How End Citizens United Is Changing American Politics

Are corporations living, breathing beings? The answer to this question is no but a cursory examination of the latest campaign finance laws might lead one to think that the electoral system thinks they are. The idea of a corporation being a living breathing thing is an absurd one almost absurd as the idea that corporations deserve to have the right to free speech and the protections of the First Amendment. Despite this corporations and other organizations such as unions were granted free speech rights through the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling on a case that was argued before the court that is known as Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The outcome of that ruling transformed the way that American politics operated particularly during elections.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the case that is casually known as Citizens United has resulted in a number of changes that threaten to make the electoral process far less equitable than it should be. One of these changes involves the way that political campaigns are allowed to be financed in the United States. One of the structures that are used to fund political campaigns in the American electoral process is an entity that is known as the PAC. Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Citizens United case there were limitations on the amounts of money that a political action committee could take from an outside donor. The limitations regarding political donations to political action committees typically meant that a single individual could donate no more than $2500 to a political action committee. These limitations also involved prohibitions around who exactly could make political donations to a political action committee. Former campaign finance rules that established standards around the kinds of political donations that a political action committee could accept prevented unions and corporations from making donations of any sort to political action committees. The Citizens United case however has changed all of these old campaign finance rules in a major way.

These days under the new era of campaign finance rules corporations and unions are allowed to give political donations to political action committees that are commonly known as Super PACs. These new super political action committees have changed the way that American politics are done and have allowed corporations and other entities to have an outsized voice in the electoral process when compared to actual human citizens.

An organization that is known as End Citizens United is hoping to put a stop to this. The group is organizing itself to oppose the changes that Citizens United made to campaign finance rules by putting more campaign reform advocates on the ballot. In a sense Citizens United is fighting fire with fire as it is a political action committee itself. However it plans to use its ability to raise money to support candidates that run on platforms that involve overhauling the campaign finance system to make it more equitable and democratic. According to USA Today, End Citizens United was able to raise several million dollars towards its goal of supporting campaign finance reform advocates.

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End Citizens United

End Citizens United is an organization intent on dismantling campaign financial politics by pushing for new campaign finance reform. The political action committee came together out of a singular goal to reverse the Citizens United decision passed by the Supreme Court in 2010. The legislation is considered by many to be the formative factor in the creation of large super PACs, which has allowed an unprecedented amount of money to move into politics. When money moves in, its owners get to control too many aspects of a politician’s life and ultimately his or her politics.


The organization will begin its push to dismantle the Supreme Court‘s Citizens United decision by raising money to funnel into democratic candidates. These democratic candidates will then hopefully win their races against their republican constituents. In order for these democratic candidates to be backed, however, they will have to be actively working towards campaign finance reform or be in favor of the movement. Once these candidates have been elected, End Citizens United will have brought together enough candidates in favor of the reform to actually create reform.


So far, one of the most prominent problems facing campaign finance reform advocates is the lack of interest in actually pushing through reform. With the current political landscape filled with more naysayers than supporters, campaign finance reform has been stuck and measures that could make a real difference have been halted. As of April 5, 2017 the group had raised a reported $4m but have projections that a whopping $35 million will be raised by the end of 2017 in time for the 2018 midterm elections. In fact, the $4m raised thus far was collected in a meager three months. The End Citizens United PAC, in comparison, took in $25m from the election cycle in 2016. $35 would be a big step up and would help to make the PAC a real player in the next election cycle where they could work to take out PACS including their own.


End Citizens United has every reason to be optimistic as 100,000 people contributed in the first quarter of 2017 with as many as 40,000 people giving donations for the first time as reported in USA Today. You can join together with members of End Citizens United by donating online or in person. Support the cause and help to take corporate control out of American elections through campaign finance reform.


End Citizen Thinks There’s More to Political Donations than Meets the Eye

Montana copper King in one of his outburst and mishandled approach to politics said he never bought a man who wasn’t for sale to which the US senator Jon Tester reacted by enacting a legislation which comprises of a Constitutional Amendment that targets the Citizens United verdict by putting across the point that corporations aren’t people.


Senator Jon Tester introduced the SUN act that rule in the rampant environment of “dark money” groups by forcing them to reveal the identity of donors who give more than $5,000.The Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act requires Senate aspirants to file campaign finance reports that will save taxpayers’ money and make disclosures available to public domain faster.


Political Fundraising Committee


The democrats fighting for Freedom group, End citizens United formed a political fundraising committee focuses on monitoring all big money in politics. The group’s name refers to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened the door to union and corporate donations in candidate elections and helped launch super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts. They have so far achieved great success by gathering big money on their own. In the first 3 months of 2017 they had already raised $4 million and already projects $35 million before the 2018 congress elections.


PAC’s President revealed that the average donations this year reached $12 million. The ones who write contribute more get the air their views and thus the group donors feel oppressed by the system. By doing this they are able to put up a fight.


Almost 100,000 individuals gave to PAC in the year’s first quarter. 40,000 of these donors, according to Tiffany Muller, PAC President, were first time givers. The group leaders are confident that their aim is to choose finance leaders and reformers to Congress.


Muller, formerly the assistant political director to the Senate Democrats campaign team, mentioned that the team is testing the races it will take up in 2018. He revealed that it could take up the responsibility of defending Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown from Ohio and also Jon Tester from Montana this coming year.


End Citizens United is PAC that can’t take donations exceeding 5,000 dollars from personal donors. Despite the restriction, it’s fundraising back in 2016 let them drive it to the top of Democratic groups’ spenders in the last elections year.


George Soros: His Return to Active Campaign Financing

George Soros, the billionaire investor who once contributed a whopping $27 million dollars in 2004 to try to defeat President George W. Bush recently returned to the political spotlight as one of the leading funders of Hillary Clinton, and by extension the Democratic Party.

According to records made available by the Federal Election Commission, Democratic funding operatives, and interviews with his close associates conducted by Politico, Mr. George Soros committed or donated more than $25 million dollars to Clinton, in addition to other Democratic Party candidates in the just concluded presidential elections.

With a fortune estimated at more than $24 billion dollars, much of which was amassed through taking part in risky currency trades on, Mr. Soros is one of the richest men in the world. Born in Hungary before relocating to New York, has had a close working relationship with Mrs. Clinton, which spans more than twenty-five years.

His Motivation

Even though he did not attend the Democratic Presidential nominations, his close associates are of the belief that he became more politically engaged in the last elections due to the faith that he has in his friend Hillary Clinton, as well as his fear of President-Elect, Donald Trump. In the past, Soros has gone ahead to accused Trump of “doing the work of ISIS” mainly by stoking fears among the electorate on

According to Michael Vachon, who is Soros’s political adviser, Soros has always been a consistent donor to Democratic-related causes, but in 2016, the elections had a much higher political stake. Apart from the hostility shown by the GOP candidates, the elections were important to Soros, as they touched on issues that he cared a lot about, such as religious intolerance, immigration reform, as well as criminal justice reform.

His willingness to donate to the Clinton campaign, in a bid to defeat Trump who was seen by many political pundits, as well as people in the Democratic Party circles as a good sign for Mrs. Clinton, as he was able to catalyze other wealthy activists to donate towards the campaigns.

It is a cumulative mobilization effort that helped Mrs. Clinton get a massive financial advantage over all the committees that were backing Donald Trump, who was and continues to be regarded with a lot of suspicion by donors across the political divide. The donations provided by Soros and his leftist benefactors are what allowed Clinton together with her team to create a humming campaign machine, which was able to overpower that of Trump in very many aspects.

Campaign Contributions

Soros-funded groups such as Priorities USA Action that received $7 million dollars, American Bridge 21st Century that got $2million and $700,000 to different Democratic Party campaigns and PACs.
Apart from supporting Clinton’s campaign, Soros has also funded non-profits such as Voting Rights Trust where he has made a commitment of $5 million.

Soros motivation and giving pattern in the last year has been similar to the pattern exhibited in 2004 when he was motivated by his deep and abiding opposition to Bush administration policies, as well as Iraq War that was ongoing at the time.

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