One of the things that were different about the campaigns leading up to the just concluded general elections was the level of involvement of political action committees. One of the PACs that were deeply involved in the process is the End Citizens United. The group had raised $2million even before the campaigning period started, and they managed to raise even more funds, which helped them support a good number of Democratic Party Candidates vying for different positions across the country. Before the cycle ended, they had more than $30 million to support the campaigns of the various candidates.
Now that the campaigns are completed, and the Republicans’ candidate has won, the group has embarked on the ultimate goal that they had set out to achieve. Their main aim is to pass an amendment to the constitution that in 2010 gave rise to super PACs. The End Citizens United decision has been said to interfere with the politics by introducing a lot of dark money into the country’s politics. The group has already collected more than 300,000 signatures and is planning to raise more. They have joined hands with a group that was supporting Hillary, ‘ready for Hillary’, to try and adds to the number of signatures. The group has more than 4 million followers. They are hoping that with the signatures from the other movement, they will attain the number needed to move the motion.
There have been other PACs which have been involved in the election process. Richard Carbo, the executive leader of the group, stated that the difference between the team and the many others was the fact that they were trying to make a change that would be tangible in the entire electioneering process and not just engage in the day’s politics for their personal gain. He added that going for a constitutional amendment might seem like a high bar even for them, observing that the last change had been made in 1992. However, he added that they understood that people who choose that path always face an uphill battle, and hence they were ready for what was coming.
Rick Hasen, a political analyst, looked at the ambition of the group from a very sober perspective. He stated that even if they managed to raise $100 million, getting the Supreme Court to listen would still be difficult. He, however, added that it was the role of groups such as end End Citizens United to ensure that the public continued to get the information they need about the processes of the Supreme Court.
The group, which is based in DC, has five members of staff. Even though they seem to have many odds stacked against them, they might conquer them and achieve the goal of getting an amendment to the End Citizens rule from the highest court of the land.