All over the world, the campaign period is usually an opportunity for wealthy people to spend large sums of money. Unfortunately, neither the source of the money nor the intents are clean. In most cases, the wealthy people pour billions of dollars into political campaigns with the single-minded goal of buying power. With it, the people’s right to a free and fair election as well as representation by the best candidate is bought. The birth of End Citizen United in 2015 was, therefore, good news for every patriotic American.
In 2010, the Supreme Court made what is now popularly known as the Citizens United decision. It allowed corporates and unions to donate money in support of favored candidates. As a result, there was the entrance of big Political Action Committees (PACs) which have the power to raise and spend huge and unlimited sums of money. The ruling, however, did not deter concerned citizens from fighting back against a few people who were—and still are—only interested in pushing their own agenda and have no respect for accountability or transparency. Thus, End Citizens United was born.
Strength from the Roots
Taking the form of a traditional PAC, End Citizens United derives much of its support from the grassroots. The overwhelming support it has received from the American people is proof that they are ready to push the big money train out of the political tracks. Additionally, its supporters have shown their dedication in elimination of Citizens United and fighting for reforms in the financing of campaigns in America with the hope that lawmakers will take the cue and pass the necessary laws.
Giving Billionaires their Own Match
In just the first three months of 2017, the group has collected more than $4 million from its 100,000 donors—40,000 new. It expects to raise more than $35 million—up from the 2016 $25 million collections—before the midterm congress elections in 2018. Nevertheless, End Citizen United works as a traditional-style PAC and does not accept more than $5,000 in donation from an individual. In spite of the self-limit, the group emerged among the biggest Democratic financial supporters in the 2016 elections.
Apart from agitating for reforms in political campaigns financing, End Citizens United supports candidates who are ready to help fight Citizens United and bring the campaign finance system onto the right tracks. Most of them are Democrats. However, the PAC supports candidates who are usually threatened to be quashed by wealthy individual donors and big corporations with special interest in the outcome of elections as well as other groups and big PACs which pump large amounts of money whose sources cannot be accounted for into political campaigns. This is one step in the right direction for America.