There is a new political action committee on the block and they are focused on bringing about voter rights reform in the United States government. End Citizens United was established as a response to the hugely controversial Supreme Court decision regarding a conservative group named Citizens United. The group, led by an unassuming lawyer named James Bopp, functionally suppressed the rights of American voters everywhere with a single argument: they succeeded in allowing corporations to donate as much money as they want through campaign donations. The results were simple: legislators who were in support of Citizens United began to stockpile massive donations from special interests while legislators who were opposed to Citizens United were quickly outspent in election campaigns. The ultimate outcome is that the will of the American vote has diminished if it hasn’t been completely muted.
End Citizens United launched in September of 2015 as a response to this decision and though it may have been eight years ago, it is still just as important today for groups to continue fighting for campaign finance reform. With the election of Donald Trump to the White House, it has become more important than ever that something is done to remove the dark web of special interests from the United States government. End Citizens United has focused on creating a grassroots network of concerned citizens who are ready and willing to vote with their wallets and support legislators who are willing to champion campaign finance reform.
The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to make their name a reality and in order to do that in today’s Washington D.C. they need to get their donors active. End Citizens United is aiming to raise nearly $35 million ahead of the 2018 Congressional Elections in order to try and support legislators who are ready to make a difference and take a constitutional amendment to the highest levels of government in order to remove the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United.
In order for End Citizens United to succeed they have gotten busy endorsing legislators who are willing to share the burden in the fight that will surely be coming. End Citizens United has already endorsed several progressive legislators who are willing to champion the cause but the issue is so partisan that not a single Republican has been willing to touch it — much to the detriment of people everywhere. Still, that hasn’t stopped End Citizens United from continuing their work. Most recently End Citizens United endorsed Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin as well as Senatore Michael Bennet from Colorado. End Citizens United knows that they need to have as much support as possible and it is only getting more important by the day.
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