The political action committee End Citizens United was established in response to the controversial Supreme Court ruling in the 2010 case ‘Citizens United Vs The United States of America‘. The court ruled that corporations were the same as people in regards to the protection they receive under the first amendment. Since campaign contributions are considered a form of protected speech, there can be no limits placed on the amount that corporations are able to contribute. This decision has lead to a dramatic increase in the contributions of corporations and extremely wealthy individuals.
Lead by Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United’s mission is to do everything possible to overturn the Citizens United ruling and limit its scope. They are trying to accomplish this goal by endorsing candidates that are in favor of campaign finance reform, introducing and campaigning for statewide ballot initiatives that support the cause, and raise national awareness about the dangers of unfettered corporate money making its way into our elections.
Having already raised over $5 million as an organization, with the vast majority coming in the form of small donations from individuals, the End Citizens United PAC has quickly grown into a formidable national force with real influence. They have also endorsed dozens of political candidates across the country. These include both state-level congressional representatives and people running for the US Senate and House.
Some of the more prominent national-level politicians to have been endorsed include Senators Jackie Rosen, John Tester, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Tammy Baldwin. It is critically important that before the midterm elections voters know which candidates support campaign finance reform, and End Citizens United is doing all that it can to spread the word.
On the other end of the spectrum are those politicians that not only willingly accept these limitless corporate dollars, but also fight openly to continue the Citizens United ruling. In order to make sure that voters are aware of who not to vote for, the PAC has created a list of 20 of the most prevalant violators and called it ‘The Big Money 20‘. Some of the most powerful figures in Washington are on that list, including Ted Cruz, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Rod Blum.
Through the 2018 elections and beyond End Citizens United will continue to fight for the end of the corrupting influence of big money in politics. Currently, the voice of the few is drowning out the voice of the many, but as long as their are groups and individuals willing to fight to restore our democracy, the future of this country is bright.
For more, you may also read “The Man Behind Citizens United Is Just Getting Started.”