One of the things that were different about the last general elections was the level of involvement of PAC and other groups that advocate for social justice. Some organizations that have been thought to be inactive for decades seemed to have come out of the woodwork to have their opinion heard in the entire process. Even more important was the stiff competition which characterized the presidential election and the shock waves that hit after the Republican Candidate won. One PAC, End Citizens United has been very active before, during and after the elections and their ultimate goal is to have the constitutional amended. The PAC supported some candidates in the Democratic Party, but now that the elections are over, they are focusing on other issues.
One of the main issues that the group has been focusing on was the amendment of the constitution, which made it possible for Super PACs to get involved in the electoral process by funding the campaigns of their preferred candidate. The group feels that this move has been a negative impact on politics because it has made it possible for illegal money from sources such as the Koch brothers to make its way into the political scene, which in turn affects the objectivity of the decisions made by the leaders elected into power. The group has been raising funds to support an amendment to the constitution which will drive these super PACs out of the political scene.
It is therefore interesting to note that the group is making quite some big money of its own. When they started the bid to raise funds for awareness and other political activities, few believed that they could make the amount they needed to kick the process off. However, in the first three months of 2017, they have collected $4 million, and they are projecting that they could raise more than $35 million by the time of the congress election mid-terms in 2018. The amount is a significant increase from the $25 million that they had managed to raise before the last election.
Tiffany Muller, the president of the PAC and also its executive director stated that more than 100,000 people have contributed to the fund, 40,000 of them being first-time contributors. She added that people are angry about the Trump win and the manner in which he has polarized the country. They feel that the only way to hit back at Trump is by making a contribution to the PAC.
The bid to have the constitution amended may seem a little over-ambitious for the group because they need a million signatures to get a hearing from the Supreme Court. One thing that is sure about this team is that they are making a positive impact in the community and that is the most important aspect.