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End Citizens United; the Political Action Committee (PAC) Championing Campaign Finance Reform

End Citizens United is a national grassroots political committee. The committee’s main agenda has been spearheading reforms of campaign finances. This is done, usually, by funding campaigns of the politicians who stand against the decision of Citizens United ruled by Supreme Court in 2010; this is where the name End Citizens United originated from. This ruling of Supreme Court has meaningfully boosted the involvement of corporations to fund politicians by offering huge contributions to their campaigns hence making them able to form super PACs with the ability to spend and raise huge amounts.

 

This PAC has endorsed one of the politicians, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, for re-elections come 2018. He has been vocal about the campaign finance reforms by advocating for transparency when it comes to political spending and donations. He has even gone ahead to publish a book called ‘Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.’ Democrat Senator Whitehouse has even looked into Neil Gorsuch who is a Supreme Court Justice about the millions of unexplained money used to support his nominations. This was not met very well by the Republicans such as Representative John Loughlin who hit back with the same accusations about the dark money used for Democrat campaigns. Whitehouse has also received opposition from other Republicans such Rep. Robert Nadillo of Coventry State and Justice Robert Flanders, a former Supreme Court judge who will battle it out in the next elections for the senatorial position.

 

This PAC has devoted itself to making sure that the people or organizations with hefty checkbooks do not interfere with the politics of the USA. It has contributed more than $4 million in three months and is looking up to $ 35 million in contributions coming 2018 midterm elections. This PAC is headed by Tiffany Muller who is the president and the executive director of the group. She had announced that about 100,000 people are committed to their cause by contribution, the majority of who contribute for the first time she is determined when it comes to making sure huge contributors to politics do not rig the system by having the bigger influence. This has been made sure by Tiffany that nobody contributes more than $5000 to End Citizens United per donor.

 

Contributors to the End Citizens United has been advised to raise half a million dollars towards the campaigns of Jon Ossof. He is a first-time Democrat congressman political candidate in Georgia. Jon Ossof pulled an amazing surprise to many politicians by raising more than $4 million for the campaign to fill a vacant seat in the Republican House. This was left vacant by the appointment of Tom Price as A Secretary of Health and Human Services. This PAC is pushing for its agenda, and it might eventually succeed.

 

End Citizens United Wants To End Corporate Influence In Elections

It all started with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, where the United States Supreme Court stated that political expenditures by corporations and unions were free speech, therefore corporations could engage in unlimited election spending. The political action group End Citizens United wants to overturn Citizens United, ending the idea that corporations are people engaging in political speech when they contribute to Super PACs. As a political action committee (PAC), End Citizens United champions candidates that support campaign finance reform, especially candidates who are at a disadvantage as special interest groups back their opponent.

 

Nothing short of a constitutional amendment will alter the Supreme Court’s decision, which has not been done since 1992. Undaunted, End Citizens United focuses on raising public awareness regarding campaign finance reform. Passing a constitutional amendment requires two-thirds support from the House and the Senate, with three-fourths of the states ratifying the amendment. For now, End Citizens United works to get Democratic candidates who are sympathetic to the cause elected. During elections, End Citizens United lists the candidates that they are currently supporting.

 

Started in 2015, End Citizens United took in over $2 million in donations their first month. The donations were primarily small amounts, the direct opposite of the Super PACS that were unleashed after Citizens United decision. Super PACs gather unlimited donations, which they use to promote a candidate. End Citizens United says that this undisclosed political spending hurts the average American who cannot fight big money.

 

According to the End Citizens United website, the PAC has 3,000,000 members and they have raised $26 million from 270,000 donors. Finding new members isn’t difficult for End Citizens United since according to a recent survey of 1,000 registered voters indicated that only eighteen percent of voters favor Citizens United, while the majority oppose it. Voters also believe that groups using special interest money in elections are more of an issue than terrorism. People worry about billionaires influencing elections, however, End Citizens United wants to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision and bring transparency back by supporting Democratic candidates who will fight for election reform at all levels of government.

Protesters call for recall vote on Maduro

The move to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continues, with opposition party legislators chaining themselves to the stair rails of the nation’s election board in Caracas, according to a Reuters story. With growing tensions, this is the latest move in their attempt to get Maduro out of office.
So far socialist government supporting institutions led by Jose Manuel Gonzalez are blocking their efforts as they are raised. The latest protest erupted when the opposition tried to get papers to start a recall process, (videos on Youtube). The national election board has been putting off any action, and the nation’s supreme court has sided with the government by striking down laws to control the socialists in office.

To get a recall, they would have to gather 4 million signatures says Jose Manuel, but the paperwork has to be filed first. They are protesting not being allowed to do so.

Maduro was elected to a six year term in 2013. The nation’s constitution allows a recall after three years if there are enough signatures calling for one. If Maduro left office, on his own or after a recall, there would be an immediate new presidential election. If Maduro serves four years and then leaves office, his vice president would take over. His vice president is seen as even more socialistic than Maduro, and the opposition dislikes him even more than Maduro.

Maduro was part of Hugo Chavez’ government and sought to continue Chavez’ policies. Maduro says the opposition, and big business along with the United States, are trying to oust him.