The campaign finance system of the United States has been a topic of concern for many political analysts. Since the time the Supreme Court of the United States have voted in favor of the Citizens United demand to allow an unlimited amount of corporate money to flow into the elections, mostly anonymously, it has been difficult to control the scale at which the election campaigns are organized. The amount of money spent on elections has reached hundreds of millions in the past couple of presidential elections, and it continues to increase. Many organizations are trying to overturn the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court constitutionally, but it is a time taking process.
One of the organizations that have been working relentlessly to bring awareness about how broken the campaign finance system of the United States is and how it can be fixed is the End Citizens United. It was formed in March 2015, with only aim to overturn the Supreme Court decision in favor of the Citizens United, and to bring accountability in the campaign finance system. With the help of the grassroots donations, End Citizens United aim to help the political candidates who are in support of their mission to end the flow of big money in politics. There are scores of political candidates that End Citizens United endorses, and it continues to do so with passing the time.
As soon as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Citizens United in 2010, an unprecedented amount of corporate cash flooded into the elections. With such massive amount of money, it became more comfortable for the candidates to design and implement lavish and extravagant election campaigns and associated ads, which were bound to influence the people. It made the elections unfair against the political candidates who didn’t have an unlimited supply of corporate cash. In short, the candidates without corporate backing have no chance of coming to power.
It is what the End Citizens United aims to end as the organization wants that the political candidates that are chosen by the people without any bias to the Senate are elected, and not the one who is supported by the corporate. At present, End Citizens United is picking political candidates from the Democratic Party who are in favor of overturning the campaign finance system. It uses the online digital platform to collect money from the masses as well as to create awareness about how the U.S. campaign finance system needs a change.
Founded on March 1st, 2015, The End Citizen United movement is a Political Action Committee financed by grassroots sponsors. The movement is dedicated to confronting disastrous issues of Citizen United and improving its campaign finance system. According to End Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision completely transformed the scope of American elections. The decision further created a legal basis for the ideology that corporations are people and made way for special interest and billionaires to spend the untraceable and unlimited amount of money in United States elections. The committee motto is ‘It Is the Time to Fight Back.’
The committee went ahead to state that there was no transparency and accountability at all in the elections. The End Citizen United mentioned billionaires like Koch brothers and other organizations that are trying to influence political power in their favor and still there more issues that the movement is concerned with.
End Citizens United emphasizes that they are united to show voters, candidates, elected officials and the media that the grassroots people are fighting back with power against the increasing influence of billionaires and wealthy organizations to buy the elections in the United States. This will be an important step to building a bigger coalition that will be working towards campaigning for financial reforms and pushing lawmakers to take necessary actions and steps.
End Citizens United mission is to end the influence of billionaires and wealthy organizations in elections and fix the rigged political system. The movement intends to this by electing officials who will engineer reforms in campaign finances during elections. Secondly, the movement will pass state ballot measures. Finally, the movement intends to elevate this issue to become a national conversation so that every citizen can be aware of the issues affecting elections. End Citizens United will also work in collaboration with finance reform champions to overturn Citizen United so that they can together bring an end to the undisclosed and unlimited money in the United States politics.
End Citizens United will achieve its mission by electing pro-reforms officials, making the issue of money in politics as a national conversation, partnering with ballot measures movements to pass pro-reforms policies in each state and utilizing grassroots membership to control political power against money in politics.
End Citizens United is particularly supporting Democrats who are leading in opposing the movement. End Citizens United emphasizes that it stands up and supports candidates who are constantly attacked by mega-donors and corporate special interests and their super PACs networks and dirty money groups. End Citizens United hopes to bring change in the Democratic Party leadership. On the other side, Republicans and independent candidates agree that there is undisclosed political spending that affects elections but Republicans are fighting the destructive Supreme Court decision in Congress.