The Reasons Behind The Establishment Of End Citizens United

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Citizens, Politics | Posted on 17-05-2018

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The left-leaning political group, End Citizens United has been building support for its work attempting to protect the remaining election finance regulations for three years since its establishment in 2015. The main aim of the left-leaning PAC is to overturn the divisive Citizens United decision but it has also begun to play a major role in the wider world of U.S. politics including the protection of the Johnson Amendment and the development of a pledge designed to ensure candidates endorsed by the group do not accept funding from special interest groups.

Alongside the work being completed by End Citizens United in national and local elections, the desire to continue fighting for the end of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision remains strong. Understanding the reasons why the PAC came into existence is one of the key aspects of the continued fight for election victories for Democrats in the view of ECU President Tiffany Muller. The power of so-called “mega-donors” such as the Koch Brothers has been expanding since the decision of the Supreme Court in 2010 as conservative special interest groups have continued to become more influential than ever before and threaten the democracy of the U.S.

The basics of the ruling of 2010 date back to an attempt by the Citizens United group to screen what the Federal Election Committee referred to as a 90-minute campaign ad titled, “Hillary: The Movie.” The FEC barred the screening of the movie and were then taken to court by Citizens United and their supporters who wanted the ruling to be overturned; after a Federal Court backed the FEC decision the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Citizens United group by a single vote in a 5-4 decision.

One of the main reasons End Citizens United back Democrats in elections is the fact they are deemed friendlier to enacting election finance change as Republicans are the ones who have benefitted most from Citizens United gaining their Supreme Court victory. Super PACs and special interest groups have managed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars without allowing the public of the U.S. the chance to learn about the reality of the Supreme Court decision.

End Citizens United is as much an educational tool as it is a political group with the news of greater levels of support for Democrats in traditionally Republican areas linked directly to left-leaning candidates providing their support for the work being done by the PAC and for greater restrictions of election campaign funding.

About End Citizens United: docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00573261

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