The traditional PAC, End Citizens United has been one of the leading groups backing the Democrats in various election campaigns since the group was established in 2015 with the sole aim of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. Over the course of the last eight years, the problem of unfair campaign financing has been growing in importance following the Citizens United decision and the arrival of “dark money” in U.S. politics; by the time of the 2018 Midterms, End Citizens United hopes to have raised the profile of the problem of campaign financing across the nation.
The roots of End Citizens United date back to 2008 when the Citizens United group began a campaign to broadcast a show on television called, “Hillary: The Movie”. As 2008 was an election year the showing of the movie on the eve of an election featuring a negative view of Hillary Clinton was seen as problematic and sparked a furious backlash and court case which would lead to the Supreme Court in 2010. As the case progressed through various courts it became a battle over where the financing for both “Hillary: The Movie” and funding for its broadcast came from which would lead to the decision to allow corporate and special interest groups unlimited funding opportunities during elections.
PAC President Tiffany Muller believes the issue of campaign financing is of great importance to the people of the U.S. as research shows a campaign message regarding election finance levels results in more votes for Democrats than their traditional message. The decision to support Democrats was taken by Tiffany Muller as Republicans have been the main beneficiaries of the Citizens United decision and are less likely to back calls for its reversal.
Instead of relying on the major donations of corporate groups and special interest organizations, End Citizens United has built a powerful reputation for itself based on grassroots donations. Operating as a traditional PAC is important as members are limited to just $5,000 in donations each election cycle meaning no single donor to exact undue political influence on the group and its work. The strategy of Tiffany Muller and her PAC has already proven a success in a number of special elections following the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.
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