In late April, End Citizens United endorsed Democrat Rob Quist for Montana’s at-large congressional seat. This organization did so because of Rob Quist’s strong opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United terrible ruling which resulted in corporations and rich individuals pouring money into elections around the United States. Tiffany Muller, who is the Executive Director of End Citizens United, said that Rob Quist is a candidate that doesn’t cater to special interests like his opponent does and is committed to fair and transparent elections.
While talking about Rob Quist’s opponent, Tiffany Muller also said that his opponent is a millionaire who works with secretive special interest groups and has lobbied to sell public lands. In a statement about the endorsement, Rob Quist said that he believes there is way too much money in politics after the Supreme Court ruling, a belief in keeping with the majority of the citizens of Montana. He said he would serve the people who vote for him, not out of state special interest organizations.
Early in this election cycle, End Citizens United is already seeing great success in its fundraising efforts. The organization collected more than $4 million in donations in just the first three months of the year. It expects to have a total of $35 million in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. In contrast, End Citizens United had a total of $25 million for the 2016 Presidential election so their movement is gaining a lot of steam.
End Citizens United is supported by a grassroots efforts and so far more than 100,000 people have donated to this political action committee. Tiffany Muller said that of the people who have donated so far this year, about 40,000 of them had given money to her organization for the first time. The average donation they received was $12. Tiffany Muller said that comments she had received from donors including an overwhelming sentiment that the election system in this country is rigged against them and in favor of the wealthy, connected, and powerful.
Jon Ossoff is a Democrat in Georgia who so far has completely defied expectations in his heavily Republican district. End Citizens United has been encouraging people to donate to his campaign in their quest to help raise $500,000 for him. He is running in a special election against a Republican in a seat that was vacated by Tom Price when he was named the new Health and Human Services Secretary. Other contests that the leaders at End Citizens United are focused on includes defending the seats of Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. All three of these candidates have expressed strong opposition to the Supreme Courts decision and have pledged to support campaign finance reform.