I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the 2018 midterms are the most important election of our lifetimes. The American government seems to have gone off the rails and it’s all being fueled by a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United. That’s why I am paying close attention to the Senate race between good-looking upstart Beto O’Rourke and longtime GOP blob fish Ted Cruz.
End Citizens United has endorsed Beto O’Rourke. That’s because the political action committee agrees with me that Citizens United is the worst Supreme Court decision in history. The Democratic challenger from El Paso is committed to fighting against this disastrous decision.
Citizens United is a conservative political action group that started the entire ordeal back in 2008. They attempted to run a 90-minute fake documentary about Hillary Clinton while she debated the soon-to-be President Barack Obama during the presidential primary. The FEC denied them and they filed suit.
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The Supreme Court took their case and it shocked of the entire political world. The conservative court then ruled a 5-4 that Citizens United has the right to air the documentary and they did not have to divulge who financed the film. This essentially means that corporations have First Amendment protections and they use cash to speak.
End Citizens United was formed right after the decision came out. It is an organization that grassroots members are only the source of funds. They, like me, think that corporations are not people. I don’t think that’s a crazy thing to say out loud. And they are fighting to mitigate the decision’s terrible implications across the political spectrum.
That’s why End Citizens United has endorsed Beto O’Rourke. He has promised End Citizens United that he will fight the Supreme Court decision in the Senate and he’s on board for a long-term solution.
Unlike Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke does not take any money from corporations to fuel his campaign. Instead, he takes small donations from individual donors so that he will be in the pockets of the voter when he heads to the Senate in 2019. Cruz, on the other hand, takes money from giant businesses that may not even be based in Texas.
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In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. case. This changed the entire landscape of elections in America. It led to the idea of corporations being considered as people. This way billionaires along with special interests, had the legal way to spend money that was unlimited, and untraceable, in America’s elections. There was no accountability or any transparency. It allowed them to tip the political power in their favor. This was not all. There is much more to it.
End Citizens United was established on 1st March 2015. It is a Political Action Committee. The funding is by the grassroots donors. The aim is to counter all the disastrous effects that have been brought about by Citizens United. This way the campaign finance system needs to be reformed.
End Citizens United will have to fight back the elected officials, several candidates, voters, as well as the press. These grassroots donors are fighting back against these billionaires who are trying to buy the US elections. This will help to build a broader coalition that will work towards campaign finance reform. The aim is to pressurize the lawmakers so that they take action.
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The mission of End Citizens United is to stop this Big Money being spent in politics leading to the rigging of the political system. It will be achieved by electing those who are campaign finance reform champions. Another step will be to pass various measures for the state ballot. Besides, this issue will have to be raised in the national conversation too. This working in partnership with the champions will help in overturning Citizens United. It will end this unlimited as well as undisclosed money being used in the US politics.
End Citizens United is going to work towards its mission by electing those candidates who are pro-reform. Also, it will raise this issue of money in politics by making it a national priority. It will also work with the ballot measure campaigns and help to pass various pro-reform laws in all the states. The concept of grassroots membership will be used for demonstrating political power on this subject of big money being used in US politics.
In this way, End Citizens United will be reducing the corruption in the US electoral system. This PAC is supporting Democrats who are taking part in key races. All these candidates favor the meaningful reform to the campaign finance system. They will be fighting to overturn Citizens United. End Citizens United stands up for those candidates who are unhappy over this attack by corporates, the special interests along with mega-donors, their networks of Super PACs as well as the dark money groups.
End Citizens United is supporting Democrats as they are leading this fight against Citizens United.