If the political machine in the United States was an ocean it would be infested by pollution. That pollution, oddly enough, is money. Dark money in politics has made the American government a machine that is completely beholden to special interests and lobbyists, where anybody with enough money can go ahead and take control of the course of a politicians voting record. See the problem here? When money has a louder voice than American voters, rich and poor, the government is no longer functioning. That is why Tiffany Muller, the president at End Citizens United, has been fighting tooth and nail to reclaim some sort of purity in the political machine.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created with the sole purpose of turning over one of the most swampy Supreme Court decisions of all time: the 2010 Citizens United case. Of course, most people aren’t aware of Citizens United so they don’t realize just how damaging it has been to American politics. The job of Tiffany Muller and her PAC is to bring awareness to the court decision and raise money in order to fund politicians who promise to actually work toward repealing it with a congressional amendment. For those not in the know, Citizens United is a right wing group that lobbied the Supreme Court to loosen regulations on campaign financing — thus opening the doors for serious problems in the political machine.
Due to the increase in rage toward the Presidency of Donald Trump more people are looking to become politically aware and politically active — and this has helped End Citizens United in a huge way. Through the first quarter of fundraising for Tiffany Muller’s PAC they have raised a jaw dropping $4 million. While this is an impressive amount it isn’t exactly going to get the job done. With the 2018 Congressional Elections coming up, Muller and the team at End Citizens United know that they need to make some serious moves toward raising money. Through the entire 2017 year the team at End Citizens United is looking to raise about $35 million and if they can hit that mark, they just might make their name a reality.
The big problem for End Citizens United in Washington D.C. is that their mission goal, while noble, isn’t a bipartisan one. While almost 80% of American voters agree on campaign reform, a stunning 0% of Congressional Republicans are willing to stand behind it. This means that End Citizens United is backing only Democrats, including Senator Russ Feingold and Senator Michael Bennet. If End Citizens United can get Democrats into Congressional seats in 2018 there might just be a path to success and taking back American politics.