In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling that would change the scope of elections funding in American politics. The case was Citizens United vs. Federal Elections committee. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that corporations were just like people and thus protected under the First Amendment. Campaign funding according to the court is a form of speech therefore protected under the first amendment. This ruling is based on a 1976 decision that campaign spending was a form of expression.
End Citizens United was founded on 1st March 2015, getting its funding from the grassroots. Its establishment was so as to fight Citizens United. End Citizens United says that the 2010 Supreme Court ruling introduced dark money into United States politics and they are therefore seeking a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Committee ruling. End Citizen United is also dedicated to reforms in campaign finance and fight the buying of elections by wealthy individuals who only seek to push their personal agenda and not the nations. They also aim to work to pass pro-reform laws by working with ballot measures campaigns and use membership from the grassroots to flex their political power.
End Citizens United also support candidates who share their pro-reform ideologies to get into congress and the House of Representatives. For them, the issue of money in politics is a priority nationally and should concern every citizen who values democracy and transparency in leadership.
End Citizens United president, Tiffany Muller, disclosed that they had raised over $7.5 million by mid-2017 through grassroots donations. They want to use this funds to back candidates financially by setting up an expenditure arm that is independent and starts enacting campaign finance reforms from local to state level of governance. The End Citizens United ensures that the public is aware of the 2010 Supreme Court decision mounting pressure on political actors and the Supreme Court not to make such decisions in future. With thousands of followers on social media i.e. Twitter and Facebook, they ensure that their message reaches even the millennials who are not concerned with politics gaining a larger support base in the process.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 6, 2017
Recently, End Citizens United has come out to protest against the plan to repeal the Johnson Amendment by a section of politicians allied to President Donald Trump. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in the year 1954 and sought to curb institutions and organizations such as churches that are exempt from taxation from campaigning and funding a candidate in politics. End Citizens United is mobilizing its members and public, in general, educating them on election funding for them to be aware of the potential repeal of the Johnson Amendment. Read more on End Citizens United Explains Why We Need to Re-Evaluate Our Campaign Finance Rules:https://technewsspy.com/2017/10/06/end-citizens-united-explains-why-we-need-to-re-evaluate-our-campaign-finance-rules/