In a recent Reporter Expert article, the author examines the hard work that the End Citizens United organization is doing to help improve campaign finance laws in America.
When the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2010 that corporations have the same right of free speech that is afforded to individuals, the American political landscape was changed dramatically. No longer would government limitations on corporate influence in elections be in place. Because of this court ruling, political campaign contributions can now be more anonymous and without financial limits.
#ABetterDeal will overhaul our broken campaign finance system:
1. Amplify regular people by matching small donations with public finds
2. Shine a light on dark money
3. Pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. pic.twitter.com/butAO0c7VL
— Every Voice (@EveryVoice) May 22, 2018
The court case that the Supreme Court ruled on originally concerned another organization named Citizens United. This conservative group had attempted to air a negative television film regarding Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.
When the Federal Election Commission ruled that Citizens United’s film about Hillary Clinton was essentially an hour-long campaign ad, the conservative organization refused to say who was covering the costs of producing and airing the film.
The Citizens United group filed a lawsuit attempting to have the campaign finance decision overturned, but a federal court upheld the earlier ruling. Then, two years later, the federal court ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court’s extension of the right of free speech to corporations surprised and shocked many people. With political campaigns at all levels already exercising negative and ugly advertising tactics, such a ruling would only make it easier for political donors to finance these ads without having to take responsibility for them.
Along with organizations such as the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union, the End Citizens United grassroots political action committee is focusing on keeping American political campaigns honest and ethical.
While the eventual goal of End Citizens United is to see the Citizens United court decision overturned, the PAC is also supporting political candidates who are committed to implementing and maintaining fair and transparent campaign finance laws.
The End Citizens United group is proving to be very popular with American citizens, with a donor base of more than 380,000 people. The organization has already endorsed more than 120 candidates across America in 2018, and recently increased the size of its staff.
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