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End Citizens United Moves to Limit Campaign Spending by Corporations

End Citizens United opposes the Citizens United vs. FEC decision made in 2010, which decided that corporations had a voice as individual citizens in the United States. An individual can contribute as much money to advertising they can afford. The Citizens United decision gave corporations composed of foreign and domestic interests the same rights. Now, they can contribute limitless amounts of money to campaigns in the form of advertising. Visit End Citizens United on Twitter for more updates.

Now, the Supreme court decision gave the same rights to every one of America’s political parties. Still, the result was unilateral, because most corporations had a republican leaning. The largest privately owned corporation in the world, Walmart owned by the Walton’s, who known to be republican often support candidates. Other known republican supporters are the Koch Brothers, the owners of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned corporation in America and Betsy DeVos, the wife of the heir to the Amway fortune.

Advertising promoting republican candidates bombards the voter during each election period. The producers of these ads are not revealed, so the voter doesn’t know who’s speaking to them. In the 2010 elections after the ruling, we saw the first example of how this ruling worked to boost the chances of electing republican candidates. The American Crossroads PAC raised millions of dollars after the Citizens United decision and that resulted in a republican wave that switched the majorities in the House and the Senate to the republicans.

In opposition to the Citizens United decision and fighting alongside End Citizens United are the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, the Center for Political Accountability and the Sunlight Foundation. These organizations are fighting for campaign finance reform and the passing of an amendment take away the right of free speech from corporations.

End Citizens United is using a two-step effort to change things. They are seeking to reform campaign finance laws and to reverse the Citizens United decision. End Citizens United is getting the individual involved in activism by getting small dollar contributions from them and by enlisting their help in changing the political climate with their votes for candidates who believe the vote of the people is the vote that should count.



End Citizens United Hopeful about Cruz Challenger’s Poll Numbers

End Citizens United is a national organization whose mission is to get money out of politics. Founded in 2015 as a response to the controversial Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, the group believes that the lack of campaign finance regulations in the United States is a threat to democratic government in the nation. In the 2018 midterms, End Citizen United’s mission is to raise $35 million for candidates who support campaign finance reform.

Citizens United is encouraged by the success of the Democratic Party so far in this election cycle. A recent poll conducted by the group shows that Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging incumbent and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in this year’s Texas Senate race, is closing in on his opponent. O’Rourke is one of 140 House and Senate candidates who have pledged to reject corporate contributions this year. Read more about End Citizen United at Wikipedia.

Ironically, Beto O’Rourke’s rejection of corporate PAC contributions has enabled the newcomer to raise huge amounts of individual donations. In fact, O’Rourke managed to raise $2.4 million for his campaign during the last quarter of 2017, beating Cruz. However, despite this impressive showing, Cruz has been able to raise more money overall due to his acceptance of PAC funds. End Citizens United wants to reduce this disparity by harnessing the power of small individual donations.

Although Texas is well-known to be a “Red State,” Democratic candidates have been gaining more traction in recent years. The University of Texas conducted a poll in June, which showed Cruz with just a five point lead. Although pundits are still predicting a Cruz win, End Citizens United is optimistic. The group is hopeful that as voters get to know O’Rourke better, he will have a chance to narrow the gap even more. It is the hope of End Citizens United that success this cycle will lead to even greater victories in the future.