(Simone Pathé, Roll Call) – A new campaign finance reform political action committee expects to be among the top five outside groups to assist campaigns this cycle.
End Citizens United PAC has raised more than $2 million from its online supporters since it formed in March and says it’s on track to raise $25 to $30 million to funnel through a yet-to-be-created independent expenditure arm.
The group is hoping to grow its ranks when it begins renting Ready for Hillary’s email list this week. That “partnership,” Communications Director Richard Carbo told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday, “highlights our legitimacy.”
Its goal is to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which deregulated corporate and union spending for or against specific candidates, and the 2014 decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC, which struck down two-year aggregate limits on how much individuals can donate to candidates, parties and PACs.
And that’s where End Citizens United’s electoral involvement comes into play: Besides supporting states’ clean elections movements, such as one in Maine this summer, the group wants to help elect candidates at the congressional level who would support such an amendment and other campaign finance reforms.
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