End Citizens United was created due to the Supreme Court decision of 2010. Every generation there are a few court cases that change the political ground. These rulings are always controversial with consequences and ramifications that change the political culture of America. One of these cases may very well be Citizens United. The decision was controversial, sparked political pushback and had a profound effect regarding politics.
The case began in 2008 when Citizens United attacked Hillary Clinton on film during the primaries for the Democratic Presidential. The FEC or the Federal Election Commission decided the movie was a ninety minute campaign ad. Citizens United refused to reveal who was responsible for the film. Citizens United attempted to have the FEC decision reversed and lost. Two years later the ruling of the federal court was overturned by the Supreme Court. The right guaranteeing free speech for individuals was extended to corporations. Governments were no longer able to put limitations on how much can be spent to influence an election by corporations.
The foreign interests of numerous United States corporations and the massive amount of money flooding the election system were ignored. The campaign contribution made by corporations were mainly anonymous and nearly unlimited. Television and radio ads decreased because the responsibility for financing was not being taken by the donors. The Republican party had an advantage due to Citizens United because this is where the ties to the nation’s wealthiest individuals existed.
The reaction caused by the ruling was heated and continual. The activists and open government organizations sided with the Democrats to overturn Citizens United. Polls revealed most Americans wanted limits on the amount PAC’s are able to spend for elections. It was officially on March 1st of 2015 End Citizens United joined the fight. Their goal is to overturn the ruling favoring Citizens United. They use grassroots funding to balance the massive funding unleashed by Citizens United. This funding is used to support Democratic candidates in favor of ending the decision of the Supreme Court.
End Citizens United seeks to stop the way politics are being influenced by corporate money. They are looking for campaign finance reform. They also want the rights regarding free speech to be defined for individual citizens and not corporations. Their main focus is directed at campaign finances laws with shorter terms. This is being accomplished by supporting candidates with a strong interest in changing the finance laws for campaigns and making the effort to end Citizens United.
The End Citizens United, formed in 2015, is a political action committee (PAC) whose ultimate goal is to push for reforms in campaign financing system in America. The Supreme Court decision in 2010 popularly known as Citizens United, led to its formation. According to the group, the decision allowed for massive financing and influence by billionaires and special interests in America’s elections thus affecting credibility. The PAC is currently pushing for constitutional amendments to overturn the Citizens United.
One of its main strategies included supporting candidates deemed as pro-campaign finance reform candidates, state ballot measures in the states, and promoting the discourse in the national platform. The group openly supported Democratic candidates running for House and Senate seats across the United States of America. The goodwill from top Democrat leadership in the campaign against the Citizens United led to the public support of their candidate by the group. Its support mainly took the form of financing television ads, polling, and direct mailers. In fact, it partnered with “Ready for Hillary” in the run-up to the general elections. The End Citizens United did not support Republican and Independent candidates even though some had openly endorsed the reforms. The group cited the lack of support from the Republican leadership in Congress as the main reason for not backing these candidates.
The group comprises of veteran Democratic operatives to help in publicizing its mission. It has an elaborate network of grassroots actors who contribute both financial and technical support. The group boasts of a diverse support as over 325,000 people had signed the petition less than one year after its formation. The numbers indeed increased after partnering with the Democrats as well as other interested groups. The group places its membership at about 3,300,000 people. The political action committee estimates to have approximately 40,000 members in the Atlanta metropolitan area while Georgia has over 70,000.
Besides grassroots support, the group has received substantial financial support from small donors. The funds have facilitated its activities over the period of its existence.
In its formative years, the group is estimated to have received 136,000 donations with an average donation of $14.86. The numbers have significantly changed with the PAC currently boosting of about 360,000 donors and 2,500,000 contributions. It is estimated to have raised $35 Million. The PAC’s grassroots funding system underpins its principles in political activities’ financing. The group operates transparently and openly as it discloses financial position to its members and the general public. In essence, it believes in transparent political spending and regularly submits its financial files and documents to the Federal Elections Commission. The PAC has recorded some level of success and remains committed to restoring sanity political campaign financial spending.