How End Citizens United is Fighting For American Voting Rights

The world has quietly been watching as a hidden fight for the rights of American citizens has been going on underneath the surface of Washington D.C. We are, of course, talking about the role of dark money and special interests in United States government. Now, more than ever, it has been made possible for millionaires and billionaires to flood money into the political realm, buying off legislators at every level of the government. The reason for this unbridled and unmitigated attack on voting rights is due to the group called Citizens. Citizens United is a conservative group that lobbied the Supreme Court to allow corporations to make massive donations to campaigns. The hearing with the Supreme Court was back in 2010 and since then grassroots foundations have been fighting to undo the damage. Leading the way has been Tiffany Muller and the political action committee End Citizens United.

End Citizens United is a political action committee that has been fueled largely by donations from every-day, average Americans. Rather than catering to special interests and corporations, End Citizens United has turned to Americans of all financial demographics in order to fight back against the oppressive Supreme Court ruling. The battle is more important than ever now that a hostile President Trump is in the White House. Through the first quarter of Trump’s presidency, starting with his inauguration, End Citizens United started to see an incredible amount of donations and grassroots support flow through their foundation. As a result, End Citizens United was able to raise $4 million in just three months. Their goal is to raise enough money, in the realm of $35 million, in time to help progressive politicians during the 2018 Congressional races.

In order to undo the damage done by the Citizens United ruling, there needs to be high-level legislators willing to champion campaign finance reform. That is why End Citizens United has made it a habit of endorsing progressives who are willing to fight for campaign finance reform. Most recently End Citizens United went on record to endorse Congresswoman KyrstenSinema. Sinema is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona and her platform is primarily focused on fixing the problems that have come about due to the Citizens United ruling. Sinema says, “Arizonans are sick and tired of a broken Washington selling them out to special interest donors.” Sinema went on to explain how her goal is to work alongside End Citizens United to “return the power and voice back to the people of Arizona.”

End Citizens United has also endorsed 11 other progressive legislators including Senator Elizabeth Warren. The time is now for a difference to be made in politics and End Citizens United is leading the charge.

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Democrats Fighting For Reforms

End Citizens United recently announced their endorsement of Doug Jones for US Senate. Jones, who is a former US attorney, will run against Roy Moore in the Alabama special elections, which are scheduled to be held on December 12, 2017. These elections are taking place because Jeff Sessions, who held the position, was appointed as the US Attorney General.

ECU described Roy Moore as an extremist with a racist whose agendas are bigote, and one who will support the system in Washington, which, they think, is corrupt rigged. They are of the view that his extreme ideology goes against America’s value and those of Alabama.

They feel that, instead of prioritizing Alabama politics in Washington, Moore will give Big Money special interests. They are also of the opinion that Moore has had bad history with Alabamians, where he has, in the past, embarrassed them and, on top of that, paid himself more than one million dollars from a charity fund which he was in charge of. They feel that Doug is a man of integrity, has experience as a prosecutor and will take the same approach, of defending what is right, at the Congress and better the lives of Americans as a whole.

According to Doug Jones, for the broken system to be amended, the country needs reforms that will prioritize the every-day Alabamians instead of those that prioritize deep pockets. ECU claims that Moore is associated with special interest donors. He even has the support of the Senate Leadership Fund and his campaign is being supported by, according to ECU, secretive dark money organizations, for example, Public Advocate, a known radical anti-LGBT group.

When Moore was a judge, he was suspended and finally removed from office for prioritizing his personal opinions over the rule of law. He was of the idea that President Obama was not born in America and felt that the 9/11 attack was a punishment to the American people.

Jones, on the other hand, used his position as a US attorney to bring the individuals who were involved with the Street Baptism Church bombing to justice. The ECU feels that he is passionate about getting rid of Big Money in the political scene and giving those who have been shut out of the process a voice.

ECU describes itself as an organization which is dedicated to electing members who will pass meaningful campaign finance reforms in Congress, a move which will eliminate unlimited, undisclosed money from our political system. The group was established in 2015, is funded by grassroots donors and aims at showing the elected officials, voters, officials and the press that grassroots are pushing back against the undermining of campaign finance laws. It currently has over three million members.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the organization.

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