End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that was formed on March 1st, 2015. Its formation was accelerated by the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010. The ruling in Citizens United v. F.E.C removed the limits on campaign financing. This verdict has wholly altered the political landscape of United States of America. This political outfit seeks to reform the elections campaign financing system. End Citizens United itself is funded by grassroots donors.
The ruling on Citizens United v. F.E.C. legitimized the long-standing idea that “corporations are people.” This led to billionaire corporations and other state entities spending heavily without any limitations into the American elections. This money injected into campaigns is also untraceable and has been viewed as the elites trying to buy votes. For this reason, ECU has been fighting to work towards campaign finance reform and bring lawmakers on board for their cause.
ECU has been backing the elections of candidates who are pro-campaign finance reforms. With the election of such leaders, ECU hopes to take this conversation to national level. Once this becomes a national conversation, the journey to end unlimited and untraceable money in campaigns shall have been halfway won. The ECU submits their financing reports to the Federal Elections Commission in a gesture of transparency and openness.
End Citizens United has backed and campaigned for pro- campaign reform Democrat candidates so far. However, if any candidate whether Republican or Independent is pro-reform, the will have the backing of End Citizens United. The former Obama administration official Andy Kim is the latest candidate to get the support of the group. Andy Kim is on a quest to oust New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur.
End Citizens United have pledged to raise money for Kim who had earlier declined offers for campaign financing from corporates’ political committees. Andy Kim has stressed on the fact that he is running a campaign powered by the people. On the other hand, Kim’s opponent Tom MacArthur is supported by corporate political action committees. End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller said that the move by Andy Kim to reject PAC money from corporates was a good indication that he was ready to be accountable to the people of New Jersey.
End Citizens United have an active website which shows all of their activities. It also shows their posts from their social media accounts, the latest news and has a page that shows the list of candidates who are dedicated to financing reforms. There is a donation page for supporters who want to support their cause. End Citizens United also use their website to enlighten other people on how they can work on their own towards ending Citizens United.
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