In the year 2010, there was a very important case involving the Supreme Court. They were deciding over Citizens United v. F.E.C. where the plaintiff was suing for the right under the first amendment to distribute a political video that fell within 60 days of an election effectively barring anyone but private citizens from doing so. The court found in favor of the plaintiff and said that corporations, labor unions, and other associations have the same rights under the first amendment as the American public does. This has changed the landscape of political financing in the United States and now big corporations regularly use Super PACs to funnel unlimited sums of money to the political candidates of their choosing. This money consistently comes at the price of the elected official either introducing legislation or voting on a bill that will positively affect their donors regardless of what it means for the public at large. This puts regular citizens at a disadvantage and cuts away at American democracy.
Standing as a bulwark against this rising tide of political greed is End Citizens United. They are a grassroots organization formed in 2015 to enact common-sense campaign finance legislation. The not-for-profit Political Action Committee is led by Tiffany Muller and under her leadership has raised just under $35 million for funding the campaigns of those who are dedicated to ending the pay-to-play policy running rampant through Washington. Even more impressive than what End Citizens United has been able to raise so far is that the average campaign donation is just $14! That means those donations are coming from individuals who want to see real change in the system, not from big corporations trying to increase their bottom line regardless what it might mean for the Average American.
One way End Citizens United is working to stop the big money in politics is by letting everyone know who in Congress is engaging in this kind of politics. They have a “Big Money 20” list of the worst offenders when it comes to taking special interest money. These special interests are known to everybody: there’s Big Pharma, Big Oil, Wall Street, and Big Tobacco to name a few. Some of the names on the list are known by everybody too. Representatives like Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz are some of the worst when it comes to accepting special interest money and sending their votes in that direction. It is truly a scandal in our times, but End Citizens United will help propel honest men and women into political seats where they can make changes for the people.
If you wish to learn more, please see http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality.