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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.

Related: http://endcitizensunited.org/news/ 

 

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