An Introduction to “End Citizens United”

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End Citizens United is a grassroots organization dedicated to overturning the landmark Supreme Court Case, Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Committee.

Citizens United is a conservative political action group (PAC). In 2008, they attempted to air a 90 minute movie on Hillary Clinton with the hope that it would smear her reputation. The Federal Elections Committee (FEC) ruled that this violated campaign finance laws. Its ruling was unanimously upheld in a federal court; however, when the case appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the FEC was overruled in a 5-4 decision.

Devastating consequences accompanied the new ruling: namely, that the right of free speech promised to individuals by the U.S. Constitution was extended to corporations. This makes possible a staggering new flood of money into an already saturated campaign finance system. Now, more than ever before, wealthy corporations are able to influence American political life.

Not surprisingly, then, many citizens and organizations have become greatly concerned that this ruling will undermine the very basis of democracy. They fear that the voice of the people will be lost amid the new and more powerful siren call of wealthy oligarchs. One of the most cogent and thoughtful critics of the ruling has been End Citizens United.

End Citizens United aims for nothing less than the undoing of the Citizens United ruling. The means by which they hope to accomplish this important goal are principally by supporting Democratic candidates all over the country. On a small scale these politicians can try to pass measures in individual states that can help curb loose campaign finance regulations one state at a time. However, the long-term vision of the organization is to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that clearly lays out precisely what free speech is, who has it, and to what extent corporations participate in it. In order to keep the candidates they support honest, they have wisely asked them sign pledges that they will not receive money from corporate PAC’s. This makes them accountable to the electorate.

Fittingly, End Citizens United seeks principally to gain donations from individuals. In doing so, they restore power to the individual, and stave off the corruption that follows from gigantic donations. With any luck, they will overturn the disastrous ruling and help restore our democracy.

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End Citizens United – Article Recap

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The recent special election in Alabama to fill the vacated Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a controversial primary to say the least, with President Donald Trump endorsing Sen. Luther Strange. Strange was a clear Trump supporter and followed every lead from the administration. However, the primary election tallies resulted in Alabama Judge Roy Moore being elected as the Republican candidate in the upcoming special election on Dec. 12, 2017 that will determine the actual replacement for Sessions.

Following winning the primary, Roy Moore was quick to announce that he would still vote on federal legislation as instructed by the Republican leadership in support of President Trump. The fact that Trump endorsed his opponent apparently mattered very little. That will be changing now as his opponent in the Dec. 12 special election will be former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, who has been endorsed by the End Citizens United political action committee. Alabama is no doubt a conservative state, but the Democrats think they have a good candidate to challenge Moore.

End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller was also quick in response to Moore’s candidacy and honed in on his extreme positions on a wide variety of legal issues. Moore is well-known among the conservative Alabama voter base for personal views and willingness to interject them when making judicial decisions. And, that is not to mention his track record of conflict of interest regarding his controlling position with a charity that paid him a $1 million stipend.

His opponent Doug James is a former U.S.Attorney who has prosecuted numerous civil rights cases and has an outstanding record of integrity and honesty as a prosecutor. However, this is his first attempt at public office and he has had some difficulty raising funds. The endorsement from End Citizens United could very well serve as the catalyst necessary to build those coffers for the Jones and the Democratic Party, but it is also important to note that the particular district of Alabama has not elected a Democrat to any national office in over ten years.

End Citizens United is a political action committee with a mission to end corrupt political financing that became legal following the 2008 United States Supreme Court decision that determined political campaign contributions are a form of free speech and that corporations and organizations also have rights of personhood. The decision allowed for unlimited campaign contributions to any candidate as long as the contribution came from an American entity. The directive of the PAC is to make the name of the PAC an actual reality and is partnering with current representatives to introduce legislation that will overturn the SCOTUS ruling.

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