End Citizens United rose as a political action group in 2015 and is one of the most active PACs in the United States of America. The group has an ambitious goal of revoking the decision of the Supreme Court called Citizens United. Even though an amendment has not been passed in many a decade, End Citizens United is hopeful and believes they can succeed, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United.
Another goal of the political action group is to get rid of corruption in the politics of the United States of America. Said corruption has been spreading like wildfire since the presidential elections of 2017. Big Money in politics has everything to do with Citizens United. That decision allowed corporations to pour money into the campaigns of political candidates as of they are individuals. That makes it impossible to have a fair chance for every political candidate as the outcomes largely depend on who will get a company to dump their money on their pile. Corporations also became allowed to spend to prevent political candidates from being elected. US politics is fast becoming a corporate business less by money rather than values, and learn more about End Citizens United.
End Citizens United has large goals, and in order to accomplish them, the political action committee chooses to support political candidates that have a focus on campaign-finance reform. End Citizens United support the campaigns of their political candidates by fundraising money and running independent expenditures. The first year End Citizens United started operation, the political action group managed to raise as much as 25 million dollars in funding for the first election cycle. Since then, the figure has been growing rapidly. In 2016, the political action group surpassed it by ten million dollars. By the middle of 2017, End Citizens United had managed to raise 7.5 million in grassroot donations, and Youtube.com.
Over the past couple of years, End Citizens United has shown their support for more than a dozen political candidates. Some of the names include Jon Ossoff, Beto O’Rourke, Hilary Clinton, Zephyr Teachout, Elizabeth Warren, Maggie Hasa, Catherine Cortez Masto and several other. End Citizens United spend a total of $4.4 million on the last two, and https://www.amazon.com/End-Citizens-United-shirt-Democracy/dp/B01MFXNNXQ.
The plan for 2018 is simple. The political action group of End Citizens United will be supporting candidates that answer their expectations of a worthy political candidate and will be targeting vulnerable candidates that have been involved in corruption such as Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter. End Citizens United will be targeting two other candidates as well- Mimi Walters and Dana Rohrabacher.
In terms of raising money, the political action group of End Citizens United is planning to fund raise at least 35 million dollars for the election cycle of 2018. Considering the steady increase in raised money and the many new first-time contributions, End Citizens United should not have a problem accomplishing that goal.
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.
Your vote is more important than ever in fighting back big money undermining the political process. https://t.co/LBtmiD7rpo
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) November 27, 2017
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
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.