End Citizens United Commitment to Channel Huge Amounts of Money to End Dirty Money in American Politics

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A newly formed political action committee, End Citizens United is committed to campaign for finance reforms. The goal of this PAC is to end dirty money in the United States politics through reversing the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling. The committee is devoted to channeling millions of dollars to House and Senate Democratic aspirants. End Citizens United was formed in March 2016 and raised over $2 million. End Citizens United had envisioned contributing between $25 million and $30 million during the 2016 election season.

 

The PAC saw over 325,000 people signing its petition demanding Congress to reverse the Citizens United ruling. This number was expected to rise after the group partnered with “Ready for Hillary,” to reach out over four million people registered on the email list.

 

Success Strategy

 

Other PACs focusing on reversing the Citizens United ruling have failed in the past. However, End Citizens United is leaving no stone unturned to achieve their goal. Firstly, the group is endorsing and backing Democratic candidates who seem to be in support for finance reforms. Secondly, the group is planning to set an independent arm to financially support their preferred candidates through direct mailers, polling and television ads. With all these plans in place, End Citizens United is hoping to win consent from two-thirds of the Senate and House as well as ratification from three-fourths of states to amend the constitution.

 

According to financial regulation experts, groups like End Citizens United are essential in keeping the Supreme Court and other political actors on toes to prevent them from making things worse.

 

Why Back Democrats

 

Although some independent and Republican candidates concur with End Citizens United on matters concerning financial reforms, Republican leadership in Congress are against the idea. The PAC remains a force to reckon in United Citizens elections given that it received donations from 136,000 people just months after it was formed.

 

End Citizens United To Raise $ 35 Million

 

Within the first three months of 2017, End Citizens United collected over $4million and is committed to raising $35 million by next year’s midterm elections. This amount is thought to have a bigger influence in the 2018 election given that the PAC raised $25 million in 2016 elections. The group boasts over 40,000 new contributors, which means that realizing $35 million is possible. According to the PAC’s president, Tiffany Muller, the donors are angered are ready to fight back.

 

As a show of their devotion towards ending dirty money, End Citizens United raised over $500,000 in support of Democrat Jon Ossof, a Congress candidate in Georgia. This momentum has raised eyebrows of some campaign-finance watchdogs. So far End Citizens United has collaborated with some Republican senators who received funding from Betsy DeVos. This collaboration made the Senate vote 50-50 on Betsy confirmation.

 

 

The Movement To End Citizens United

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In 2010 The United States Supreme Court completely upturned the future of American elections. It’s ruling, by a 5 to 4 vote, said that corporate spending on elections is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment. In the ruling government cannot keep unions or corporations from spending on or against political candidates for office. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justice’s Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts. The dissent against this ruling was written by Justice Stevens and joined by Justice’s Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.

Today there is no accountability and no transparency is who is giving money and to whom. The ruling opened the doorway for corporations and billionaires, such as the Koch Brothers, who seek to control political discourse in America through the vast sums of money that they have acquired. The Supreme Court ruling established the notion that corporations are people and as a person have a right to free speech.

In March 2015 a Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed to fight back against this ruling; End Citizens United. This PAC, which is supported by grassroots donors, seeks to reform the United States campaign finance system and counter terrible effects that the ruling has had on the country. Through their efforts End Citizen United is forming an opposition to the ruling and pressuring lawmakers to address the situation and through legislation return the political process to the people. The three-fold mission of the PAC are to elect pro-reform candidates, to raise the issue of money in political to the level of a national discussion on it, and to use their membership to show political power on this issue.

The main group that End Citizens United supports are Democrats. The reason for this is that, even if some rank and file Republicans don’t support the ruling, the Republican Leadership does because they are major recipients of the inflow of money from billionaires and corporations. As such Republican Leadership is preventing any type of reform from proceeding due to their own selfish interests. As such End Citizens United is supporting Democrats, especially Democratic leaders, who are seeking to produce legislation that will produce meaningful change in how money influences elections.

The Executive Director of End Citizens United is Tiffany Muller, who has had a long history of being involved in politics. She as been a member of the Topeka, Kansas City Council, having a position on the staff of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, serving as Cheif of Staff on Capitol Hill, and other political positions. Another member of the leadership is Political Director Jody Murphy who has worked for the last 10 years with legislative caucuses at the state level.

Learn more about End Citizens United on their LinkedIn page.