Politics today is characterized by big corporations pouring millions into the campaigns of Republican candidates. Corporations were once banned from doing this, but it was made possible after a Supreme Court ruling in favor of Citizens United. The ruling made it possible for corporations to exercise the First Amendment as if they were individuals. As a result of the ruling corporations could give huge amounts of money to campaigns through advertising dollars and never have to reveal their contributions to the public.
End Citizens United was formed five years after the ruling on March 1, 2015. Its goal was to put an end to the unfair advantage gained by those backed by huge corporations and big money. The U.S. government was designed by our forefathers to be of the people and by the people. Corporations are not individuals and they shouldn’t be given the same rights.
The Supreme Court however, disagreed with this concept. Now, the billions of dollars available to corporations are being employed to help Republican congressional and presidential candidates win their elections. The Republicans have fostered deep ties with the wealthy elite and were positioned perfectly to take full advantage of the Citizens United ruling. Corporations like Wal-Mart, Amway and Koch Industries are known to be Republican supporters and they have billions at their disposal.
Those billions regularly fund advertisements for the Republican Party. Consequently, the fight for campaign reform intensifies. End Citizens United is one of the most adamant forces fighting back. They have backed many Democratic candidates that agree to fight the Citizens United ruling and to fight for campaign reform.
Including End Citizens United, these Democratic candidates are backed by the public-at-large and the following organizations: American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), The Sunlight Foundation, the League of Women Voters and the Center for Political Accountability. The ultimate goal of all these groups is to change the Amendment to read that free speech is confined to the individual and not to be bestowed upon corporations.
This will once again level the playing field in politics, so that big money cannot sway opinions with a bombardment of advertising. Another goal of End Citizens United is to shorten the campaign term. The last presidential campaign lasted a total of 597 days. The average congressional campaign lasts well over six months to a year. In that time, the public is bombarded with advertisements, debates and polling. End Citizens United simply wants to level the playing field between all candidates, shorten the campaigning period and give the governing power back to the individual U.S. citizen.
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