Ending the Citizens United Debacle

     The landmark decision by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. case changed the political landscape as far as campaign finance is concerned. The decision, which was given in 2010, states that corporations, labor unions, and other similar organizations are free under the first amendment to engage in political campaigning right up until Election Day. This right had been previously reserved for private citizens only, as it was felt that large corporations would be able to influence elections in a way the people couldn’t. Through the limitless and unregulated donations, large corporations can give to candidates through Super PACs, they are able to trade monetary support for political leverage after the election. This puts large corporations at an advantage over private citizens in terms of what policy decisions are being made in their names.

Combating this corruption that has spread through Washington is End Citizens United. They are a not-for-profit Political Action Committee that formed in 2015 with the mission to enact some common sense campaign finance reform in Congress. So far, under the leadership of Tiffany Muller, they have raised almost $35 million to help fund campaigns of candidates committed to campaign finance reform and staunchly opposed to taking special interest money of any kind. That $35 million comes from an average donation of $14, showing the grassroots nature of an organization committed to defending the voting power wielded by the average American.

One of the tools End Citizens United has developed involves disseminating information about some of the congressmen taking special interest money. The “Big Money 20” is a list of the worst offenders of this pay-to-play strategy that has become so rampant in Washington. They take money from Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Wall Street, and others, and in turn, play the role of advocate for their interests whenever a bill comes around that will be of benefit.

A great example of someone who belongs on the Big Money 20 is California representative Duncan Hunter. Hunter is a known Tobacco industry yes-man who earned the name “The Vaping Congressman” for his hard push on legislation easing regulations on the industry, while at the same time receiving a $50,000 bump in donation funds. Hunter is also known for trying to slash funds to the House Office of Congressional Ethics while simultaneously being investigated by said office for misusing campaign funds for personal expenditures including trips overseas and video games.

You may also check https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/ for more.

End Citizens United Gives Out the First Endorsement for Conor Lamb

     End Citizens United is a grassroots movement and political action committee. Are you seek to put a stop to the campaign finance system permitting corporations to pose as people. This allows unlimited money from billionaires to go into our political system. Which results in billionaires controlling and having too much power over candidates, elections, and elected officials.

The mission of End Citizens United is a commitment to reform the campaign finance system. They intend to follow through on this mission by electing and endorsing pro-reform candidates. End Citizens United has a focus to bring national attention to corporate special interest money in politics. They are striving to pass pro-reform laws in all of the states. They have additionally been pushing for grassroots activism a membership with their organization.

The latest Democrat candidate to be endorsed by End Citizens United is Conor Lamb. Conor lamb is running for representative of Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. He took a French to finances can have a grassroots donations. He’s interested in reforming the campaign finance system to put a stop to special interest donations coming from billionaires into our political system. He hopes his pledge will make it clear to the people in the 18th congressional district that he is running to represent them and not to represent a billionaire’s agenda.

The 18th congressional district in Pennsylvania as many comprised of steel workers. It’s commonly been a Republican leaning district. The district voted for president Donald Trump in the last presidential election. They mainly voted for him on the grounds that they hoped for a president not controlled by billionaire donors and someone who would push for job creation and health care reform. There are many people in the area who are more moderate, and have stated that they will choose whoever they think is the right candidate to represent their distinct. Conor Lamb has vowed not to take corporate donations, to reform health care, and to focus on job creation in the 18th district.

Conor Lamb’s political opponent in the upcoming election is Republican Rick Saccone. End Citizens United has pointed out that Saccone has been dining with lobbyists and taking billionaire donations. His acceptance of special interest donations shows that he is clearly not interested in reforming the campaign finance system. The special election will be held on March 13th.

Please also read “The Man Behind Citizens United Is Just Getting Started.