End Citizens United was founded in March, 2015. The reason it was created was to fight the unfair ruling of the Supreme Court in 2010 in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Yes, that’s right the Supreme Court’s unfair ruling. It’s hard to believe after the victories of Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education that the Supreme Court would make a decision that toppled the power of the people in our national elections.
Clearly, the Supreme Court was somehow moved to allow corporations the same rights as individuals. They were given the right to free speech as written in the First Amendment of the Constitution. This ruling then went so far as to state, corporations could support political candidates through advertisements. Not only could they pour big money into campaigns, they didn’t have to divulge that they were contributing the money.
End Citizens United was created to level the playing field for all political candidates. After the decision, the party in the best position to take advantage of the ruling, was the Republican party. They had the most ties with super rich donors like the Walton family of Wal-Mart wealth and the Koch Brothers of Koch Industries, the number one and two largest corporations in America.
The Supreme Court ruling threatened to give corporations more influence over who would be elected than the people, because of their enormous wealth. The individual vote would be influenced by the relentless print, radio and TV ads financed by the super wealthy while the hard working candidate of principal would get lost in the fray because they couldn’t raise the same campaign dollars. This meant many Democrats couldn’t compete against the highly backed Republican candidates.
End Citizens United decided to back those Democratic candidates that believed campaign reform was needed. Unfortunately, they found few Republican candidates that wanted reform. Most Americans do not agree that the PACs should have so much influence on our elections. The public is in accord with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the League of Women Voters, The Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Political Accountability. They’re all against the Citizens United ruling.
Until the Supreme Court reverses its 2010 Citizens United decision and campaign finance reform finally levels out the playing field, End Citizens United will continue to support candidates who are willing to fight the decision. It’s proving to be a valiant effort with many successes in the wake of End Citizens United’s efforts. Since 2015, Democratic candidates backed by ECU have won their elections despite their opponents being supported by big money from corporations.