The ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010 completely changed the election landscape in the American history. According to the Supreme Court judges, corporate are people. This ruling has opened up a number of complications including accountability and transparency issues with lots of untraceable money entering America’s election. This, however, is bound to change thanks to organizations such as End Citizens United.
Founded on 1st March 2015, End Citizen United is a Political Action Committee financed by the American people. This organization is cut out to counter the corruption that infested American election finance system by battling big money in politics and additionally electing campaign finance champions who will help pass the state ballot measures.
Well for some this may look like a far-fetched dream, however, if the recent reports are anything to go by the future is bright for the Americans. According to USATODAY’s publications, End Citizen United is doing a tremendous work in driving out the big chunks of money out of politics. For the past quarter of the year, the organization has so far raised more than $4 million and projects to raise over $35 million before the 2018 Congress elections. Compared to last year financial statistics, this will be an increase from the $25 million the organization raised for the 2016 elections.
According to Tiffany Muller, the PAC’s President and Executive Director, the average contribution to the group this year is $12. The group’s maximum donation from an individual donor is pegged at $5,000. This is in an effort to say and act on their commitment to driving out the huge amounts of money flooding the American politics.
This doesn’t stop here, upon collecting enough money, PAC channels its resources by collaborating with other organization and individuals to help promote its ideologies. One such individual is Democrat Jon Ossoff, a first-time political candidate in Georgia. Thanks to the organization and its supporters, Ossoff 30 years of age has amazed most people by raising the more than $4 million to fill in the Republican House seat in suburban Atlanta that felt vacant after the appointment of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Even with the appreciation that unlimited money is bad money for the political environment, End Citizen United’s quest does not stop at merely controlling the amounts of money used in politics but also influencing the policies behind it through supporting like-minded candidates. Though the group is yet to decide on the course to take come 2018, the chances are that it will play a role in defending Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jon Tester of Montana and continue spreading its message about the influence of money in politics.