The Way to End Citizens United’s Electoral Corporate Finance Laws

The decision of the US Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010 led to controversial debate and unexpected repercussions on the US democracy especially elections. The case began in 2008 where Citizens United wanted permission to air an hour long advert attacking then primaries presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) found the case wanting as Citizens United did not say who funded their political adverts as per the federal laws. Citizens United took the case to the federal court which upheld FEC ruling.

However, in 2010, two years after the primaries were over and Barack Obama had been chosen the president, the Supreme Court overturned FEC’s decision. The effects were shocking to many, and it led to active efforts by political organizations to counter the effects of the ruling as others attempted to look for a legal way to overturn it. As a result, numerous political action committees (PACs) were started, and in 2015 End Citizens United joined the fight. It derives its name and mission directly from the ruling, to overturn Citizens United.

The ruling allowed large, anonymous and unlimited corporate campaign donations, as well as increased personal attack through television and radio adverts during campaigns. It further removed the aspect of responsibility as donors had nothing to be accountable for especially the negative and annoying ads.

The ruling also handed Republicans an upper hand because they have a good rapport with the economic elites who have a good stake in most corporations in the US. They include the Koch brothers and the Walton family who have half the rights at Wal-Mart.

End Citizens United has two primary goals. Develop and execute mechanisms aimed at overturning Citizens United, and support political candidates who demonstrated commitment towards campaign finance laws improvement. Most of the Republicans do not support such endeavors, leading to End United Citizens to be more inclined to Democratic candidates.

Through small-donor grassroots fundraising, mostly on digital means, End Citizens United is able to account for its campaign systems. The funding technique helps to pull individuals together into a coalition with people towards fighting for a common goal. As people engage at the local level, they feed the countrywide system, which in turn comes up with ways to accelerate local activism.

Formed by a team of experienced political experts who are savvy, End Citizens United leadership is well capable of achieving its mission. The president and executive officer, Tiffany Muller have been two-time chief of staff for different Congress member, while executive vice president Matt Burges is an expert in advocacy and campaigns having worked at numerous senatorial and gubernatorial elections.

The Keys to Success for End Citizens United

End Citizens United is a political action committee that has made their mark on the United States government as a force seeking to make campaign finance reform a reality. End Citizens United is being run by Tiffany Muller, the President of the PAC, and she has been helping to funnel in the passion of angered voters who are disturbed by the election of Donald Trump to the White House. Let’s take a look at their history and what End Citizens United is doing in order to make a difference in the congressional elections that 2018 will bring.

End Citizens United, as you can tell from their name, is focused on introducing to Washington D.C. a constitutional amendment that will challenge the Supreme Court ruling in regards to the conservative group, Citizens United. You’d have to go back to 2008 to see when Citizens United started to chip away at voting rights in the United States. Bopp had initially made an argument to Federal judges that Citizens United should be allowed to upload unlabeled propaganda videos during the Democratic events. When this failed, Bopp returned to the Supreme Court in order to argue that corporate donations are just an extension of a company’s ‘freedom of speech’. Bopp would inexplicably convince the Supreme Court of this argument and thus open the doors to dark money in the United States government.

Washington D.C. has always been beholden to special interests and corporate lobbyists but the 2010 ruling completely opened the doors and the floodgates. Political legislators began to receive massive donations from millionaire and billionaire donors and soon every politician seemed to have their own special allegiances, thus subverting the voice of the American people. The election of Donald Trump, as odd as it was, can pretty much be traced back to the floodgates of special interests coming to Washington D.C.

In order for End Citizens United to be successful in their mission they need to work hand in hand with everyday Americans in order to render out some real change in the government. That is why End Citizens United is relying on a grassroots campaign to prepare for the 2018 elections. The average donor to End Citizens United is giving just $12 and there is a donation cap limit to prevent special interests from hijacking the goal of the political action committee.

If End Citizens United wants to be successful they’ll need to help several progressive politicians score seats during the upcoming elections. End Citizens United recently backed Democrat Doug Jones in his run against the embattled Roy Moore for the Alabama State Senate seat. Doug Jones has made campaign finance reform a consistent part of his approach to politics over the past several years.

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