End Citizens, a nationally recognized political action committee has declared that it will endorse U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for re-election in 2018. The organization has referred to the senator as a finance reforms champion.
End Citizens United has been known to back politicians who are opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Citizens United. This infamous ruling made it possible for corporations to fund political candidates.
Whitehouse is opposed to the Citizens United ruling and is known to campaign for absolute transparency in political donations and spending. Sheldon published a book addressing this issue in 2017. The book was titled – Captured: “The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy”. Whitehouse recently questioned Neil Gorsuch, a Supreme Court Justice, about the dark money used to promote his nomination.
Republicans such as John Loughlin, former state republican, are opposed to Whitehouse’s argument since he seems not to focus on the dark money that benefits Democratic campaigns. Democrat Whitehouse’s likely opponents in the 2018 race are Robert Nardolillo, Coventry State Republican, or Robert Flanders, former state Supreme Court Justice.
End Citizens’ Other Preferred Democratic Candidates
End Citizens has raised over $4 million in the first 3 months this year. The organization expects to raise $35 million before the 2018 elections for Congress. This will be a significant improvement from the whopping $25 million raised in the 2016 elections. According to Tiffany Muller, the president of End Citizens United, approximately 100,000 funded the PAC in the first quarter of 2017, 40,000 of these donors were contributing to the organization for their first time. The leader says that their ultimate goal is introducing campaign finance reformists to Congress.
Muller affirmed that the PAC’s average contribution this year was $12. The donors who give to the PAC believe that the U.S. political system has been rigged whereby only those who are capable of writing big checks have the biggest say. End Citizens United provides these donors with a means of fighting against this unjust system.
The PAC has been busy urging its donors to give $500,000 towards the campaign efforts of Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political candidate who is vying for the first time. Ossoff, 30, is from Georgia. Ossoff has amazed many politicians by managing to raise over $4 million for the April 18 election held to replace a Republican seat in Atlanta that was left vacant with the exit of Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Muller stated that the group was still determining the races that it will participate in but affirmed that End Citizens United would be supporting Jon Tester (Montana) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) in 2018.
Where Did the Name End Citizen Come From?
The PAC’s name is derived from the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United. The decision created an opportunity for corporate and union donations in candidate election. It also helped the establishment of super PACs that raised and spent millions.