A Tug Of War Between Two Billionaires; End Citizens United

Two rogue and extremely wealthy donors have emerged as the highest spenders on political campaigns for the 2018 mid-term elections. One of the billionaires is on the right while the other one is a leftist. These two tycoons have defied their political parties and spent millions of dollars on campaign tactics that have been seen to be confrontational by many political spectators. One of the billionaires is a former hedge fund manager who is based in the Golden State; Tom Stayer. He happens to be the most conspicuous donor who supports candidates from the Democratic Party. On the conservative side is Richard Uihlein. Mr Uihlein is a renowned magnate in the packaging supplies industry. Mr Steyer also happens to stir controversy within the inners circles of the Democratic Party. He has in the past lashed out at Democratic lawmakers for being too timid.

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According to End Citizens United, Mr Steyer has also funded advertisements that call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The direct spending on political campaigns by Mr Steyer goes through the Climate Action by NextGen. The NextGen Climate Action is an advocacy group controlled by Mr Steyer. He also finances the group and passes finances to the traditional liberal PACs. Steyer has spent more money in this year’s election campaigns as compared to the last two mid-term polls combined according to actionnetwork.org. Apart from the campaign funds that have been documented by the Federal Election Commission, Steyer has invested money to the tune of $20 million in a campaign to remove trump from the presidency. The impeachment campaign involves TV and digital ads and billboards that have been placed in high traffic places such as the Times Square in New York.

On the Republican side, Mr Uihlein has been behind the Republican Party committees that support hard-liner members of the Conservative Party. Uihlein increased his spending on political campaigns during the 2016 presidential election. He has also spent money that is close to the total sum that he spent in the entire election cycle last season. He was an influential power broker in the political circles of Wisconsin and Illinois. However, Uihlein has taken on a political approach that is even more aggressive this year. He has been a significant force behind the Republican primaries ahead of the elections later in November. Uihlein has also donated handsome amounts of cash to a super PAC that supports an insurgent gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi. The president of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, said that Mr Uihlein is one of the most significant fund’s donor in the Republican Party.

ECU is one of the biggest political action committee in the US. It is funded by grassroots members. They have more than 3 million members around the US.

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End Citizens United Against Foreign Money In Politics

The reports that a Russian company bought political ads on Facebook in an attempt to influence the United States presidential election in 2016 is common to many Americans. After the elections, numerous committees were established to investigate and give their findings on the connection between Kremlin and Donald Trump’s campaign. Since then, Robert Mueller, a Special Counsel has been regularly providing evidence to the claims.

The American electoral laws prohibit foreign bodies from contributing to and interfering with the political campaigns. However, implementing the law is difficult. This is because the implementers of the campaign laws on finance are relaxed and not performing their duties as required. Some activists and lawyers also moved to court to oppose laws that bar foreign entities from interfering with the United States campaigns. As a result, a small group of individuals including non-Americans now have a say in the country’s political process. Muller brought to light $100,000 that was used in the digital ad campaign. It is certain that there were other foreign players who interfered with the electoral process apart from Russia.

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The loophole in the government that has resulted in these interferences are as a result of the laxity present in all the three arms of the government. The Supreme Court decision in 2010 on the Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission case provided room for foreign donations which it referred to as “speech”. The ruling allowed corporations, advocacy groups, and labor unions to donate huge sums of money without limit to the campaigns. Money in most occasions corrupts politics since donors spend a lot of money in the elections expecting a favor in return. Without a limit on the amount of money to be donated, bribing politicians becomes easy.

In an effort to restore the condition, the Democrats have set measures to limit political spending. They have established the DISCLOSE Act and the Get Foreign Money out of U.S Elections Act to control the spending. They are also asking the Supreme Court to revert their 2010 ruling. The politicians are being supported by the End Citizens United.

End Citizens United is an organization working towards reducing the influence of foreign money in the United States elections. The non-profit organization was founded in 2010 after Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations to donate unlimited funds to candidates of their choice in the campaigns. Political action committee has grassroots supporters. End Citizens United aims at restoring the American democracy by uncovering not only dark money but also corruption practices that interfere with the American election process.

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