End Citizen’s public announcement of their $4 million donations elicited mixed reactions as this contradicts the group’s mission. For a political action group that opposes the funding of campaigns, by high-rolling political affiliates, this news is ironical and might send out mixed signals.
Interesting enough, the USA TODAY, revealed that the organization plans to increase the donations to $35 Million to fund campaigns for the Congress during the 2018 elections. The targeted amount of donated resources represents an 8.7% increase in contributions as compared to 2016’s received donations.
Tiffany Muller, the group’s President, says that they aim at establishing campaign funds reforms. PAC is behind the recent campaign’s donations for Jon Ossoff’s Democratic bid, for the vacant Republican seat left by Tom Price, formerly the secretary of health and Human Services. End United is behind the $500,000 campaigns drive for the 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, who is unsettling a few in the political circles.
It is also evident that End Citizen will settle on the political aspirants to support during the campaigns. Muller announced that they would be likely supporting Sherrod Brown and John Tester, Democrats from Ohio and Montana.
End Citizen still operates per traditional modus operandi of not accepting cash contributions of more than $5000 per individual. The Political Action Group, therefore, functions by encouraging more citizens to participate in their funds drive. In the first quarter of 2017, out of the 100,000 donors, 40,000 were new donors. The upward spike in membership primarily represents an indifferent citizenry that is fostering strong anti-system sentiments. It’s a public outcry, a cry of frustration, for people who are in opposition of the Donald Trump administration.
Campaign watchdogs have started raising concerns about End Citizen United fundraising strategies. These strategies are more politically inclined than grass-root oriented as is the requirement. Tulle, a former deputy director for Democrats campaigning wing, said that PAC has partnered with other campaign funds groups.
This political action group is ranking on the top of similar groups and is influential in mobilizing votes favoring candidates that they are sponsoring. Adam Bozzi, United’s spokesman, illustrated how they influenced its Republican donations recipient, from participating in the nomination process of Betsy Devos who was interested in the Education Secretary office in the Trumps administration. Vice President Pence’s vote tipped the scales after a 50-50 Senate vote.
End Citizen United adopted their name from the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling on the Citizens United decision. This decision has raised the bar on campaign spending and sourcing of funds. Citizens can now form groups and receive donations from companies and unions. End United is a model to raise campaign funds for preferred Democrats’ candidates.