The political pushback continues. Debates as to whether Citizens United is right for the country or a demon in disguise continue on. The Supreme Court ruling in 2010 changed the political landscape.
Has a basic tenet of the Constitution of the United States been tampered with? Or does the court ruling level the playing field?
Citizens United may be a once in a generation supreme court ruling. The decision says free speech given to us by the constitution, is now extended to a corporate entity. Corporations can now influence the outcomes of elections without fear of reprisal from the government.
Both political parties say it gives the other an advantage. The Republicans believe the ruling will keep the Democrats from tying up campaign contributions. The Democrats feel the decision favors Republicans because of their deep pockets.
The reaction has largely been condemnation from everyone. Continuous polls show the American people are firmly in favor of limiting what PACs can and cannot do. The Democratic party platform advocates a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision.
End Citizens United was created in March 2015 with the express intent of ending the Supreme Court ruling. The funding for End Citizens United has been a grassroots effort. The group is trying to do away with corporate contributions and their huge influx of money.
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End Citizens United sides with the Democratic party to stay in lock step with the American People. The group has the same goal as Democrats of a constitutional amendment to rein in the money.
End Citizens United has two strategies to accomplish their goals:
1. Support those candidates who want to reform campaign finance. The group does have Republicans in the fold, but Democrats are behind the move.
2. Begin targeting each state with their grassroots funding to build support.
Leadership of the group are savvy experienced political veterans. The political action committee has plenty of industry veterans on the staff and support from their board members.
• Tiffany Muller is the first and only president of the group. She has seen phenomenal growth with the PAC, as contributions have topped almost twenty-five million.
• Matt Burgess another veteran has a decade of political campaigns.
End Citizens United is currently gearing up for the next political cycle and beyond. The group counts nearly 130 candidates they endorse with a base membership of almost 380,000. The PAC seeks to support those candidates who are giving up corporate donorship.
The pledge is “No Corporate PAC”