If you have enough age to vote in the United States, and if you’ve already voted more than once, you have probably noticed how the political system awkward rules that allow for many billionaires in the country to boost the reach of their favorite candidates. Why is that? Why does the United States allow for magnates to fund candidates with money and influence?
This was not always the case. It all began with the approval of a landmark, in 2010, that changed politics forever. The landmark was called “Citizens United,” and it had the intention of promoting freedom of speech. However, there was a bigger problem at stake that hadn’t been noticed by the politicians that approved the landmark. With the freedom of speech, unconscious funding would become the norm for many of the political disputes in the future.
With the Citizens United, the U.S. has entered a state where many billionaires and people of power are funding the campaigns of their favorite political candidates and Democrats. They use funding from organizations, institutions, and committees to raise money for the campaigns of those candidates, thus naturally boosting their reach and influence in the elections.
That has been noticed in 2004’s Bush campaign for Presidency, and it was also present in 2016’s dispute of Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. Magnates like George Soros, one of the most prominent billionaires in the world, were seen funding the campaign of Hillary Clinton against Trump.
With the country experiencing corrupted elections and many candidates with corporations behind their actions, there are organizations that are trying to change this reality and raising awareness of the issue.
This is the case of End Citizens United, a political action committee that focuses on reversing the effects of the Citizens United landmark and to raise awareness while raising funds from American citizens to combat politicians that approve the landmark.
In 2016, they have raised money from thousands of members and grassroots donors in the United States, and the same scenario is happening in 2017 but of much greater magnitude. The group believes that, by the beginning of 2018, the number will more than duplicate itself, with hundreds of thousands of donors helping the group raise awareness of the Citizens United problem. For more info about us: https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00573261 click here.
In 2017, the committee was able to elect Jon Ossoff, a pro-reform Democrat. Jon Ossoff agreed to raise awareness of the Citizens United situation once he was inside the political system, and that is exactly what he did. The End Citizens United group is using the campaign-funding problem to elect pro-reform politicians on their own, illustrating the bigger picture to their enemies as well. The truth is: Both sides can abuse the Citizens United political state, but it is very unhealthy for the country.
With the help of the End Citizens United PAC, many Americans are raising their voice about wanting for the landmark to be changed or removed completely.