End Citizens United PAC has officially said that it is going to support U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in his 2018 reelection campaign. End Citizens United has referred to the senator as an advocate of campaign-finance changes. The PAC provides financial support to those against Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. The ruling increased the amount corporations can finance politicians and their parties.
Senator Whitehouse is on record opposing the decision of the Supreme Court and has occasionally asked for more transparency in political contributions and spending. In 2017, he wrote a book based on this subject called “Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.” Recently, Senator Whitehouse has disputed the large amount of “dark money” used in the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
End Citizens United has said that in the first quarter of this year, it has received over $4 million from its members and supporters. Coventry State Representative Robert Nardillilo is battling it out with Robert Flanders, a one-time state Supreme Court Justice to determine who will clinch the Republican ticket to face Senator Whitehouse.
End Citizens United raises $4 million and plans to raise $35 million for the 2018 midterms
End Citizens United has recently been able to raise a lot of money on its own. Apart from the $4 million raised in the first quarter, the organization hopes to raise over $35 million to be used in the 2018 midterm Congress elections. This is a significant increase compared to the $26 million that was raised during the American presidential elections in 2016.
Tiffany Muller, the organization’s president and executive director, said that 40,000 of the 100,000 people that contributed did it for the first time. The leader of the organization further stressed that their main aim was to elect people who advocate for campaign-finance reforms in Congress. Muller further revealed that the average contribution was $12. The maximum that an individual donor can give the group is $5,000.
She said donors felt that those with more money have taken the system away from them. End Citizens United has come to counter this and reclaim the system. She added that the Democrats are unhappy about President Trump’s win and are ready to counter his agenda and appointments, especially that of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Recently, the committee played a significant role in raising money to finance the election of Jon Ossoff of Democratic Party in Georgia. Ossoff, 30, is a first-time candidate and has been able to raise over $4 million. Muller added that the group is looking at the races it will actively participate in come 2018. The key races it has already identified are the reelection of Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and that of his Montana counterpart Jon Tester both of the Democratic Party.