End Citizens United (ECU) is an American Political Action Committee that aims to reform the electoral process, particularly the campaign finance system in the United States. The group is seeking to correct the most potent flaw in the electoral system. This flaw has led to a situation in which a handful of the elite outside the political process influence the governmental policies to meet their corporate interests. It also seeks to defy the deleterious effects of Citizens United, thus adopting the name, ‘End Citizens United.’ With funding from grassroots donors, the committee was launched in 2015.
The ECU announces a list of its House endorsements prior to elections for congress. It recently publicized the names for the first round of House endorsements for the 2018 cycle. There are 19 names in list and all the 19 are considered to be diehard supporters of reforming campaign finance. With its first round of endorsements, the ECU will be able to bring together these candidates with its more than 3 million plebian members to start promotional actions to emphasize the exigent centrality of campaign finance in electoral campaigns.
Through its advocacy activities and workshops, the ECU believes that It will be able to pave the way for the election of a majority that will fight against the flawed campaign process in order to unshackle the U.S. from the shackles of big business tycoons. The ECU hopes that its candidates will get elected in the 2018 elections for House of Representatives, and will make efforts to uproot the menace of campaign finance.
To meet its goals, the ECU relies on the money it collects from its working class, average Americans. Following the announcement of its first round of endorsements, the ECU set a target to raise $35 million for the 2018 elections cycle. During the first three months of the on-going year, the committee has already amassed $4 million. It now wants to take that figure to $35 million before the formal beginning of the congressional elections in 2018.
Over the years, the number of its grassroots donors has substantially increased. Over the last four months, some 40,000 people have contributed for the first time, which reflects the growing appeal of the committee’s agenda. The executive director of the ECU said that the average contribution by working Americans has increased to $12 dollars per person. These people believe that the system has become a fiefdom of big businessmen, who rig the elections by spending extravagantly during the electoral campaigns. The average American supporting the End Citizens United feels that the system has failed and rigged them.
The ECU runs its activities in a traditional sense of political action and it does not accept donations greater than $5000 from one person. It believes more in an average person’s participation than the amount of money he contributes.