There are just a few weeks to go until America votes in the 2018 midterm elections. The progressive political action committee End Citizens United (ECU) has endorsed many candidates for political office this year who support campaign finance reform.
This organization was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in the nation’s capital. End Citizens United was formed in response to End Citizens United vs. FEC court case that wound up being heard by the Supreme Court. This court disastrously sided with End Citizens United. As a direct result of that ruling, corporations can not inject endless amounts of dark money into political campaigns without any restrictions. Follow the group on LinkedIn.
End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of candidates for office this election cycle. As they point out there is a huge amount at stake in this election. Some of the candidates they have endorsed are seeking to replace Republicans who currently serve in the House or the Senate.
This PAC vigorously opposed Judge Brett Kavanaugh being appointed to the Supreme Court. He was a disastrous pick for many reasons who threatens the rights of millions of people in the United States. He is a right-wing extremist who wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade and supports the Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to take over American politics.
Their opinion at this organization is that he will help further rig the system so that corporate special interests are able to get even more of their wishes fulfilled. Throughout his history as a Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh has shown that he almost always supports the interests corporations and wealthy people over those of average Americans. If there is a court case in the future where campaign finance reform is involved he will no doubt be the deciding vote blocking it.
The team behind ECU has opposed Supreme Court nominations in the past like they have Brett Kavanaugh. They were also against Judge Merrick Garland in 2006. Additionally, they opposed Donald Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. He, too, supports corporations over people.
End Citizens United is fighting the Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed corporations to pour money into campaigns without oversight or limit. This fight is due to the results of the case of Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Committee in 2010. With a 5 to 4 vote the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United and just like the other decisions that changed the axis of the earth like the Dred Scott vs. Sanford case in 1857, Brown vs. the Board of Education in 1954 and Roe vs. Wade in 1973 we are still reeling from its real-world implications.
The other rulings were facing citizenry clinging to a dying viewpoint. Their voices soon died down when up against the much larger community that disagreed with their views. The Citizen’s United decision is in the middle of being fought. The dissenting voices are growing and getting louder and more pronounced. Politicians are joining with other groups like End Citizens United to fight this decision. Read more news about the group on USA Today.
In March 2015, End Citizens United began its fight. So for the past three years the fight has been building. End Citizens United and the American public can all attest to the increase in political ads on radio and television because of the ruling. Because of the Republican ties to supporters with deep pockets, they have been the party to benefit the most from the Citizens United ruling; the Koch brothers, the Walton’s and Betsy DeVos are the most prominent supporters.
One benefit enjoyed by the Republican Party after the ruling was the millions of dollars raised for the 2010 mid-terms, which resulted in a wave of candidates winning elections for Senate and House seats. This ruling has provoked a loud outcry from the voting public and many organizations that see the unfairness. The Democratic Party, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the League of Women Voters, The Center for Political Accountability, and the Sunlight Foundation are all combining forces to call for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.
The Supreme Court assigned corporations the same right to free speech as the individual citizen. In time, the citizen should regain its rightful place as the lone holder of the right to free speech and corporations will once again have far less influence over our politics.