The political grounds in America are extremely complex, and at points, court case rulings have tremendous impact over time due to the ramifications and consequences that they carry through time. One of those rulings is the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision by the US Supreme Court in 2010.
The ruling itself derives from a Citizens United refusal to disclose who paid for a 90-minute film titled Hillary: The Movie, which was found by the Federal Election Commission to be a campaign ad attacking then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008. Citizens United sued the FEC even when the federal law at the time required the identification of sources of funds for political ads. In the first instance a federal court ruled unanimously to uphold the FEC decision, however, two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal ruling by the minimum margin of 5-4. This ruling drastically changed the landscape of political life as it guaranteed the right to free speech to corporations, drastically changing the amendment’s spirit to protect individuals.
This change in the political landscape enabled corporations to significantly influence U.S. politics: After the ruling corporations could pour money into the political campaigns with minor traceability of the origins of the resources. Organizations such as End Citizens United have warned that this gives tremendous power to organizations that reflect the interest of the most powerful minorities and are significantly influenced by foreigners and foreign countries and effectively reduces the power of the voice of the average citizen.
This ruling has found significant resistance and criticism as it undermines the spirit of democracy where the electoral power is evenly distributed across individuals to be inclusive of all points of view. Political Action Committees such as End Citizens United has been actively involved in bringing the electoral power back to the people.
End Citizens United acts on two fronts: they support campaigns of candidates who have strongly pledged to reform the campaign finance laws and support all specific efforts to overturn Citizens United ruling. Beyond this efforts, the fundraising of End Citizens United mirrors the philosophy of the group by raising money through grassroots fundraising and unlocking the full potential of the small donor. This approach in itself is a direct counter to the big money campaigns that currently undermine the U.S. democracy.
America today is run by capitalists who want to make the most use of the people for their gains and for the organizations that they run. Instead of only sticking to business, company owners are now turning to politics as a way to help their businesses and provide it with the tools that they would need to ensure that things run in their favor. This has taken away the government working to help people to them just doing the same thing for big corporates. This would not have been able to happen as openly as it does now if it were not for the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling of ‘Citizen’s United.’ The ruling made it so that large businesses and corporates could now donate to political parties and campaigns without them having their motives questioned, and without having to account for the money that they are giving. This has naturally led to an increase in a lot of corruption in the government and among political parties. For starters, company owners are investing into political parties in exchange for a seat at the table. This is the manner in which a lot of the people currently in the government have got their positions, in spite of them not being qualified to do so. Political parties that are in power are trying to get laws passed which only benefit the organizations donating to them and not the actual people. The idea of democracy is slowly fading away into oblivion, while the country is transitioning into something that strays far away from that ideology.
Within the first three months of the organization coming into power, End Citizen’s United collected over four million dollars to help it in its efforts to bring about change to the system. Because the organization resonates with the needs and wants of the people, the organization has been receiving an incredible response. People all over the country feel like they do not have a say in matters of the government because they do not have a lot of power or influence over political parties. By uniting all those that feel that way, the organization brings them together to fight against the government so that the country can once again be governed by those who have the best interests of the people in mind.
There are many organizations and nonprofits in the US waging war with the political establishment to bring back sanity in political campaign funding. One of the prominent Political Action Committees spearheading the struggle is known as End Citizen United. In the recent past, the activities of the PAC have been scrutinized due to claims it was making billions of dollars, and yet it is against political donations that run into millions. The people at the grassroots who support the initiatives of End United number millions, and it is out of their meager but generous contributions that the PAC is raising the huge sums.
In a move that has surprised many political pundits; the End Citizen United has embarked on a drive to support as many Democrats as possible so that pro-reform legislations can receive adequate support. The presence if dirty and dark money whose origin is questionable is raising concerns among the voters who believe that the syndicate of billionaire networks is out to take the political system hostage to its evil schemes .
The PAC hopes to gain the support of pro-reform lobbyists and Democrats in their fight to erect structures that will hinder the operations of the wealthy political shenanigans. The syndicates must be deterred from taking control of elections at all costs. The focus of the organization is to cause disruptions to the funding methods the wealthy employ to buy elections. On the other hand, there are claims that the groupings of the rich political lobbyists are a threat to the presence of Democrats in participating in major political decisions. End Citizen United, therefore, wishes to see many Democratic Senators and Congressmen elected.
The methods they intend to use are many and varied, but now they are focusing on making the issue of big money spending a matter of national concern and debate. Public discussions about how to end big spending in American politics is integral to their overall strategies. For that reason, the PAC is aiming to get many reform-minded legislators elected into both Houses of Parliament. One of their preferred candidates is Montana’s Democratic candidate , Jon Tester who is expected to defend his position. Another candidate is Ohio’s, Senator Sherrod Brown. The organization is convinced that the two leaders and other Democratic champions can make the fight against unlimited political campaign spending efficient.
About its membership, the group maintains that its recruitment process is transparent and open. Anybody who visits their website can view all the pertinent information related to their activities. All the candidates who will be endorsed by the group just need to complete a questionnaire to be considered as defenders of Democratic seats. The perception that the PAC is making more money than it is legally entitled to make is not right because of the popular support End Citizen United has at the grassroots It was founded in 2015 March, and most of the contributors supporting the group’s activities are ordinary citizens. Presently, the organization is advocating for the formation of a larger movement that will bring onboard all Democrats and liberals who wish to change the political landscape in the US.
End Citizen United complies with all the national and federal legal stipulations for the operations of such committees. All the filing requirements and other submissions required by the law are promptly complied with as dictated by the constitution.