End Citizens United was established in 2015 with the aim of limiting the power of Super PACs and major corporations intent on influencing upcoming elections during the 21st-century. During the 2016 Presidential election cycle, ECU shocked many with the speed with which it grew in stature and members. The traditional PAC grew so quickly its mailing list was used by the campaign of Hillary Clinton during her election loss to Republican Donald Trump.
In the build-up to the 2016 election cycle, End Citizens United created its pledge for candidates promising not to accept financing from corporate PACs and private donors. In 2016, only three candidates were willing to sign the ECU pledge, but this Number has skyrocketed in 2018 with over 140 left-leaning candidates rejecting the power of the corporate dollar. End Citizens United is backing some of the latest generations of candidates attempting to gain office from local to national level who are seeking a new era of reform of the election system. The group’s financial information is available on OpenSecrets.Org.
Not only is the PAC looking to protect the democratic future of the U.S. it is also seeking to protect the election finance regulations already in-place with the Federal Election Commission. The use of so-called dark money is one of the gray areas, End Citizens United is hoping to bring an end to through the closure of the many loopholes allowing campaign funding to slide through gaps in the law. Operating as a traditional PAC, End Citizens United is highlighting the ability of Super PACs and corporate donors to advertise with unlimited funding above $10,000 without any declaration being made to the public if the candidate does not specifically endorse the ads produced.
Despite only being established in 2015, ECU has attracted some of the biggest names from the left, including established politicians and those from the latest generation of political experts. Some Democrats, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, are aligning themselves with the PAC as they prepare for a run for The White House in 2020.