End Citizens United has been working diligently since 2015 to encourage reform when it comes to campaign financing. Big Money has always been influential in politics, but in recent years the problem has been becoming worse according to End Citizens United and citizens are not being kept informed about where the funding is coming from.
They were created after a 2010 decision by the Supreme Court that allowed Citizens United to not have to reveal the sources that funded their controversial film based on Hillary Clinton. They believe that political power is tipped to favor Big Money 20 and the organizations that provide it to politics instead of the citizens of the United States.
The decision by the Supreme Court allowed so-called “Super PAC’s” to collect as much money as they can without disclosing their sources. They believe that politician and former CEO of Columbia/HCA Rick Scott is using these loopholes to fund his own campaign for a seat in the Senate. While super PAC’s are not illegal, it is illegal for a PAC to fund any individual politician’s campaign. The PAC in question is known as the New Republican PAC, which Rick Scott happened to hold the position of Chairman before his campaign. End Citizens United alleges that Rick Scott did not break ties from the New Republican PAC when his campaign began. In fact, their website still listed him as their Chairman in early 2018 despite his insistence that he no longer served in the position.
When Rick Scott help the position of CEO at Columbia/HCA, the company was fined $1.7 billion due to fraudulent practices involving the billing of Medicare. While Rick Scott resigned from the company after being disgraced, he himself was able to avoid personal charges by invoking his rights according to the Fifth Amendment. The Florida governor is being closely watched by End Citizens United who has released documentation supporting their claims of illegal campaign financing. With his past history involving fraudulent activity, they do not believe it is very far-fetched that Rick Scott would be skirting the law in order to achieve his political goals.
The influence of the corporate world in the election campaigns has been tremendous in the past couple of decades. Most of the huge corporations have been spending an unimaginable sum of money in the elections that have directly influenced the outcome of the election campaigns. The use of the corporate money in the elections is something that has been going on for many decades, but the Supreme Court decision in the lawsuit filed by Citizens United against F.E.C made it easier for the corporate money to flow into the elections. The verdict by the Supreme Court says that the individuals and the corporations can spend as much money as they want in the polls without any restrictions. There is no cap as to how much money the companies or an individual can spend on elections.
It is necessary for some amount of accountability to be present to ensure there is no misuse of funds and the elections don’t become vulnerable or susceptible to external influence. One of the prominent organizations that have been protesting against the Supreme Court decision on campaign finance rules is the End Citizens United. The End Citizens United wants that greater awareness is created among the people about how big money is using its influence in the country’s election and its outcome. The amount of money spent on elections makes it a substantial fancy affair that attracts the masses and the political side that spends more money generally ends up winning the election campaign as well. In any case, the End Citizens United demands that the Supreme Court decision be overturned, or necessary modifications are made to the ruling.
The End Citizens United was started by Tiffany Mueller, who is the President of this hugely popular PAC. It has been collecting donations from the everyday people from across the country, and it aims to back the political candidates that support the reform in the campaign finance rules. It would help in making the elections more fair, transparent, and accountable. The special elections are being held at the 18th Congressional District, and Democrat Conor Lamb would be fighting against its rival Rick Saccone representing the Republican side. Rick Saccone has been surrounded by controversies when his extramarital affair came into the limelight. Even worse was the fact that even after being against abortion for a long time, he asked his girlfriend to abort the child.
End Citizens United has openly announced their support for the Democrat Conor Lamb. However, as of now, the PAC has not announced how much money they would be spending to support his election campaign. End Citizens United aims to continue to support the democrat political candidates who are in support of the reform in the campaign finance rules.