End Citizens United Taking On Big Odds To Reform Election Funding

In 2008 a right-wing conservative group called Citizens United aired an hour long movie that was highly critical of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It was presented as a news documentary, but many cried foul, saying the movie was just a long campaign ad.

As such, the creators of the film were required to reveal who paid for it and how much. Citizens United objected and refused to name the big money donors who bankrolled the Hillary hit piece.

The case ended up in court and eventually the Supreme Court. In 2010, the conservative-dominated court ruled 5-4 in favor of Citizens United. The result was one of the most disastrous and corrupting influences on American elections in U.S. history.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for big money, hidden contributions and dark money to take over political campaigns. Since the decision, mega-rich corporations and billionaires, such as the Koch Brothers, have been gleefully “buying’ the political puppets of their choice.

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That’s why a new political action committee known as End Citizens United was formed in 2015. This grassroots organization is determined to overturn the destructive Supreme Court ruling which has basically disenfranchised the average American voter.

The task is enormous. If End Citizens United is to be successful, the group must ultimately pass an amendment to the U.S. constitution. That’s the only way to nullify a Supreme Court decision. An amendment requires two-thirds of the 50 states ratify such an amendment and then two-third of Congress must vote in favor.

But End Citizens United knows that the first step on the long road is to change the face of Congress first — from Republican control to Democrat control. End Citizens United hopes to flip at least the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. Getting both the Senate and the House would be fantastic achievement.

Ends Citizens United has been able to raise $35 million for the coming midterms accepting donations that average just $14. It’s a different kind of political action committee — one beholden to the average American voter — and one determined to save the American political system from the control of big money.

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