End Citizens United and the Big Money 20

End Citizens United, an organization dedicated to pushing out Big money from politics after the supreme court ruling in 2010 declaring corporations as having the same rights as individual citizens when it came to donating. Since then, many candidates, particularly those in the GOP have used this ruling to collect millions of dollars for campaigns without having to actually talk to their constituents.

The biggest offenders of this are what End Citizens United calls the “Big Money 20″, “These are the worst of the worst in Congress,” said Tiffany Muller, the group’s executive director. These are mostly composed of incumbents in their respective states. Each one favoring PACS and special interest over their constituents. Therefore End Citizens United is working towards removing these officials out of office in the 2018 midterms, a year which does not look good for the GOP. View their financial information on Open Secrets.

End Citizens United is working hard to raise enough funds to contribute and endorse candidates who pledge not to accept PAC money. In line with their message, End Citizens United only accepts donations as high as $3,000 with any other donations being made directly coming from over 3 million of their everyday citizen members. The increase in membership has shown that this worrying issue of big money in politics has crossed party lines with many of their members consisting of both Democrats and Republicans along with independent alike.

A recent study to find a winning method, the organization tested both conventional messaging and campaign finance reform messaging. The most effective of these two was ultimately campaign finance reform messaging which resonated with independents and voters who do not normally participate. Favorability towards the organization and candidates being backed by them were up in the polls. This is what the organization is ready to implement during the 2018 midterms to finally remove the “Big Money 20” from power and put it back into the hands of the American people.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United 

 

End Citizens United Looks to Reform Campaign Financing

For over ten years, campaign finance laws and political contributions have been a source of controversy. In 2008, the conservative group Citizens United presented a documentary attacking Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States. The Federal Election Commission viewed this documentary as a political ad, which meant that Citizens United had to disclose the names of the donors who helped to finance this film according to federal law. Citizens United filed a lawsuit to prevent this from happening. They lost in federal court but was successful in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission was a 5-4 decision. The majority ruled that free speech rights that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees to individuals also extend to corporations. This basically did away with the limitations that were put in place to prevent corporations from having too much influence on political candidates and elections. Read more news about the group on USA Today.

There are two main concerns that came about due to this decision. First, many U.S. corporations are multinational entities. Because of this, people are concerned that foreign money would be used to influence the outcome of U.S. elections. Second, anonymous corporate donors could donate an unlimited amount of money. So far, the Supreme Court decision has largely benefited the Republican party, but the Democrat party has also benefited from this decision.

The PAC End Citizens United began in 2015 with the purpose of reversing the Citizens United decision. According to an article on XRepublic.net titled “End Citizens United: Fighting Against ‘Anything Goes’ Campaign Finance,” the PAC wants to accomplish two things. They want to support candidates that want to reform campaign finance laws and to establish a constitutional amendment that defines the free speech rights of individuals, not corporations.

End Citizens United is a strong advocate of grassroots political fundraising that can be used to offset the flood of corporate cash into the election process. Even though some Republican politicians have come out against Citizens United and its effects on the political process, End Citizens United primarily supports Democrat politicians who want to reform or reverse the Citizens United decision. People on both sides recognize that reform is needed in the campaign finance laws.

View: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

 

Can End Citizens United Fight Big Money?

It isn’t going to be too long before we have another big election day in America. November is going to bring so many incumbents up against newcomers that we are bound to see some serious changes.

End Citizens United, a PAC created to combat the effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court case, is doing everything it can to help these newcomers take on the incumbents and fight against the dominance of big money. We’ve seen corporations control politics for far too long and we need to do something about it. Now is the time to finally do something about it.

You can say plenty of things about End Citizens United but you can’t say they haven’t been active. They are providing financial support to many of the most tense elections we’ve seen in a long time across the country. An example this can be seen in the recent special election held in the 18th district of Pennsylvania. That’s why there are so many people hyped up when they talk about this fall. It’s going to bring lots of changes and it will serve as a test of Trump’s presidency. We’ll learn the truth about how people feel about him when they cast their ballots in this midterm.

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There are always going to be those who look at the results of the recent special elections and doubt that they mean anything. That’s going to be proven wrong when we finally see a change for the better as incumbents are removed and the fight against big money in politics becomes much more serious according to crunchbase.com Most people want to see their interests represented in politics rather than those of corporations. They are willing to do what is necessary to see this happen and they certainly want to do everything they can to become part of the solution. Politics doesn’t always go the way we want it to but we always have a chance to make a difference.

End Citizens United was created as a PAC designed to fight the influence of big money in politics. They have focused on this midterm election season because it will prove to be a pivotal point in our country’s history. We are going to see the first chance to strike a blow against the corporations who have decided to dominate politics. It will help to bring one of the most unfortunate chapters in American history to a close.

Find more about End Citizens United: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/

Right Wing Extremists Are Demonizing George Soros for His Philanthropy

George Soros is the busiest person on the planet, according to right wing extremists. According to people who love right wing conspiracy theories, George Soros has been hard at work pulling the strings of various organizations and marches. They blame him for a lot of things. They blame him for the Women’s March and for Black Lives Matter. They blame him for the white nationalist rally in North Carolina, wildly accusing him of setting it up in order to make people think that there are more white nationalists than there really are so that more people will support the Black Lives Matter movement. The reason people hate George Soros is that he stands by his principles and continues to donate money to the causes that he sees just. Ever since George Soros decided that he will give away billions of dollars to help the world advance, people have been demonizing him for no reason at all. Many people on the right hate him, because he has been supporting various candidates on the Democratic side of the aisle. In fact, he donated twenty seven million dollars to help the effort to stop President Bush from getting reelected, because he thought that President Bush would have a detrimental effect on the country.

The truth is that people on the right hate him because of his philanthropic donations, not just his political support for Democratic candidates. George Soros has been donating money to various causes that are pro-democracy and which promote freedom in the United States and around the world. Some of these causes are opposed by people on the right, especially by right-wing extremists. He is giving more money now than ever. In fact, he just donated 18 billion dollars to the Open Society Foundations. He will donate billions more in the years to come. People on the right wing side are getting very scared. Perhaps they do not want to see our freedom to bloom. That is sad. Breitbart, an extreme right-wing news site, realizing that the Open Society Foundations are now the second largest charitable network in the world, has called the Open Society Foundations the death star.

According to the Atlantic, this characterization, that of George Soros as the ultimate boogie man, is a result of the vast political division in our country. People on both sides of the aisle regard people on the other side as suspicious, especially if they are so called Elites, in which case they start blaming those few individuals for everything that they think is going wrong. It is a terrible path to go down, because it only leads to more division in the country. It will make it harder for people to work together.

It is important for us to unite behind people like Soros who donate money to philanthropy and support them in their efforts. George, who was born in Hungary, has donated billions of dollars in his lifetime to various charitable organizations.

Fighting To Let People Be Heard

Everybody knows that it is illegal for foreign companies and other actors on business or political stage to try gaining influence in any election. However, in 2016 the system failed because several companies associated with Kremlin bought advertising space to have this kind of control using the information to make people cast a favorable vote.

Finding The Truth
Robert Mueller, now named Special Counsel, is hard at work trying to unravel the kind of involvement Russian government or businesses had if any. There is no doubt that he won’t stop till the truth comes out, and people can once again have a piece of mind. However, this inquiry also makes people ask a lot of questions about the ways Washington works these days since people cannot be sure how other elections can be impacted by foreign money.

End Citizens United, a PAC, wants to make people realize how much money rich people pay to have a say in law-making. It is now more critical than ever to keep people informed about the donations to campaigns coming from a handful of people with bottomless pockets. This kind of influence beats the purpose of an election because politicians are not working for the voter but those with the most significant donation.

It is now clear that Russian troll farm bought Facebook advertising space for about hundred thousand dollars, but that did not end the activity. There are hundreds of fake accounts on Twitter, spreading false information but law enforcement is not doing enough to stop it at the moment.

There are ways to find loopholes in the law, but there are also ways to close them down. However, the government at this point does not seem to be interested in any action. Foreign states should not be able to have a say in any election, but their own and Congress needs to take a firm stand against these practices.

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The Voice Of People
End Citizens United wants to educate and inform people about the lack of transparency in Washington. Money and politics go hand in hand but not is more important to separate big money from politics. Political activity was on the rise again since the election last year. People want to have their voices heard, and ECU is one of the organizations that work to make it happen.

Since they work under strict rules about donors, this PAC cannot accept a donation larger than five thousand dollars, but their activity and openness already helped to raise a large sum of money to support Democratic candidates on campaigns.

Most donations are small, but they keep coming in because people now understand that otherwise they will be forgotten by the people in Washington DC and it has to change soon before it is too late to change anything.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/11/end-citizens-united-fights-to-save-the-johnson-amendment/