In 2010, the Supreme Court issued a decision on the United States v F.E.C. case that declared corporations as people and protected their unlimited campaign contributions as their form of free speech. Created on March 1st, 2015, End Citizens United was established for the sole purpose of overturning the decision also known as Citizens United. In their own words, bringing an end to Citizens United will end “unlimited money in politics,” and stop the “dark money,” that blurs our current political system.
To this end, End Citizens United has established a PAC to fund the campaigns of pro-reform politicians. This PAC managed to earn two million dollars in the first month of its operation exclusively from small donors, and the PAC continues to sign petitions to push for current politicians in office to end Citizens United. Their message, though not stated, is very clear: end Citizens United or we’ll replace you with someone who will.
This attitude is what separates End Citizens United from other groups with similar goals. While some will be happy to sign a petition and hope for the best, they actively work to put politicians in office that will overturn the Supreme Court’s dangerous decision. They receive funds from everyday people and use that money to support candidates they know to support their cause.
However, this does not mean that this organization is going to be without its struggles. The constitutional amendment they need to requires two-thirds of the House and Senate to pass as well as ratification by three-fourths of states. The last constitutional amendment that was ratified was the 27th amendment in 1992, and that amendment was on the back burner since 1791. On other words, End Citizens United has a tough road ahead of it but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
There could be a better chance that the politicians that this group gets elected works to get a judge on the Supreme Court that is sympathetic to their cause. This judge would have the power to overturn the previous decision when a similar case is brought to the court, and with their membership growing more and more every day, it seems like End Citizens United is getting closer to making its name a reality.