Traditional PAC’s (political action committee) cannot accept donations larger than $5,000, and this is how End Citizens United is operated. The group is focusing its efforts on getting rid of the control big money donors have inside the realm of politics. The group has raised $4 million in the first quarter of 2017 and believes it will raise $35 million by the 2018 midterm election for congress. This will be a $10 million increase from the 2016 elections, which was their first year in operation. 100,000 people have donated so far, with 40,000 people donating for the first time. Regular Americans are feeling as though their voice is being shut out from the conversation, because of big money donors gaining much of the attention from law makers.
They hope to elect congress members who want to reform how money is being used in the government. Democrats are feeling the urgency to make positive changes, given the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the Republican Party having gained control of the house. Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of End Citizens United, has said they are still looking into who will be running in the 2018 elections, but it could include Jon Tester from Montana and Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown. The name, End Citizens United, comes from a 2010 Supreme Court decision to allow corporate donations to be used in candidate elections in an unlimited format.
On May 5, 2017, End Citizens United (ECU) endorsed Archie Parnell for Congress. Muller has mentioned the support Parnell has, finishing the South Carolina primary with 70% of the vote. Parnell has an interest in getting the big money corporations out of politics, with hopes of giving the everyday citizen a chance at having a voice. He has said, “ECU has carried the banner on campaign finance reform and fought to end the rigged system in Washington.” With an average donation of $14 per person, the group is gaining momentum in the fight against big money in Washington. The ECU is made up of over 3 million people and is entirely funded by grassroots donors.