The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case of 2010 was monumental, to say the least. The decision created an epic amount of controversy within political groups who argue the decision does nothing to stop campaign finance corruption, instead, it promotes it, as donors cannot only donate large amounts of money but may also remain anonymous.
— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) May 16, 2018
While the long-term effects of the case are being studied, the short-term implications have already been observed, and the outlook is disturbing.
Not only did Citizen’s United grant the right to free speech to large corporations, it basically stripped the government of the power to place limitations on corporate influence in elections.
Additionally, since corporations are often multinational conglomerates whose foreign interests are vast, many have feared this combination of business and politics does not bode well for the future of Democracy in our country.
This historic case, that has sparked so much controversy has the power to change our political landscape and public discourse for future generations. Like its predecessors, Roe vs. Wade and Brown vs. The Board of Education, Citizen’s United has the ability to permanently change American culture.
That is why End Citizen’s United, a political action committee (PAC), is dedicated to fighting against the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. End Citizens United along with other political organizations opposing the Citizen’s United ruling is determined to help counter the political effects of corrupt campaign finance laws.
Founded in March 2015, End Citizens United has been committed to the ending of the Citizens United ruling and the implementation of stricter campaign finance laws. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the End Citizens United organization has allied itself with organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the League of Women Voters, and the Center for Political Accountability, to help eliminate the corporate hold on politics.
While some conservative critics have tried to downplay the severe repercussions of the Citizen’s United ruling, consequences of the ruling were evident almost immediately after the ruling. During the months after the Supreme Court’s decision, the increased number of attack ads against left-leaning political parties and candidates on television and radio gave the Republican party an advantage over other party affiliations.
The result of this campaign strategy, a red wave of Republican wins during the 2010 mid-term elections. An election season that was filled with wealthy conservative backers who overwhelmingly vote Republican, promote Republican agendas and fund Republican initiatives.
The PAC American Crossroads formed by a former aide to George W. Bush, Karl Rove, who was able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in support of Republican candidates in a short period of time.
End Citizen’s United is dedicated to fighting this corruption using a two-pronged strategy. The first is to support Democratic candidates who have pledged to improve finance law, sign a “no corporate PAC,” pledge, and hold those political incumbents who have taken money from PACS accountable.
The other strategy is to use grassroots campaign fundraising in order to support candidates who support End Citizen’s United’s mission, and the establishment of a constitutional amendment that would clearly define the difference between individual citizen’s Free Speech rights, and corporation Free Speech rights.
End Citizens United is gearing up for a tremendous 2018 mid-term election season and hopes to raise $35 million so that the organization can support dozens of candidates across the country with the same mission to take money out of politics.
End Citizen United’s Social Media: twitter.com/stopbigmoney?lang=en