The political climate in the U.S. has changed beyond recognition over the course of 2016 and 2017 as millions of people have taken to the streets of the country in a bid to have their individual voice heard on a number of subjects. One of the major issues that has begun to become a cause for concern for the majority of U.S. voters has been the rising level of financial donors pushing forward their own agenda using the Citizens United ruling from the Supreme Court to back the candidates of their choice. The End Citizens United PAC was created in the buildup to the 2016 Presidential election in a bid to raise awareness of the problem of wealthy donors having to much of an influence on elections at all levels, and to make sure the need to call on candidates to call on Citizens United to be overturned in the coming years.
End Citizens United has created a traditional PAC that does not benefit from the rules that were changed by the ruling that shares the name of the group seeking to end a rule change that has had a major effect on the way U.S. politics take place. The group has become so successful in a short space of time and struck a nerve with the public that in the buildup to the 2016 Presidential election End Citizens United the PAC raised around $25 million; the previous fundraising figure will be dwarfed if End Citizens United continues on its current level of donations that has seen $4 million raised in just the first quarter of 2017. A record breaking level of fundraising will see End Citizens United reach its goal of $35 million over the course of the current election cycle that will end in 2018 if all goes to plan for the group.
During its short life the End Citizens United PAC has made a number of major decisions that have affected the way the group is seen and the direction it will take in the coming months. In a bid to make sure its calls for the Citizens United ruling of 2010 to be overturned were heard, the End Citizens United campaign have made the decision to back Democrat candidates for seats at all levels of government; the decision to back Democrat candidates has been based on the fact left leaning candidates and donors are more likely to back the campaign, as has been proven with George Soros providing the highest possible financial donation available. In May 2017, End Citizens United announced its first round of candidates backed for the 2018 midterm elections, which saw Democrat candidates from 11 states and the District of Columbia announced as having the support of the End Citizens United campaign.