Established in 2015, End Citizens United was originally seen as a traditional PAC which may struggle to survive because of the limited mandate of its goals revolving around the protection of campaign financing regulations. In fact, the development of End Citizens United has been important to the left-leaning side of the political spectrum as the President of the PAC, Tiffany Muller has decided to back Democrats in upcoming elections as they are seen as being more open to reversing the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United.
End Citizens United has become a major part of the drive in the U.S. to protect the regulations already in place for election financing and fighting to reverse the powers provided to Super PACs and “mega-donors” by the Citizens United decision. As the 2018 Midterms draw closer the role of End Citizens United is growing even more with the focus of many on developing candidates who will benefit from the projected $35 million war chest the group is creating through grassroots donations not permitted to total more than $5,000 per member per election cycle.
Recently, the power of End citizens United has been shown in the growth of the PAC on a national scale which has seen them protecting the important work completed as part of the Johnson Amendment which separates the power of Church and State. The work of the PAC also extends as far as examining the different options open to politicians who wish to follow or not to follow the regulations in place regarding funding their campaigns.
The Herald-Tribune reports the End Citizens United PAC has grown increasingly concerned about the campaign finances of Florida Governor Rick Scott and recently filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about his New Republican PAC. In paperwork filed to establish the PAC, Scott stated it was devoted to extending the work of President Donald Trump and encouraging young people to support the work of the GOP; however, End Citizens United reports the PAC has now switched its focus to backing the upcoming election campaign of the Governor which flouts election finance rules in a major way. As Scott attempts to shift his focus to a Senate run the use of funds raised for other purposes would constitute a major breach of the regulations designed to protect “testing the water” donations.