In December 2017, End Citizens United revealed its “Big Money 20” list of political donors who the PAC believes put the needs of their billionaire donors ahead those of their constituents. In the buildup to the 2018 midterm elections, End Citizens United has revealed 17 of the so-called “Big Money 20” voted in favor of the recently passed Republican-backed Tax Reform Bill which has been at the heart of the battle about the role being played by wealthy Republican donors and corporations.
End Citizens United believes the Tax Reform Bill is a Holiday gift provided by the Republican party to their wealthy donors who are searching for bigger breaks from the politicians they provide with millions of dollars in funding each year. The fact 17 of the 20 Republicans named to the list of top individuals backed by major political donors voted for the Tax Reform Bill highlights the need for the election financing reform End Citizens United is fighting for. The Tax Reform Bill will provide the wealthiest in the U.S. with huge tax breaks and result in a major period of damage to the financial security of the middle classes End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller believes are disappearing in the current political climate.
In a press release responding to the passing of the Tax Reform Bill, Tiffany Muller explained the Republican-written bill was a sign the billionaire classes were now damaging democracy to a great extent. The 17 Republicans voting for the bill who were already named to the “Big Money 20” list received more than $11 million from special interest groups supporting the Tax Reform Bill.
End Citizens United looks to avoid the issues of major donors influencing the political future of the political action committee by operating as a traditional PAC; this means the highest possible donation to the cause is capped at just $5,000. Some major political donors have shown their support for the group including Democrat George Soros who described the Citizens United decision and financial support shown by the billionaire donor class as “odious”.
By the time of the 2018 midterm elections, End Citizens United hopes to have an election war chest of $35 million building on the average donation of supporters of just $14. The grassroots nature of the End Citizens United PAC means it has maintained its political independence and decided to support Democrat candidates solely on the fact they are more likely to support campaign financing reform in a stronger way than their Republican rivals.