End Citizens United Aims to Do Just That

The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission reverberated through US politics. Active opposition to the ruling remains strong.

A recent article on the XRepublic website shed some light on the matter. Citizens United was one of those cases that had not only immediate but ongoing impact — similar to cases like Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education. While Roe and Brown have permanently changed American politics, End Citizens United will fight to avoid such permanent consequences from Citizens United. Find out more about End Citizens United at indeed.com

End Citizens United is one of several political organizations that are fighting to overturn Citizens United. Founded in 2015, End Citizens United hopes to lead that fight.

In 2008, while Hillary Clinton was campaigning in the Democratic primaries, Citizens United aired a 90 minutes long film attacking Clinton. The FEC ruled it a political ad. Federal law at that time required that Citizens United reveal who funded the ad. Citizens United refused.

Citizens United disagreed and sued the FEC. But the judgment in federal court went against Citizens United. Fast forward to 2010. Obama is president, and the Supreme Court overruled the lower court’s ruling. The ruling effectively gave First Amendment rights of free speech to corporations.

Since many US companies are, in truth, multinational corporations, their new freedom to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political action committees was troubling to many Americans. Many believed it gave conservatives an immediate advantage, as their perception was that conservatives and the GOP had deeper ties to economic elites.

Suffice it to say the fight was on immediately, and that it’s been on ever since. Organizations like the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and the Sunlight Foundation are united with End in their zeal to roll back Citizens United.

While End Citizens United would love to see the Constitution amended to solve the problem, they realize a more practical approach is needed now. So they will attack Citizens United in two ways. Firstly, help candidates who favor campaign finance reform. Secondly, take any legally permissible actions they can to repeal Citizens United.

In keeping with their core principles, the End organization relies on the kind of grassroots fundraising that Howard Dean pioneered, and that Barack Obama used so effectively in his presidential campaigns. Visit: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/end-citizens-united/ 




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