American elections have of recent changed following Supreme Court’s decision, pertaining Citizen United, which regulates campaign spending by organizations. Efforts to reduce corruption in the electoral system have been torn down. Billionaires and some of the influential people are now using their money through election donations on Facebook, to satisfy their selfish political needs. The aspect of transparency and accountability is lost, and ordinary citizens tend to feel that they don’t matter to the politicians.
As a result of this, End Citizens United, a Political Action Committee (PAC), was brought to life on 1st March 2015. Grassroots donors fund it. Dedicated to offset effects produced by Citizen United, End Citizen United is focused on reforming campaign finance system and stop billionaires trying to buy elections. It will pressure lawmakers to take affirmative action in reforming campaign finance.
End Citizen United mission is to demolish our corrupt political system. Ending corruption will be achieved through electing campaign finance reform champions, who will bring to an end unlimited money in politics, and Dark money. End Citizen United is planning to support Democrats for the change, and those ready to stand against Citizen United.
To date, more than 325,000 people have signed End Citizen Petition on OpenSecrets.org. More people are encouraged to come forward and join them. The group has already partnered with “Ready for Hillary,” which is estimated to boost up the numbers, with a list of four million people, to reach out to potential liberal supporters. Among its endorsed members is former Sen. Russ Feingold, and Sen. Michael Bennet.
The communication Director Richard Carbo affirms that the group is different from other PAC’s that ever existed. It plans to set up an independent expenditure on actblue.com arm to back up candidates ready to stand against Citizen United, through initiatives such as television ads and polling.
John Wonderlich, director at Sunlight Foundation, confirms that the task of reforming campaign funding won’t be easy and that for a constitutional amendment, it’s rather high on the scale. Rick Hasen, on the other hand, states that however much the group raises it will be hard enough for Congress members to get a constitutional amendment passed. Hasen added that groups like these are needed to propel the Supreme Court’s decision, and also pressurize both the Supreme Court and political actors against making things worse.
End Citizen United has of now received 136,000 donations, and $14.86 from its grassroots supporter donation. The group, states that it has to stop all small minded individuals and corporations from buying their representatives, senators, and ultimately, even their president. They are focusing on bringing back transparency, and believe their strength comes from its grassroots activists. End Citizens United has set up a team of Democratic Operatives who will spread the message on effects of dirty money on politics, and how to stop it.