The role of money in politics has become increasingly a problem in the United States. Financial reform and regulation in the American political game has been a charge led only by democrats and progressives which means it has been staunchly fought by nearly a third of the country. Most people don’t realize just how important it is to have campaign finance reform. Having politicians bought and sold like cattle by large corporations, special interests, and lobbyists is one way to ensure a broken country. That is why Tiffany Muller, President of the political action committee End Citizens United, has been gaining so much steam of late.
The impact of dark money in politics can be traced by the monumental Supreme Court decision in 2010 which featured a conservative group by the name of Citizens United. Citizens United approached the Supreme Court in order to fight for loosened regulation and restriction on money in politics and for some reason the Supreme Court caved in. Since then special interests and lobbyists have ruled the land while people like democratic Senator Whitehouse, who was recently endorsed by End Citizens United, have fought to bring equality back to the playing field.
Of course, if End Citizens United is going to succeed they are going to do so on the backs of every day people like you and me. The PAC has seen a monumental surge in terms of money raised over the past year and that has given the team renewed energy and vigor as they head toward the 2018 Congressional Elections. Through the first quarter of 2017 End Citizens United saw over $4 million raised via donations. This number is gigantic, especially considering how much they raised in 2016, but it is only the beginning. End Citizens United plans to raise nearly $35 million by the end of the year in order to prepare candidates for the 2018 Congressional Elections.
The energy that has been found within End Citizens United has been mostly fueled by average Americans who want to take back some portion of control within their political process. Muller said that the majority of contributors to the PAC believe that the “system is rigged” and that they are beholden to whoever can write “the biggest checks”. Obviously, Muller doesn’t believe in equating money with political speech and that is why she is so successful so far. The average contribution to the PAC has been only $12 which is less than a single dinner on the town. There have been over 100,000 donations from different people while 40,000 have personally donated their time to the cause. End Citizens United is looking to ramp up their efficiency in the coming months to fight the onslaught from Donald Trump’s money oriented administration.