End Citizens United is working toward pushing big money out of politics by helping to elect candidates who reject special interest money and large donations and aiding states with ballot measures aimed at campaign reform. Citizens United is a Political Action Committee formed to promote corporate interests and socially conservative causes and candidates. During the 2008 election cycle the group wanted to broadcast television ads critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton which would have been a violation of what is known as the McCain-Feingold Act. The act prohibited corporations and unions from contributing money for ads mentioning candidates just prior elections.
Citizens United sued the Federal Election Commission. The suit went to the US Supreme Court and the law was ruled unconstitutional in that it repressed political spending thereby restricting speech.
In 2015 End Citizens United formed to counter the effects of the ruling on Citizens United. In the 2018 election the organization expects to raise $35 million. That would be $10 million more than was spent in the 2016 election cycle.
Recently the organization endorsed US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand after she announced she would no longer accept special interest money or large checks according to crunchbase.com. End Citizens United has also praised US Senator Cory Booker for his pledge that he would not accept money from corporate PACs. Other candidates endorsed by End Citizens United include US Senators Elizabeth Warren, Jon Tester, Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown. US house members they’ve endorsed include Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi among many others.
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End Citizens United recently unveiled a list of Republican members of Congress they will target in the upcoming elections. They call the list “Big Money 20”. The organization says the candidates on the list work for special interests and big money over their own constituents. Below is a list of the candidates who made the list.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan
Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa
Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois
Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado
Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas
Rep. Darrell Issa of California
Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey
Rep Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania
Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota
Rep. Rob Pittenger of North Carolina
Rep. Dana Rohrbacher of California
Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois
Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York
Rep. Mimi Walters of California
End Citizens United is located in Washington, D.C. and their president is Tiffany Muller, who was formerly the Deputy Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.