End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that was founded in March 2015. It’s goal is to create a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This landmark case made it legal for corporations to act as individuals to be able to spend as much money as they wish in political contributions. The problem that End Citizens United is working to fix is the unlimited spending a corporation finances.
Individuals are not able to compete with the large budgets of multi-billion dollar corporations. End Citizens United is focusing on this premise to issue a fight against the next logical consequence, laws having the potential to be bought and sold. If people running for government positions must accept money from corporations to compete in the campaign finance game, than they will be pressured to enact laws that benefit the corporations exclusively. An additional problem is that modern day corporations are international. This can create a situation where foreign investors can manipulate the American Government’s laws by spending large amounts of money to promote certain individuals to public office.
End Citizens United has been growing through a grassroots movement. This means that they have been trying to gather money through a lot of donations as opposed to several key donors. They are on track to raise $30 million, and have a battleplan to overturn Citizens United.
They are attempting to back Democrats to office that will promote the agenda of reforming campaign finance laws. They also back Republicans who are known for this cause as well. They claim that Democrats are the political party in general where this change will come from. They are not opposed to supporting Republicans who want to work for overturning Citizens United, however.
In order to overturn Citizens United, they must have two-thirds majority vote by the Senate and the House. Additionally, they must get three-fourths of the States to approve it. Their leadership team consists of professionals who have worked with politicians in the Senate and State Governments.
In the short-term, they are focusing on financially backing politicians who have made a pledge to not accept any money from corporations. In some instances, they note that some of these politicians have raised more money than their opponents who have opted to accept donations from corporations.
End Citizens United’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EndCitizensUnitedPAC