End Citizens United (ECU) is an organization that seeks to provide a financial base for practicing and aspiring politicians. Its aim is to help such leaders raise finances for their campaigns from a clean source. The move is to avert the trend of having the free space occupied by tycoons who use their financial muscles to ride smoothly on democracy at the expense of better leaders whose financial capacity is limited. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich was today endorsed by ECU in recognition his tireless efforts in sanitizing campaign finance.
Heinrich is known for his fight against the infiltration of excess money in political election campaigns. He is on record working to dignify majority of hardworking citizens whom he represents. According to him, unlimited money in politics is out rightly a form of rigging that instills leaders who don’t have interests of their citizenry at heart. Undisclosed finances are a characteristic of corporate and not democracy. He reiterates that the will of the people cannot be bought with money. He seeks to correct the idea of commercializing democracy by attaching on it a very high price tag beyond the reach of many.
His endorsement in his senatorial re-election bid is in line with the aspiration and objectives of the End Citizens United. This important and timely recognition will not only aid him in raising campaign funds but will also serve to instill civic education about democracy and its principle such as a free and fair election. Promoting financial discipline in politics among contestants is a sure way of enhancing good interplay and competition among candidates. Heinrich aspires to have cooperates banned from funding individual and political parties during election campaigns. The rationale is that cooperates are businesses that will later strike deals with those they financed and recover their money. If corporate financing is avoided, it will rid the political space of corruption.
End Citizens United works by connecting its endorsed contestants it with its members to raise campaign money through small donations. It creates a huge base of many donors to ensure that they can raise amounts of money that are adequate for a win despite the limited contribution. The grass root funding also serves as a campaign tool that not only contributes finances for campaigns but also creates a strong support base. Besides, it exposes corporate funded individuals with special interests once they are elected.
Through this approach, this organization aspires to help elect leaders in the Congress who will instigate campaign finance reforms through legislation and rid the political arena of millions of undisclosed-source and dirty money. The organization is fast growing because in its two years of existence it has registered more than three hundred thousand donors.