Political Action Committee, End Citizens United (ECU) announced on February 28th, 2017 the organization has received $150,000 in financial contributions. The funds were donated from small donors in Atlanta and the State of Georgia to support the political campaign for Jon Ossoff. He is running to represent the State’s 6th Congressional District, and was officially endorsed by ECU on February 22nd. In Georgia and Atlanta, a total of 110,000 members joined the organization to support its campaign finance reform and to elect Mr. Ossoff because of his strong stance on the issue. He is one the pro-reform political candidates willing to work to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United vs FEC case.
The Court decision permits corporations, billionaires, and special interest to spend unlimited and untraceable money in political elections. End Citizens United was established in August 2015 to work towards overturning the ruling and make contributions more transparent and accountable. ECU is based in District of Columbia and raised over $2 million from small donors at the time of its launching. Richard Carbo, the PAC’s Communications Director told MSNBC News the organization raised between $25 million to $30 million, by the end of 2015. At the time, more than 325,000 people signed ECU’s petition demanding Congress to pass legislation to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Citizens United.
End Citizens United said the ruling gave power to Super PACs and created an enormous wave of dark money into politics. March 1st, 2017 is the organization’s anniversary date in action promoting the change of political elections landscaping in the United States. ECU and its members are prepared and willing to fight against corrupted political systems by electing campaign finance reform focused politicians. The organization believes it’s the key to building an extensive coalition and forces lawmakers to end dark money in politics. Two years ago, the PAC endorsed 11 Democratic candidates in Colorado, Wisconsin, and other U.S. states.
Today, End Citizens United continues to endorse Democratic candidates, including Jon Ossoff who are actively advocating campaign finance reform in America. If Ossoff wins the election in Georgia, he will represent the 6th Congressional District and do what he can to influence lawmakers to pass legislation. ECU is unlike other PAC campaign finance reform focused organizations and is committed to electing pro-reform candidates and raising national awareness of the issues involving deceptive political financial systems. Overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling is first on ECU’s agenda, followed by raising donations and implementing new legislation to end buying elections. The mission is to push voters, candidates, elected officials, and the press to fight against Citizens United.