End Citizens United, a grassroots political organization, continues its campaign to help get money out 2of politics. The organization formed after a United States Supreme decision repealed key parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act. It continues its stated goal to get big money out of politics. The organization has supported any candidate who favors campaign finance reform since its founding.
Although the group is opposed to big money in politics because of its negative influence on the political system, it raised over four million dollars to fund its current projects. The organization thinks it can raise over $35 million dollars for the 2018 midterm elections.
Despite the successful fund raising efforts, many of the donations coming to the political action committee are not coming from big money donors. As it was when it began, the group remains focused on grassroots efforts. The average donation it receives is a little over ten dollars, according to the USA Today.
Jon Ossoff, a candidate who ran to replace a Republican congressman from Georgia, was one of the groups recent benefactors. Ossoff surprised many people when he managed to raise $4 million dollars for his campaign. Many people believed the candidate came out of nowhere. His impressive fundraising efforts were not enough to guarantee him victory. The empty seat was filled by a Republican candidate.
Tiffany Muller, the group’s director, is not surprised by the uptick in donations. Donors to End Citizens United often feel that the political system is corrupted by the influence of big money and lobbyists. They believe that members of the country’s congress and members of the state legislature no longer listen to the common person. People continue to contribute to the organization because they feel they have been disenfranchised by the current state of the political process.
The influence of big money in politics is not the only factors driving donations to the campaign. Many people feel that the electoral college system further disenfranchises them. They feel the electoral college chose President Trump over the wishes of the American people. Anger, according to Muller, is driving many people to contribute money to the group.