Why End Citizens United Wants To Reform Campaign Financing Laws

The political world was shocked when the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010. People are still working out even today what the long-term effect is of that ruling and many people and organizations remain opposed to the court’s ruling, such as the PAC End Citizens United.

Over the years there have been some very consequential cases the Supreme Court has ruled on which have been both immediately controversial and having a wide impact. Some of these have been the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision regarding abortion and the Brown v. Board of Education ruling which said that putting black and white children in different schools was against the constitution.

Citizens United was one of these rulings which has already directly impacted money and politics.

Citizens United is a conservative organization which in 2008 wanted to air a film attacking Hillary Clinton while she was running for president. The Federal Election Commission had issued a ruling that this film was a campaign ad for all intents and purposes. As such they had to reveal who paid for the ad and how much it cost to air it in order to comply with the law, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Citizens United decided to sue the Federal Election Commission rather than reveal who had paid for this film. The court ruled in favor of the Federal Election Commission and this was appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court. Incredulously to many, the majority decision was that corporations have the same right to free speech as people do, despite corporations not even existing back when the constitution was written.

In the wake of this ruling, End Citizens United formed as a political action committee. They want to put back in place sane campaign financing laws. Right now corporations can spend as much as they want to elect politicians and can do so under the cloak of anonymity. This has resulted in obscene amounts of money being used to elect politicians by corporations, most of them Republicans.

End Citizens United supports people running for political seats who want to put back in place reasonable limits on what corporations can spend on political campaigns. They were first active in the 2016 elections and have been very active in the runup to the 2018 elections. They financially support and endorse candidates who pledge to advance meaningful campaign reform.

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