Money in politics has long been a source of bipartisan ire. Every election, many Americans grade each candidate by the metric of how much money they have received from various big businesses, lobbyists, and Super PACs. This was especially obvious in the last election with the attacks that were lobbied against Hillary Clinton. This issue became all the more inflamed when in 2010, the landmark decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was decided by the Supreme Court, granting corporations “corporate personhood”. Corporate personhood allows corporations to funnel money into election campaigns and effectively buy candidates elections. While many people have spoken out against this decision in the intervening years, there is now someone who is fighting to see that an end is put to “corporate personhood”.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that is funded by grassroots donors and has been making waves lately in their fight to see that corporations are no longer permitted to have the undue influence that the decision allowed them. They are fighting to see reform on a national and state level by working to see pro-reform ballot measures and by backing pro-reform candidates. The ultimate end goal of the organization is to see an amendment to the constitution which would reverse the Supreme Court decision. While this might seem like a lofty pipedream to some, any movement the PAC can make towards the amendment would be a victory for the country.
Recently the PAC threw its weight behind Doug Jones, a former US attorney, who is running against Roy Moore, a former state supreme justice and firebrand for the alt-right, in the special election to fill Jeff Session’s vacant Senate seat. They are also supporting a wall of “Champions of Campaign Finance Reform” the full list- which is located on their website- includes politicians from Elizabeth Warren- outspoken advocate of campaign finance reform for many years and darling of progressive millennials- to Randy Bryce- an army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker who is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan’s re-election bid.
End Citizens United is extremely active across social media and is becoming an incredibly present political voice in progressive politics.
Learn more about End Citizens United: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/09/28/end-citizens-united-endorses-doug-jones-senate/