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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NGP Van’s Tips for Hosting an Awesome Rally

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This will give information around NGP Van. It will first recap the article from this company “{Organizing 101) How to Hold a Great Campaign Rally” by Gabby Weiss. It’s true that since the 2016 presidential election, the news cycle become controlled by coverage of rallies that were placed in large stadium’s. There are four tips that can be used in organizing a rally. One way is to “Make Sure a Rally is Right for You”. This is because of the resources and time needed to create one. One reason this is a good idea is because it encourages and energizes supporters in order to change them into the efficient volunteers. It is also important to note that timing is vital in hosting a rally, most of the time rallies should be pushed to the last two weeks of the campaign.

A second tip is to “Plan the Details”. One method is by being creative in the location. It’s important to pick a location that symbolizes the platform. It is also important to get many supporters into the location the event takes place in. Including visuals like campaign signs is a good idea. Since a big part in rallies are the campaign’s public face , taking pictures are vital. A third tip is to “Advertise the Bank”. Advertisements should be all over areas like campaign booths and social media. It could also be good to put on a press release. A fourth tip from the NGP Van article is to “Transform Supporter Energy to Grassroots Action”. The support and energy received should be channeling support and energy to actions that will go towards an Election day win.

Now, some general information on NGP Van. NGP Van is the leading provider in technology to progressive and Democratic organizations and campaigns. Something else it does is give a mixed platform of the best products on the products of digital, fundraising, compliance, social networking, and field organizing. It is also important to note that almost every vital Democratic campaign like the Obama campaign voter contact is powered by NGP VAN.

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