End Citizens United Fights To End The Influence Of Money

End Citizens United is a proletariat political action organization that endeavors to elect officials who will restructure campaign financing and overturn Citizens United.

Since its inception in March 2015, this privately funded organization is keen to minimize the influence of deep pockets in local and national politics. The organization came into being after Citizens United attempted to air an attack advert that would hurt Hillary Clinton who was then a Democratic candidate in 2008’s elections. Citizens United did not reveal who was bankrolling the purported movie which was against federal laws that required transparency on the backers for all political ads.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) deemed the movie as an ad and blocked it from airing. Citizens United fought this decision, but a federal court ruled against it. Two years later, the ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court, a decision that has serious ramifications for future elections. With the new ruling, corporates could contribute generously to campaigns and hide behind the term ‘anonymous donors.’ Once again, Citizens United could use their expansive networks of the wealthy elite like the Koch brothers to sponsor a tirade of negative campaigns against Democratic candidates.

Fast-forward to 2018, End Citizens United tried to propel Democrat Beto O’Rourke to beat his Republican rival Ted Cruz who was leading by a thin margin. Other polls like one conducted by Google indicated a massive lead of 18%. While ousting the incumbent Ted Cruz was not the central idea, a Democratic win in Texas would have been a significant milestone. In an ironic twist, the fact that voters don’t know much about Beto could appeal to voters and perhaps trigger a win over Cruz. The logic behind this projection is that Cruz’s poll ratings are not doing any favors for him as a candidate. 49% of those polled don’t see him in a favorable light, and this could be detrimental on voting day.

End Citizens United is making strides towards curbing the influence of America’s elite in elections as seen with their legal battle with Florida’s governor Rick Scott. The journey to level the playing field will be arduous, but it is comforting to know that good souls are fighting for change.