Some say it was the Supreme Court ruling that created the greatest threat to Democracy in American history – the so-called Citizens United Ruling. What it did was unleash millions, even billions of dollars of “dark money” into the U.S. election process.
In its 2010 decision, the Conservative-dominated panel of nine judges ruled with a 5-4 vote that “money was equal to free speech,” and that a corporation is basically the same thing as an individual citizen. In other words, “corporations are people.”
The result is that any mega-cash-rich corporate entity or greedy billionaire can now donate as much money as they want to any candidate of choice, and that choice is almost always a right-wing Republican.
But now a newly formed political action committee (PAC)is fighting back.
Appropriately named, the new PAC is called End Citizens United. It was founded in 2015 and rapidly began fundraising ahead of the 2016 election cycle. The response from general public was remarkable – in less than a year, End Citizen United hauled in $25 million.
Even more remarkable was how it was raised. The group received hundreds of thousands of small donations from ordinary citizens who gave an average of about $14 each. What this strongly suggests is that there are millions of people who are tired of letting our politicians be bought and paid for by the highest bidder.
The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to get the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling overturned. Doing so, of course, will require a Constitutional Amendment because that’s the only way to counter or negate a Supreme Court decision. A new Amendment requires that three-fourths of the 50 states must first ratify it, and then it needs to get approval of both the U.S. House and Senate with a three-fourths majority vote.
That’s a steep hill to climb, to be sure. The first step toward reaching such a lofty summit is to get more Democrats elected to office, both on a state and national level. A major goal of End Citizens United is to flip the U.S. House from Republican to Democrat control in the coming 2018 midterm elections.
They’ve already made good progress. End Citizens United officials say they are on track to beat their previous $25 million fundraising result by at least $10 million – the group should easily take in a robust $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle – and again by way of small donations from hundreds of thousands of concerned American citizens. For more info about us: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/end-citizens-united/ click here.
Yes, it takes a lot of money to get Big Money out of politics, but End Citizens United is fighting fire with fire, and with the backing of the American people.