In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned government restrictions placed on corporation and political spending. It also further established the belief that corporations can be treated as if there were individuals. Many feel this opened up unlimited spending aimed at influencing politics. As such, billions can be spent on influencing political agendas. With little transparency and accountability, corporations can change the balance of political power in ways that benefit them. End Citizens United is a political action committee with a mission to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision.
End Citizens United formed in 2015, and relies on grass roots donors for its funding and financial support. Their mission is to counter the actions of Citizens United and reform the nation’s campaign financing system. If big influential money can be removed from politics, candidates that favor political reform can get elected.
End Citizens United works to elect candidates that favor political reform. Getting unlimited money out of politics is a top organizational priority for End Citizens United. The organization also promotes campaigns and ballot measures aimed at passing laws that favor pro-reform.
End Citizens United does not, at present, work with Republicans even though some Republicans and Independents agree that political spending is way out of control. Congressional Republican leadership is a major cause that stands in the way of overturning the Supreme Court’s decision. As such, the group looks to overwhelmingly support candidates who champion real finance reform. So far, the group has received around 136,000 donations that average a little under $15.
Citizens United wiped out a century of campaign finance laws when the Supreme Court ruled that campaign spending was a form of speech, and thus, protected by the First Amendment. Corporations were already considered to be “persons,” with many of the same rights as people who vote. The high court ruled that stopping corporations from spending money to defeat candidates, regardless of the amount, was unconstitutional.
End Citizens United has their work cut out for them. As long as there is big money that is able to influence politics, it will affect every level of government. A person can always visit End Citizen United’s website to learn more about the organization.
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