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— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) October 10, 2018
End Citizens United is an organization that goes after campaigns who are relying mostly on corporate “dark” money. In other words, corporations are allowed to anonymously donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns that they agree with to influence the outcomes. End Citizens United is working to end this.
These days, the amount of money that campaigns gather often determines their likelihood of winning. Corporations have their own advantage in this. Since the original Citizens United Supreme Court decision was overturned, that means that there aren’t any proper regulations for campaign financing. As a result, it has been putting U.S. politics in danger of falling into corporatism. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
Yet another reason that corporations influence politics so much is due to their data-based campaigns. This requires large sums of money. Unfortunately, this unfairly tends to tip the scale to one party because candidates on small budgets can’t finance their own data bases. This also means that much of the dialogue of their advertisements is currently controlled by PAC’s and wealthier political candidates. It was revealed to the public in 2016 when Cambridge Analytica used Facebook as a vehicle to support campaigns like President Trump’s and Brexit’s.
This issue has been increasing since the Supreme Court overturned the original decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010 in favor of Citizens United. It gave Citizens United and other large donors permission to anonymously wire in unlimited amounts of money into campaigns that they’re in agreement with. The decision was overturned in favor of Citizens United by a razor thin vote of 4-5 agreeing that the government can’t place limits on how much labor unions, corporations and other large donors from contributing any amount of money they wish to campaigns that they agree with.
The original decision was made in 2002 with the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as McCain-Feingold Act. Under the act, individuals were originally limited to donating $1,000 per campaign. Corporations and labor unions were not allowed to donate at all. This is the kind of system End Citizens United wants to go back to.
Since early September 2018, some democratic candidates such as Ted Cruz’s opponent, Beto O’Rourke making End Citizens United a major part of his platform. New York Senator Kristen Gillbrand has pledged to fight for transparency and to oppose corporate PAC’s.
Read more news about the group on USA Today.