End Citizens United: Ending Big Money Politics
End Citizens United (ECU) is an organization that was created after the 2010 Supreme Court decision United v. F.E.C. This court ruling completely changed elections and politics within the United States. In essence, what the United v. F.E.C ruling says is that corporations can be considered people, thus allowing billionaires, companies, and special interest groups to spend as much, untraceable, money on elections as they choose to.
The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to bring an end to Citizens United and big money politics. The organization hopes to achieve this in a number of ways, including: to elect candidates who are pro-reform; by ensuring that the issue of money in politics is a nationwide priority; by passing laws that are pro-reform within the individual states; and, by using grass root politics to prove political control on the problem of money in politics.
As mentioned above, one of the ways the ECU hopes to end big money politics is by campaigning to get politicians elected who are pro-reform. As dirty as the political game seems these days, there are politicians who choose not to associate themselves with big corporations or big money. These candidates who are supported by End Citizens United have a few advantages. But, perhaps the biggest is the network of over 400,000 people who donate small amounts of money; these smaller donations were predicted to be over $35 million by the 2018 midterm elections.
While the organization is the first to support pro-reform politicians, they are also the first to call out corrupt politicians. Recently, they filed a complaint against Rick Scott, Florida’s Governor, for illegally using a ‘super PAC’ to fund his campaign. The ECU is arguing that Scott and the New Republican PAC are violating the anti-coordination law.
Rick Scott and his campaign deny these allegations; however, the ECU has provided documentation that proves otherwise. For example, that Scott was conveniently named the New Republicans PACs chairman in January. A coincidence? Probably not. Additionally, End Citizens United determined that Scott’s campaign address was the same as New Republican. The proof doesn’t end there, there has been evidence that Scott hosted a dinner for New Republican donors, New Republican was seen campaigning for Scott, and among others, Scott raised money for New Republican. All signs point that they are working together causing ECU to file their complaint with the Federal Election Committee.
End Citizens United is fighting to ensure Rick Scott, and others like him do not get elected. They refuse to give up on the cause until legitimate change has been made.
End Citizens United’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EndCitizensUnitedPAC
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