Founded in 2015, End Citizens United was initially seen as a PAC developed for a single purpose but is now showing itself to be a group with its eye on developing a powerful stranglehold on the need to protect the election finance regulations at all levels. Operating as a traditional PAC, which means the group limits donations to just $5,000 allows the group to endorse candidates such as Hillary Clinton without the need to kowtow to the influence of wealthy donors; the work of End Citizens United continues as the 2018 Midterm Elections draw closer with the aim of the PAC being to bring election finance reform-friendly Democrats into Congress.
One area of great importance to End Citizens United in 2017 is the consistent threat being made by Republican lawmakers to one of the least controversial pieces of election finance regulations introduced in the 20th-century. The Johnson Amendment provides a clear separation between Church, charitable bodies, and the state in the form of a ban on tax-exempt group providing funding for candidates in elections; introduced to Congress by Lyndon Johnson before he became President of the U.S. the bill passed largely without opposition. Any tax-exempt group found to have provided funding for political candidates or parties risks losing their tax status following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.
End Citizens United have been monitoring the attacks on the Johnson Amendment for a number of months dating back to the arrival of President Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential election cycle. As a candidate, President Trump vowed to overturn the Johnson Amendment but has yet to bring any legislation to Congress; knowing the amendment is one of the least controversial in the U.S. the President has since signed an Executive Order calling on the IRS not to prosecute Church groups found to have flaunted the Johnson Amendment.
As the fight to protect the Johnson Amendment continues the problem of continued attacks by conservative politicians has been highlighted by End Citizens United President, Tiffany Muller. The recently introduced tax reform bill of 2017 has included within its many pages a clause exempting religious groups from the Johnson Amendment which would cause major problems for many political groups over the course of the coming years. End Citizens United has made many attempts to fight for the financial election reforms which the PAC hopes to use to stem the tide of continuing attacks on the rights of political groups to remain free from the undue political influence of major financial donors.