End Citizens United PAC formed on March 1, 2015, in direct opposition to the citizens united ruling. This ruling by the supreme court in 2010 allowed corporations to spend money to support or denounce individual candidates in election. Corporations cannot fund the candidates directly but can support them in other ways including ads. The ruling could mean that corporations could give money to candidates that act in their favor. Some worry that this will lead to corporations buying the elected officials.
End Citizens United is fighting back against this ruling. They do this in many ways. One way is supporting candidates that turn away money tied to corporations, and have a history of voting for measures to stop the flow of money in D.C. One way that they support candidates is to raise grassroots money to help their campaigns. It helps combat money given to other candidates through big corporations. ECU expects to raise around 35 million for the 2018 midterm elections. Another benefit of raising money in this grassroots way is that candidates connect with people in their states and districts all pushing toward a common goal.
Another way that End Citizens United is fighting back is to raise the issue of money in politics. They are calling out people who’s campaigns are breaking laws. An example of this is when ECU filed a complaint against Florida governor Rick Scout for illegal use of a super PAC to help fund his campaign. A super PAC can raise money for a candidate, but it must not work directly with any campaign. End Citizens United has collected evidence that shows that Scout named as the Chairman of the super Pact in January. They also found evidence that Scout and the Pact had the shared the same address in February. Another piece of evidence points to the fact that the pact and Rick Scout were both working on a fundraiser with Jenny Rucker.
End Citizens United has become an important player in American Politics. They show that you can raise good funds through grassroots measures. They also show that they will not stand by and allow campaigns to be illegally founded. ECU is still pushing towards ending the ruling that allowed corporations to have so much power in politics.
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The U.S Supreme court plays an essential judicial role and from time to time, cases it has ruled have shifted political grounds permanently in the country. In June 2010, Citizens United Vs. Federal Election Committee(FEC) case, the U.S Supreme court overruled a federal court’s ruling which was in favor of the FEC upending decades of campaign finance case law. It withdrew the government’s power to limit the actions of corporations that can affect election election outcomes. The ruling was profoundly controversial and sent shock waves across the political system in the country. Political organizations have been formed to try and overturn the verdict and counter its immediate political implications.
End Citizens United is one such organization that was founded on March 1st, 2015 to spearhead this fight. Its headquarters is in Washington D.C and its goal is to overturn the End Citizens United ruling. Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director, has steered the organization from its formation to a force to recognize having raised $25 million in funding in the 2016 election cycle. She previously served as the deputy political director to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign. Matt Burgess, the deputy president, has a vast experience in managing campaigns and advocacy. Adan Bozzi, Anne Feldman and Andrew Laskar bring in their different expertise into the team making it a formidable leadership team. Its board of directors form its policy leadership and comprises well-experienced professionals in the political field like Ron Barber, Simone L.Ward and Jessica Vanden Berg.
End citizens United aims to achieve its goal by pushing for campaign finance law reforms and legalization of state ballot measures that minimize the impact of corporate funding in politics. It employs a two-point strategy in working towards its goal. First is to support candidates who are in support of improving campaign finance laws and the carrying out specific efforts to diminish Citizens United. It seeks to raise funds at the grassroots level mostly through the digital platform to counterbalance the large sums of money poured into campaigns by corporate donors. It mostly works with Democratic candidates as the party leadership supports its course.
End Citizens United is becoming a force to recon with in the 2018 election cycle having already endorsed 130 candidates and an increasing grassroots donor base. It aims to raise $35 million from grassroots funding. Anticipated political phenomena like the Democratic “wave” will surely advance End Citizens United efforts.
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