In 2010, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that sent shock waves across the country. It was the kind of ruling that comes out once in a generation. The case was Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the ruling favored Citizens United. The situation stems from the 2008 presidential campaign and how donor contributions should be reported. A recent article on the website XRepublic discusses the case, ruling, and ramifications of the case in greater detail.
The case began when Citizens United was going to run a 90 minute film attacking Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. The FEC determined this film to simply be a long campaign ad, and required Citizens United to reveal the donor. In response, the FEC was sued and the case worked up to the Supreme Court. The court ruling essentially defends the first amendment, but the real issue is how wealthy or foreign donors can participate in political campaigns and remain anonymous. The group trying to overturn the decision finds this especially dangerous.
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Now with new rules in affect, political campaigns could be swayed to the Republican party. The average party member has more money than their Democrat counterparts and will no longer be held liable for any ad they choose to run. It would also likely increase the number of television and radio ads going out during the election season. There has been outrage over the ruling from many public organizations, including the newly formed End Citizens United. The wealthy can spend more and not have to disclose any information.
This is where the organization End Citizens United comes into play. They are run by a large team with a diverse and rich background into the world politics and fundraising. End Citizens United has created a simple two-step plan to lead to the overturning of the supreme court’s ruling. Step 1 is to find and support candidates who believe in fairer election laws. Once elected, step 2 is take action to remove the ruling. This is a long process, but End Citizens United is ready for the long fight.
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Informed voters always make the right decision. That’s why a political action committee known as End Citizens United has teamed up with Beto O’Rourke to educate you about campaign finance. Beto O’Rourke has been serving in Congress for the state of Texas and is now running against conservative incumbent Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in the 2018 midterms. And you just have to follow the money in order to be informed about these two candidates. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
Beto O’Rourke, who has been endorsed by End Citizens United, only takes small donations from individual citizens. This is what fuels his campaign and he has been able to raise almost as much money as Ted Cruz. The source of these funds allows him to go to Washington in order to fight for the people of Texas and nobody else. He is not beholden to interstate businesses or large corporations like Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz, on the other hand, takes millions of dollars worth of donations from massive corporations and it is all protected by Citizens United. The Supreme Court decision ruled that corporations can spend an unlimited amount of cash to help influence elections. They found that corporations are people with First Amendment protections and that those corporations express their freedom of speech through spending. Ted Cruz takes advantage of this legal loophole to do the bidding of big business in Washington. Ted Cruz is the swamp. Follow the group on facebook.com.
Beto O’Rourke and End Citizens United want to see an end to this practice. They both believe that individual citizens have the power of the vote and corporations should have no influence over election cycles. They also believe that politicians become corrupt when they accept donations from corporations because they fall under heavy pressure from the large donor.
The recent End Citizens United poll shows that the Democratic challenger is on the heels of Ted Cruz. This is optimistic news as we are just months away from the 2018 midterm elections. And Beto O’Rourke could upset the longtime conservative senator from Texas if he receives enough online individual donations to combat the GOP’s negative attack ads.