven integrity who would champion reform.
In line with End Citizens United’s mission, they have maintained their position on the frontline in the fight for reform since their inception in 2015. In just two years, the organization has been responsible for many campaigns and has financed may change committed politicians, especially from the Democratic Party, to ensure that they have as much control over their reform agenda as possible. Politico reported on July 18th, 2017 that End Citizens United, along with other lobby groups such as Every Choice, Daily Kos, and Common Cause had raised more than 300,000 petitions. This was to compel the Department of Justice (DOJ) to initiate investigations into the apparent interference of Russia in the just concluded American elections. The petition was launched after emails belonging to Donald Trump Jr. were made public and raising the signatures did not take too long. The emails indicated that Mr. Trump, who is the son of the American president Donald Trump, may have held meetings with Russian lawyers during the campaign period. The groups consider this to be highly inappropriate and deserving of an investigation and possible conviction should any individuals or parties be found guilty of collusion with Russia, an adversary of America.
End Citizens United is funded by grassroots donors and individual citizens of goodwill. On April 4th, 2017, USA Today reported that the organization had raised more than $4 million in the first quarter of the year. It also hoped to raise an approximated $35 million by 2018, just in time for the midterm elections for the Congress. That would account for a $25 million increase from the amount they had raised last year for the presidential election. USA Today wrote that End Citizens United aims to push out big money from election campaigns by raising big money of its own. This would ensure that compromised politicians would not have the upper hand over certain individuals who aim at pushing reform and producing a real positive change in the country’s leadership on account of having massive financial arsenal provided by the huge corporation, who are mostly driven by selfish interests. Raising such a huge amount of money would ensure that the organization achieves its goal.