Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a highly controversial decision by the United States Supreme Court in 2010, in which it struck down limits on political campaign spending by corporations as a violation of the First Amendment. The result of the decision was that corporations can now contribute endless money to political campaigns and organizations, provided that the money is to political action committees as opposed to the candidates directly. The term “Citizens United” has now become synonymous with rampant corporate political influence in politics and the drowning out of the voice of individual voters. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
End Citizens United was founded in 2015 with the aims of reforming the broken campaign finance system. The group has been active at the grassroots level in trying to elect pro-reform candidate and advance ballot measure campaigns at the state level to spark reform. End Citizens United attempts to level the playing field that is currently tilted in favor of large corporations by supporting candidates committed to its agenda.
Recently, End Citizens United made a group of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections. The candidates endorsed by the group have demonstrated their support of campaign finance reform. One of the top endorsements made by End Citizens United was of Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running to replace Ted Cruz as United States Senator. O’Rourke has demonstrated his commitment to campaign finance reform by eschewing political action committee money and relying solely on individual donations. Even without taking corporate money, O’Rourke has dramatically outraised the incumbent senator and O’Rourke has received plaudits for this position. O’Rourke supports legislation that would overturn the judicial result of the Citizens United decision.
Another candidate endorsed by End Citizens United is Wisconsin Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who is running to replace Paul Ryan. Bryce became a hero to the working class nationwide after one of his campaign advertisements touting his working class roots went viral. Voters have related well to the no-nonsense Bryce and his campaign has raised a large amount of money, an overwhelming majority of it from individual donations of $25 or less. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase.
.@SteveDettelbach spoke directly about the fact that we need to really pay attention to the role that money in politics currently plays in our democracy. Listen to what our endorsed candidate for Ohio AG has to say about it here: https://t.co/f6dScqoTjz
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) August 20, 2018