End Citizens United is a Washington-based political action committee that was formed in 2015. The mission of the company is to battle the rigged political system as this democratic-oriented organization sees it. The main ways that this issue is approached include electing candidates that are pro-reform, discussing the issue that comes with raising money in politics, and working on passing the pro-reform laws.
Since a lot of the public in the United States agrees that there is an increased role which donations play in politicians’ campaigns, there is a substantial sum of those who support End Citizens United. The membership count of this PAC stands at 3 million. During the election in 2016, large numbers enabled the organization to raise $25 million. Now, however, they aim to lif this number by another 40% and battle the so-called Big Money 20.
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The Big Money 20
Since End Citizens United has been formed as a backlash to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen United v. F.E.C. in 2010, the main goal was to oppose those politicians who sell their position. This does not translate to the literal meaning, although there are politicians known for departing their own beliefs so that they can support their large donors. The Big Money 20 is a list that came about as a direct consequence of the aforementioned problem.
Tiffany Muller, the President of End Citizens United, has been very harsh on these politicians and called them out as the very bottom of Congress. She further promised that the organization will fight as hard as possible and use all the resources they possess to prevent the 20 politicians on the list from getting re-elected in 2018.
The list does have an obvious pattern of Republican politician as every single one selected is affiliated with the GOP party. Those selected come from many states and there are people representing Illinois – Peter Roskam, California – Mimi Walters, Iowa – Rod Blum, and at least half a dozen more states.
Muller further explained how there is a way to help Democrat candidates through simple message of their campaign according to endcitizensunited.org. For example, when Catherine Cortez Masto campaigned in the Nevada Senate race, using a basic conventional message did not do as well as using the finance reform message. This is because there is a large support for the cause that aims to put an end to large corporations getting all of their interests represented. Since the Supreme Court ruling form 2010 reinforced corporations as people, the only way to fight back is to propose laws that will limit or control the number of donations possible. After all, if PACs can run on $5,000 donation limit, why do large corporations fail to do the same?
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— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 22, 2017