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.
End Citizens United is on a path to rid off big money from politics by raising funds to see their plans come to fruition. According to USA TODAY, the political action committee has so far managed to raise about $4 million in the first quarter of 2017 and it targets to have raised $35 million before the Congress midterm elections slated for 2018. This will represent a higher amount than the $25 million that the PAC used in the 2016 election, which marked its first cycle in elections.
Around 100,000 people donated funds to the PAC during the first three months of 2017, 40,000 of them were first time donors according to Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of the PAC. The goal of this PAC remains to ensure that pro campaign-finance reform individuals are elected to Congress. Tiffany further shone light on the contributions they have received this far where the average donation stands at $12. A majority of the donors are the people who feel that the current system is rigged and only the wealthy persons get their say. They use the contributions as a tool of fighting back the rigged system. The Democrats were furious with the shock Trump win in November last year and are determined to fight his nominees and agenda according to Muller.
Recent Fund Raiser Awareness
Recently, the PAC urged its donors to raise $500,000 towards the campaign of congressional Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff. Ossoff is from Georgia and a first timer in politics. John Ossoff maybe only 30 years of age but surprised everyone in the political arena after managing to raise over $4 million in campaign funds. The funds were geared towards bankrolling his campaigns for the special election held on April 18. The election was held in order to fill a vacant Republican seat in the House of Atlanta. The vacancy arose from Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services. Muller stated that the PAC is still looking at the races that it will be fully involved in come the year 2018. However, she indicated that End Citizens United would play a part in shielding Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown from Ohio in 2018.
Origin of End Citizens United
End Citizens United’s name originated from the Citizens United decision delivered by the Supreme Court in 2010. The decision allowed corporate and union donations in the candidate elections as well as the launching of super PACS capable of raising and spending unrestricted amounts. End Citizens United on its part is a conventional PAC and therefore does not accept any donations that exceed $5,000 from one donor. However, despite this donation cap, the PAC was able to raise funds that saw it emerge among the top Democratic-aligned groups that spent huge amounts.
The Reno-Gazette Journal (RGJ) has recently reported news about an environmental and political battle that has taken shape at Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe’s north shore communities have been experiencing an epic drought, which has drastically affected resorts and businesses in the area. Furthermore, the residents of Lake Tahoe have been facing a political battle. Supporters have been wanting to incorporate the picturesque Olympic Valley, which is home to many winter sports in North America.
But more recently, supporters of Olympic Valley incorporation have withdrawn their support for the incorporation of Olympic Valley. This is partly due to very severe snow storms that have taken a toll on the area.
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and its CEO Andy Wirth have been against the incorporation of Olympic Valley. Incorporating Olympic Valley would have resulted in higher taxes. Furthermore, it would have resulted in a decrease in the maintenance services that are typical around cold climates, such as snow plowing services. Wirth suggested that incorporating Olympic Valley would have been a very poor business and fiscal decision.
But supporters of Incorporate Olympic Valley have said that Squaw Valley Ski Holdings had an ulterior motive for being against it. Supporters have suggested that Squaw Valley Ski Holdings wanted to build more residential and commercial buildings to improve its real estate. Moreover, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings did not want its residents making influential decisions on the use of the land and instead wanted it to continue to be controlled by the Placer County supervisors who reside in Sacramento.
But now that the incorporation of Olympic Valley has been put to a halt, Wirth hopes that the community will focus on other issues, such as transportation.
As the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, Andy Wirth works hard to make the ski resort at Lake Tahoe the most sought after resort in the world. According to his about.me page, Wirth is a huge supporter of many environmental causes. He works to create a resort at Lake Tahoe that its residents of all ages can take pride in. According to his page, Wirth received his education at Colorado State University and Edinburgh University.