The one thing that was different about the just concluded elections was the level of involvement of the political action committees. Groups that had not been heard of in years came out of the woodwork to support their candidates of choice, and a lot of money went into the campaigns. End Citizens United was one of the PACs that were deeply involved in the campaigns. By the time the campaigns were heating up in 2015, they had already raised $2 million, and before the cycle ended, they had raised more than $30 million, which they used to support the candidates and initiatives of their choice.
Well, not the campaigns are behind us, and the winner has taken office, but the group is not about to stop their advocacy, they have indicated that their next frontier is changing an amendment that was made to the constitution in 2010, which led to super PACs.
The decision that was made in 2010 has been interfering a lot with the politics of the day by introducing a lot of dark money to the process. The only way they can effect change in the sector is by collecting more than 1 million signatures and presenting them to the Supreme Court. So Far, they have managed to collect 300,000 signatures. The group has made a liaison with the group that was campaigning for Hillary and is known as ready for Hillary to try to get more signatures. This group has more than 4 million members, and if they get signatures from them, they will manage to move the motion.
Many other PACs were part of the campaigns, but according to Richard Carbo, his group is interested in more than just getting their candidates in office. The fact that they were looking for changes that would end dirty money politics set them apart from all the other groups. He stated that he understood the complexity of the goal that they had set for themselves, especially since the last amendment that has been made to the constitution was in 1992, but he was confident they would make it.
On the other hand, Rick Hasen was looking at the group’s ambition with a dose of reality. He said that even if the group raised $100 million, getting an audience from the Supreme Court would not be that easy. He, however, added that what the court was doing in letting people know about the processes carried out by the Supreme Court was commendable.
The PAC is based in DC and has a staff of only five members. The group may seem to have an uphill task in getting an audience from the Supreme Court, but there is a chance that they could get this amendment.