The Political Action Committee, End Citizens United has been at the heart of the work to change the campaign finance regulations in the U.S. since the group was formed in 2015 with the purpose of reversing the Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010. The Supreme Court decision removed the caps on campaign funding many belief had allowed big money and undue political influence to remain out of politics as these were often seen as the guidelines which kept American political life unbiased.
There have been numerous attacks on the campaign funding regulations in recent years which End Citizens United has been raising awareness of and fighting to defeat in the media and through pressure placed on Congress to remain free of political influence. One of the major issues End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has been battling to bring to the attention of the public is the consistent threats from Republicans made to the Johnson Amendment which ensures the separation of Church and State during election campaigns; many fear the removal of this Amendment failing to allow Church groups to fund individual candidates or parties would see tax breaks awarded for campaign funding and an unfair advantage given to religious groups during important elections.
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By the middle of 2017, End Citizens United had already raised more than $7 million towards its fund for the 2018 Midterms and has seen its pledge not to accept campaign funding from special interest groups raise the profile of the PAC by a large amount. Tiffany Muller revealed the pledge was in place for the 2016 election cycle but saw only three candidates accept the endorsement of End Citizens United; in 2018, the tide of public attention and criticism is growing against those who accept special interest funding prompting more than 70 candidates to accept the pledge and reject special interest funding.
End Citizens United remains committed to raising awareness of which politicians have been guilty of accepting special interest funding in the past and recently revealed its own “Big Money 20” list of Republicans who have accepted the largest funding from special interest groups according to politifact.com. The group has been pleased to see many of the Democrats standing for reelection in the 2018 Midterms deciding to turn their backs on the corporate PACs and special interest groups including New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand who turned down between $800,000 and $1 million in funding to sign the End Citizens United pledge. News of the signing of the pledge from End Citizens United has usually been accompanied by a rise in the polls for those who publicize their views on campaign funding regardless of whether they are attempting to win a seat in a Republican or Democrat-controlled seat.
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