On July 14, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill called the Johnson Amendment. Originally, churches and charities were able to to serve their missions free from worry about manipulations by political and Big Money interest agenda. Unfortunately, the Johnson Amendment strikes this down for churches. This means that their biggest donors would be allowed to contribute with a hidden political agenda and big tax break. This is just one of the many bills that End Citizens United, with its overall mission of countering the SuperPACs’ spending unlimited amounts of special interest money in elections, is currently fighting against. End Citizens United has its name from the 2010 Supreme Court decision to allow unions and corporates to make biased donations into candidate elections. This led to the development of SuperPACs who are allowed to pour in unlimited amounts into elections.
By the end of March 2017, End Citizens United raised $4 million and is hoping to raise $35 million ahead of the mid-term elections in 2018. That’s a $10 million difference from the $25 million, with the average donation being about $12, that they raised in the 2016 election. During the first quarter of the year, they had about 100,000 donors, about 40,000 of whom did so for the first time. As a traditional PAC, End Citizens United has a policy against accepting anymore than $5,000 from any single donor. Yet in spite of this, they managed to soar to the top favor of the Democrats-aligned group spending during the 2016 election.
End Citizens United’s leader, Tiffany Mueller states that one of the PAC’s main goals is to elect candidates who champion campaign finance reforms. Currently, many of the group’s donors feel that the system is rigged against them and those with the largest donations feel as if they’re putting in the biggest say.
Mueller has formerly served as a deputy director to the Senate Democrats’ campaign. She has stated that End Citizens United is still examining which races that they will choose to defend in the 2018 mid-election. So far, they are considering Senators John Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.