End Citizens United

Established March 1st, 2015, End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee funded by grassroots donors. We are dedicated to countering the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming our campaign finance system. We'll show elected officials, candidates, voters, and the press that the grassroots are fighting back with force against the increasing brazenness of billionaires trying to buy our elections. This will be key to building a broad coalition working towards campaign finance reform and pressuring lawmakers to take action.
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Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are sure to be targeted by the new campaign. They are prominent Senate Democratic defenders of the filibuster, which could permit the GOP to kill the bill.

Progressives bet $30 million they can overcome the filibuster to pass HR 1

An expensive and aggressive lobbying step was taken Monday on the uphill climb for HR 1, the congressional Democrats' catchall package for assuring that voting gets easier and governance becomes more fair and ethical.

A pair of progressive organizations announced they will spend $30 million on television and digital advertising, direct lobbying, and creating grassroots pressure on the Senate. Part of the effort is to coordinate with other democracy reform groups to build momentum for what could become one of the most consequential victories over voter suppression since the 1960s.

The legislation's paramount obstacle is unified Republican opposition magnified by the filibuster, which is supposed to help democracy by giving the political minority influence but has also made partisan deadlock the norm. Advocates of HR 1 assert that, if there's ever a moment to confront the filibuster's perverse consequences, it's to pass a measure designed to resuscitate democracy itself.

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Sen. Rick Scott of Florida is one of the lead sponsors on a GOP election integrity bill.

Senate Republicans introduce their own election reform legislation

Days before the House is set to take up the sweeping democracy reform package known as HR 1, a handful of GOP senators proposed new legislation to "restore confidence" in American elections.

The so-called Save Democracy Act, which would create nationwide voting restrictions, was introduced Thursday by Rick Scott of Florida, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming — three of the eight Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results. Lummis' home-state colleague John Barrasso is also co-sponsoring the bill, although he did not object to the election certification.

The Republican bill stands about as much chance of passing in the Senate as the doomed HR 1 does. With the filibuster still intact, neither bill is likely to achieve the 60 votes needed to pass, despite new polling that show the public's growing appetite for reform following the contentious presidential election.

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End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller said her group's priority will be advocating for the passage of the sweeping democracy reform legislation HR 1.

Reform in 2021: End Citizens United sees path forward on HR 1

This is the fifth installment of an ongoing Q&A series.

As Democrats take power in Washington, if only tenuously, many democracy reform groups see a potential path toward making the American political system work better. In this installment, Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United and and its affiliate Let America Vote, answers our questions about 2020 accomplishments and plans for the year ahead. Her organization takes a progressive approach to money-in-politics and voting rights reform. Muller's responses have been edited for clarity and length.

First, let's briefly recap 2020. What was your biggest triumph last year?

Electing a Democratic trifecta that's committed to comprehensive democracy reform. End Citizens United and Let America Vote made incredible progress toward cementing anti-corruption and voting rights reforms as core elements at the top of the Democratic Party's agenda. Whether it was protecting vulnerable House freshmen, helping to flip the Senate with all five winning Democrats rejecting corporate political action committee money, electing a new president or protecting the right to vote by fighting back against misinformation, I'm proud of our team's work throughout 2020 — all of which was accomplished working from home during a global pandemic!

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After losing a Senate race in Missouri, Jason Kander formed Let America Vote. His group is now being absorbed by End Citizens United.

Top progressive reform groups merge to create a $50 million operation

Two of the more influential left-leaning democracy reform organizations are combining forces, forming one of the best-funded political operations aiming to help Democrats committed to voting rights and reducing money's sway over politics.

The merger was announced Thursday by End Citizens United, which will essentially be absorbing Let America Vote.

Since its creation five years ago, End Citizens United has become one of the more aggressive advocates for intensifying campaign finance regulations and promoting congressional and presidential candidates who make a version of "fighting the rigged system" a major campaign cause.

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