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Why Organizations Like End Citizens United Are Needed In Today’s Political Climate

In 2010, according to many, the Supreme Court made a terrible decision when they ruled in favor of Citizens United and opened up doors for corporations to purchase elections. Since the decision was handed down, Americans have been seeing the long term affects of the decision, watching the political process evolve in the process.

The good news is: many organizations have popped up to fight against the decision. One of these organizations in End Citizens United, and they are working to remove politicians who make use of these new election laws. End Citizens United, or ECU, supports democratic candidates that choose not to accept large amounts of money for corporations. Over the past few years, End Citizens United has seen great progress in their goals. Paul Ryan, one of the primary targets of End Citizens United recently announced that he will step down from his Senate seat. Other Republican politics, like Ted Cruz, will probably be unseated in the upcoming midterm election.

The ruling itself stems from an anti-Hillary group in 2008 wishing to show a feature length anti-Hillary campaign ad. When the Federal Election Committee requested that Citizens United, the anti-Hillary group, shared who funded and developed the film, Citizens United refused. At the time, refusing to disclose who created a political ad was against the law.

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The results of the ruling were made apparent right away. People realized that now they can donate large amounts of money without revealing their identity, opening up the possibility for people to privately back controversial issues.

The ruling clearly favored the Republican Party, who are known to have ties with billionaires like the Koch brothers and Betsy DeVos according to usatoday.com. These billionaires were able to secretly support political ads that would have previously caused them negative press.

One instance of the Citizens United ruling ruining our election process was during the 2010 midterm election. Karl Rove, the former adviser of President Bush, was able to nearly instantaneously raise millions of dollars in order to support Republican Senators during election season. This was one of the reasons Obama’s second term became a stale mate between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch.

See: https://whyy.org/articles/end-citizens-united-announces-35m-campaign-next-year/

How End Citizens United Hopes to Amend the Constitution

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.

End Citizens United to reverse the “Citizens United” decision

End Citizens United is a political action group that came together in August 2015. The group’s goal is to pass a constitutional amendment and reverse the decision of the Supreme Court “Citizens United.” The political action group raised more than $25 million and over 4, 000 people have signed the petition for the amendment on endcitizensunited.org. End Citizens United publicly announced its support of 11 Democratic candidates among which are Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

There are many political action groups on Facebook, and many are so similar that they barely differentiate from each other. So what makes End Citizens United different ad stand out from the rest? End Citizens United, according to communications director Richard Carbo, stands out for reasons such as the type of persons they endorse. More specifically, they back candidates who are in favor of the finance reform of the campaign and will stand against the Citizens United decision, but they also support candidates who are under attack by a number of dark-money groups. The End Citizens United group is planning on setting up a way to support its candidates by creating an independent expenditure arm through television adds, polls, direct mailing, etc.

Along with its main objective, End Citizens United also hopes to help enact financial reforms for campaigns both locally and in the state area. However, their main objective has received some kind of skepticism by campaign finance experts. One of reason is that America hasn’t passed a constitutional amendment since 1992. The notion feels slightly foreign to partisans and to some of the public. While some stay by those beliefs, others differing opinions on the matter. Rick Hasen is a campaign finance regulation expert on endcitizensunited.org and a professor of political science and law at the UC-Irvine School of Law. He states that groups like End Citizens United are necessary and very important no matter if they manage to raise enough money to pass the constitutional amendment or not. Hasen states that those groups serve a purpose of making sure there is a dialogue between the public of the United States of America and the Supreme Court. That dialogue keeps the expectations and the needs of the public known to the members of the Supreme Court which is extremely for the stability of a country. This correlates to another reason that Rick Hasen provides, and that is the high importance of the passing of better laws or, plainly said, to not make things worse. Groups like End Citizens United are much needed because they do provide awareness between these two vital parts of the United States – the Supreme Court and the vast public. Moreover, the access to $30 million in fundraising can create enough ad buy to achieve their ultimate goal.