Washington D.C. has been rife with dark money ever since the disastrous 2010 decision by the Supreme Court to cater to Citizens United. Citizens United is a conservative group that fought tooth and nail in order to loosen up restrictions and regulations in terms of political money entering Washington. As a result, dark money has been flooding the United States government causing politicians to be bought out and cater to special interests and lobbyists. When the will of the people is subverted by the actions of the wealthy donors, there is a problem. That driving issue is what caused Tiffany Muller to establish End Citizens United, a political action committee created to subvert the 2010 Supreme Court decision.
End Citizens United was established by Tiffany Muller as a response to all of the dark money that continues to fill up Washington. Dark money in politics has been an issue for a long time but it has reached a fever pitch over the past several years thanks to Citizens United. Muller knows that it is not tenable for the government to cater to lobbyists while ignoring the people and that is why End Citizens United has endured so much success over the past year or so. Muller says that the average person who is contributing to her PAC is of the belief that the “system is rigged against them“. She goes on to explain that donating to End Citizens United is one of the easiest and most effective ways to actually fight back.
The goal of End Citizens United is simple: they want to introduce politicians to office who firmly believe in the idea of campaign finance reform. Getting politicians in office that believe in financial reform means that they will be closer than ever to introducing legislation to roll back the Citizens United decision. Ironically enough, making this happen is not going to be cheap. As a result, End Citizens United has been looking to donors to help fund their PAC while giving their candidates a shot in the arm among voters.
Most recently we saw End Citizens United endorse United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse, a Democrat, has long been considered one of the foremost champions of financial campaign reform. Whitehouse is running a re-election campaign in 2018 and it will be absolutely pivotal that he keeps his seat at the table in order to keep pushing legislation forward to try and subvert Citizens United.
Over the first quarter of 2017 End Citizens United saw nearly $4 million in donations. These donations were spread across 100,000 different people with the average donation being just $12. This is truly a movement for the people and by the people to take back their political voice.