End Citizens United has been making quite a name for itself since its inception in 2015. Created to fight against large, conservative, political funding groups that pay for elections to go a certain way, this organization is financed completely by grassroots donations. As their name suggests, End Citizens United is dedicated to getting rid of Citizens United, but their work does not stop there. This organization also campaigns to get pro-reform candidates elected. While most of these candidates have been Democrats so far, the organization states that they will back any candidate that is willing to fight for significant campaign finance reform, including Independent and Republican candidates. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
Another service that this grassroots organization provides for the American public is unbiased polls during key elections, such as the upcoming 2018 Texas senatorial election. An End Citizens United poll showed that Ted Cruz, the incumbent senator, was leading only by a narrow margin of 45 to 37 percent. This election is one that has people all across the United States watching; Ted Cruz is running against newcomer Beto O’Rourke, who has virtually zero name recognition. What seemed to be an easy race for Cruz in a Republican stronghold has become a much closer race than anyone could have imagined. Not only is the margin rapidly closing between the two candidates, but O’Rourke is seemingly doing the impossible. Based on the End Citizens United poll, 61% of Texas voters don’t know enough about O’Rourke to form a strong opinion on him, but 49% of Texas voters view Cruz in an unfavorable light. Beto O’Rourke has also been relying on a largely grassroots campaign; visiting every single county in Texas to get his name out to the public. His refusal to take on donations from any PAC is a testament to the power of grassroots political work. This refusal is echoed in other organizations like End Citizens United, that work tirelessly to prove that it is possible to make political change without accepting money from large conservative organizations.