On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the decisive case of Citizens United VS the Federal Election Commissions (F.E.C.). The results of this ruling was transformative to our election process and essentially extended to corporations, unions and other groups, the full First Amendment rights of political speech and contributions.
This ruling was troublesome. Opening the door to wide-spread corporate and union political funding, it has become these groups and not the U.S. voters who now direct the current legislative priorities. There have been many politicians that have embraced the changes to the political process, taking advantage of the increased campaign funding and publicity, allowed special interests groups to dominate their electoral power and ignore the needs of their constituents.
Not all politicians agreed that corporate and special interest funding was appropriate and by March 1, 2015, these leaders founded the organization End Citizens United. Created with the purpose of raising this issue with the American public, electing pro-reform candidates and creating effective legislation to counteract corporate interference. End Citizens United is taking the lead on returning the electoral priorities back to the U.S. voters.
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The focus of End Citizens United during the current midterm 2018 elections is expelling the “Big Money 20” from their offices. The “Big Money 20” are the current elected officials who have blatantly bowed to the special interest groups and their financial contributions. They have chosen to listen to profit and not to the voice their constituents. End Citizens United’s end goal during this election is to encourage voters to vote out the “Big Money 20” and elect candidates that put their constituents needs over their campaign funding.
Committing to raise and spend $35 million for a pro-reform win during the 2018 elections, End Citizens United also encourages voters to attend their local town meetings to interact with their current elected leaders and to convey their disapproval of Citizens United.
With the goal and contributions of End Citizens United and active participation from registered voters, we can return America to being governed by the people instead of governed by corporations.
We need to treat the cause not just the symptoms. Our campaign finance system has loopholes that allows countries like Russia to meddle in our elections. https://t.co/Y7d1g560ns
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) March 20, 2018