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End Citizen United: Bringing Politics Back To The People

Since it was established in March 2015, End Citizens United (ECU) has been relentless in its support for progressive political candidates and groups sharing similar views as ECU.

Though ECU started with the aim of ending the notorious 2010 Supreme Court decision that gave too much leeway to individuals, corporations, and unions with deep pockets in the political process, the struggle has now gone beyond overturning that decision.

In the last couple of years, funds, within the limits of the law, are regularly channeled to help certain politicians in their quest to win elections.

Supporting Jason Crow

ECU, along with other like-minded PACs, have thrown their support behind Democratic challenger Jason Crow in the 2018 6th Congressional District elections.

This is in a bid to unseat the fifth-term Republican Congressman from Aurora, Mike Coffman. So far, Jason Crow is in pole position to win the Democratic Party primaries.

Crow is clearly the favorites of political groups with progressive leanings as shown by the list of his top donors. Apart from ECU, other PACs favorable to Jason’s candidacy include, Serve America Victory Fund, Blue Rising, and Progressive Choices PAC.

So far this effort has seen the Attorney Jason Crow haul in more than $400,000 in campaign funds.

Going Against Speaker Paul Ryan

A major news to recently come out of ECU is the public backing given to Randy Bryce. Last month the ECU publicly announced that it is supporting Randy Bryce for Congress.

His opponent is no less a personality than Speaker Paul Ryan. This public backing by ECU has further raised the profile of Bryce and made him a very formidable candidate in the Wisconsin congressional race next year.

Backing Randy Bryce was a logical choice for ECU. Over the years, Bryce has made a name for himself consistently speaking out against the ills of Washington politics. He has come out strongly in support of reforms that would put the people first in the nation’s politics.

Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is a known Washington player beholden to big corporations, interest groups and extremely rich individuals. That has made it impossible for him to think of the people first. His politics are too far-rightist to bring the change clamored by ECU and organizations with similar interests.

Battle Ground 2018

In next year’s election, ECU hopes their advocacy would ultimately bring an end to money as an important factor in politics.

The first step is to support and help the election of many progressives who share these views to Congress. Then the process of lobbying for laws that would mitigate the impact of the Citizen United ruling would begin.

End Citizen United is not taking anything for granted. This is why in just two years of existence, ECU is now one of the most well-organized groups with an articulate vision to root out vested interests in politics.

ECU’s strong social media presence indicates they work hard at engaging with all like-minded individuals and groups no matter their locations.

The Facebook page has over 300k likes and is constantly updated with relevant information. The strong social media presence is also obvious on Twitter. Almost 40k followers and over 4k tweets indicate an organization determined to engage with all segments of the society.

For ECU, the battle for the soul of the nation’s politics is one that must be fought non-stop. Eternal vigilance and consistent tweaks to strategies are central to this battle. Watch:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpLmnN_7TxPdpGODs-JXxg

 

Grassroots Equality

Since the Supreme Court of the United States voiced its opinion in 2010 on the Case of Citizen’s United vs. the Federal Election Commission many Political Action Committees have come into being. These committees on LinkedIn are often created to support politicians in their endeavors to gain election or reelection. The problem in this is that there exist loopholes that allow for the existence of persons who donate to the groups to be anonymous in their contributions.

Some political action committees such as End Citizens United are attempting to overturn the ruling that allows money contributions to be considered a form of free speech and nominally granting these groups personhood in respect to human rights. These PACs are involved in helping democratic candidates whose will espouse campaign reform to get elected. The problem on endcitizensunited.org is that overturning a Supreme Court decision is not all that easy. As David Cole wrote in The Atlantic April 2016 issue Supreme Court decisions are most likely to be overturned when the citizens show through state and local policies what they feel should be the law of the land.

By working at a more grassroots level in favoring candidates who are favoring campaign reforms that will call for transparency in all contributions above $5000 to political action groups and to non profits who engage in political campaigns; End Citizen United is attempting to combat “dark money” interests in the United States campaign finance system. They maintain while corporations are legal entities they are not people. This would allow for corporations to still be able to enter into contracts and to be sued as a legal entity instead of having to find the person that heads that entity. End Citizens United is advocating that a constitutional amendment should be passed that declares the lack of personhood of corporations when it comes to political campaigns. They support the legislation of Montana Senator Jon Tester that calls for the end of corporate personhood through Constitutional Amendment, The Sunlight for unaccountable non-profits (Sun) act, which would compel these non profits to disclose contributions over $5000, and the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act which would require Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance reports on endcitizensunited.org; which they believe will increase transparency and ultimately save taxpayers money.

While End Citizens United’s primary goal is to achieve a constitutional amendment that declares that “Corporations are not people.” through helping people that support and espouse such campaign reform. Their assistance in campaigns of senators and other politicians will work towards a grassroots support of campaign reform and in keeping the need for that reform in the eyes and minds of the people to continue that grassroots support.