The Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 on the case Citizens United versus F.E.C completely changed the dynamics of American elections. It also established on a legal basis the conception that “corporations are people.” This created an opening for corporations with special interests and billionaires who could now spend unlimited money on election campaigns with zero transparency.
End Citizen United was formed to fight back against this Supreme Court ruling. They are funded from the grassroots and are completely dedicated to reversing the damage done by Citizens United and reforming the finance system for campaigns. The movement aims to show that the people of the country are willing to fight back against the might of powerful corporations. The long-term plan is that they will build a coalition that will work towards systemic reform in campaign finance by applying pressure on lawmakers and forcing them to take action.
End Citizens United, a political action committee established with the aim of overturning Citizens United, was formed in 2015. The committee spent around $25.5 million in the previous general election. Tiffany Muller, the executive director of the group, said that they are planning to focus on independent voters who feel money in politics is a top issue. The group stated their aim of spending millions more in the 2018 midterms for Democrats who willing to support their cause of bringing reform in campaign finance.
End Citizens United also announced their 20 targets which include Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Mimi Walters. All of them figure on a watchlist as the most vulnerable House members from the state of California, and Twitter.com.
While there have always been political action committees that focused on campaign finance, End Citizens United is different as they plan to address the situation politically by getting into the process of the election of candidates themselves and then changing the existing laws. They aim to back candidates who will stand against Citizens United and excessive corporate funding.
Even though the group hopes to enact reforms in campaign finance on both the state and local level, their primary objective is to pass a constitutional amendment that will overturn the Supreme Court 2010 ruling. To achieve this, they will need to win the vote of two-thirds of the House and the Senate, as well as get ratification by three-fourths of states, and https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/end-citizens-united-jobs.
It is an uphill climb, but End Citizens United are devoted to their goals and are planning to take it step-by-step. Reports from the Federal Election Commission are showing that they have already collected $11.5 million as of October last year. With such huge amounts of funding and a clear plan for the future elections, the movement of End Citizens United is looking pretty strong for now, and more information click here.