U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is being endorsed for his 2018 re-election by a nation wide grass roots political action committee known as End Citizens United. End Citizens United contributes money to the campaigns of certain politicians who oppose the ability of corporations to make political contributions. Their main focus is to remove big money contributors from politics. Whitehouse has openly opposed the Citizens United decision. This decision, to allow corporate contributions, was approved by the Supreme Court. In 2017 Sheldon Whitehouse published “Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.” This book outlined the need for transparency in political spending. In the upcoming 2018 elections, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse could be running up against Robert Nardolillo or Robert Flanders.
To date, End Citizens United has been able to raise more then four million dollars for the first three months of their fiscal year towards political campaigns. The first election cycle of the End Citizens United Pac was able to raise $25 million for the 2016 elections. End Citizens United is hoping to raise $35 million before the 2018 mid term elections. Many people have felt as if the voting system is rigged against them because of donations provided by large corporations. As of the end of the first fiscal quarter of the year, End Citizens United has acquired roughly 40,000 new contributors to the fund in comparison to the end of the first fiscal quarter of the 2016 elections. The total of the donations average out to about $12 per contributor. End Citizens United operates as a PAC and cannot accept donations greater then five thousand dollars from a single contributor. Their aggressive fundraising helps it make decisions when examining which races it will be actively involved in for the 2018 elections.
Recently, End Citizens United has urged their supporters to donate in hopes to raise $500,000 to first time political candidate; Democrat John Ossoff’s congressional campaign. Together, the Pac and Jon were able to raise more then four million dollars towards towards the campaign that would fill a suburban Atlanta Republican seat. The special election for this seat was held on April 18th. End Citizens United has recently stated that there are a few politicians they hope to play a key role in supporting through out the 2018 mid term elections.