As part of the election season, End Citizens United recently announced that 111 Democratic candidates had won their respective primaries and advanced to the general election. One thing all these candidates have in common is that they’ve all agreed not to accept any money from corporate PACs. Additionally, they have found that 60 percent of candidates who are attempting to flip seats from red to blue have rejected campaign contributions from big corporations. From various congressional races in Ohio to the hotly-contested Senate race in Texas, Democrats have used their campaign finance reform stance to make Republican candidates appear inferior by comparison. This has caused them to look much more appealing to prospective voters in the general election. Read this article at The Atlantic.
This comes on the heels of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee exceeding their fundraising goal about three months prior to the general election. With over $75 million currently raised, the DCCC is expected to exceed a total sum of $100 million before November 6. End Citizens United is confident the candidates they’ve endorsed will find much success in the midterm elections. End Citizens United is an organization dedicated to overturning the decision of FEC vs. Citizens United and keeping big money out of politics. It is currently estimated that online contributions accounted for a third of the funds raised for the DCCC in the past year and a half.
The tide began to turn for the Democrats in the aftermath of the presidential election when candidates were able to flip six seats from blue to red. Now, with just under two months until the general election, the midterms appear to be looming large over Washington DC as people begin discussing the potential blue wave that may wash over our government. End Citizens United is confident that Democrats will be able to take back the Senate, House and, Congress. They’ve already spent over two and a half million dollars on campaign advertisements alone to show how confident they are in their abilities. However, only time will tell. So we wish them the best of luck in their campaigns and hope they are successful.
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The End Citizens United political action committee is off to a strong start in fundraising for the 2018 midterm elections. The group, which focuses on electing Democratic candidates to Congress who are in favor of campaign finance reform, raised $4 million in the first 3 months of 2017. The PAC expects to raise $35 million by the end of the year, both figures outperforming fundraising in 2016. The 100,000 people who have already donated in 2017 “feel like the system is rigged against them, where those who can write the biggest checks get the biggest say,” said Tiffany Muller, the PAC’s President and Executive Director.
End Citizens United was founded in 2015 in reaction to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs FEC. In a 5-4 vote the court found that, “political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.” Arguing that this ruling “rigs our system” and puts corporations above citizens, End Citizens United hopes to overturn this decision by electing lawmakers who will combat “big money” in politics.
The grassroots campaign focuses on electing Democrats running for Congress who are in favor of reform. John Ossoff, the Democrat who ran in Georgia’s special congressional election, received $500,000 in donations from members of the PAC. Despite Ossoff’s loss in the election, the PAC proved able to mobilize their members for pro-reform candidates. While the PAC acknowledges that there are Republican and Independent candidates who also agree with them on campaign finance reform, the challenge remains that the Republican leadership in Congress is unwilling to move on the issue. Electing Democrats passionate about campaign finance reform is the most effective way to remove money from politics.
This is not where their work ends, though. End Citizens United was active in the fight against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education as well. The PAC advised Republican senators whose campaigns received money from the DeVos family to remove themselves from voting on her nomination. DeVos and her family have reportedly given millions of dollars to over 20 current Republican Senators.
As End Citizens United and other groups lay in the wake of a surprising 2016 election, the PAC continues to work toward their goal of electing pro-reform Democrats to Congress. In Early July they announced a new round of endorsements for the 2018 elections, voicing their support for over 20 sitting Congressmen and Senators. The PAC will connect their 3 million members to political campaigns to ensure the reelection of their “proven-champions of reform,” as well as Democrats challenging Republican incumbents.
America has always been the land of the free. It is a country that for many years has attracted people from all over the globe in search of better opportunities. When you compare the United States of America with any other nation in the world, it proves to be superior by all means. For centuries, this great nation has relied on democracy to elect its leaders. However, a 2010 ruling took the country back to its dark days, times when ordinary citizens were subject to oppression.
The 2010 decision, although meant to do the American people a lot of good, has resulted in immense pain and suffering on the part of the citizens. It has provided a legal loophole where billionaires can take the electorate and entire nation at ransom without experiencing any consequences. Since the amendment allows for people with money to support campaigns of their most preferred candidates, selfish billionaires have seen the above as an opportunity to puppeteer leaders they might have helped bring to power so that they can benefit in one way or the other. In so doing, many people have become susceptible to poverty due to a struggling economy and underdevelopment. Without a voice to air their grievances, a group of disgruntled members of the public formed a PAC by the name of End Citizens United.
End Citizens United has been incredibly vibrant in fighting against rich people who have active engagements in matters regarding politics. With the group being controlled by five people, it has been able to subscribe new members to its course. Before 2016, the organization had collected $2 million from donations and advertisements. The money was used to support Democrats and other grass root leaders who have the best interests of the people at heart. The organization has also been passionate about bringing more of its members to power so that they can overrun puppet politicians. As of March 2017, the PAC had come up with $4 million, money sourced from members. The group plans to raise more than $35 million before the end of the year, so as to support its candidates during the 2018 Congress Elections. Currently, End Citizens United only takes money from its members since it wants to avoid a scenario where it falls prey to donors with devious means.
With its team of expert lawyers, End Citizens United is more of a risk to billionaires that have taken our country by the throat. Since the PACs fight is not physical but rather psychological, the organization might be successful in having the courts reverse the 2010 decision, and even put injunctions so as to protect Americans in future. So far, the group has achieved much and very soon, the American people will be able to regain control over their beautiful nation.