End Citizens United Combating Corruption In US Politics

Back in 2016, it became apparent that a Russian business had purchased political ads the Facebook platform, the point of which was to sway the results of the 2016 election. Since then the company Kremlin has been under investigation to figure out its connection to Trump as it was advertising for him.

Even though some of the results are inconclusive and investigations continue, officials are starting to see clear connections between Kremlin and Trump. Americans are divided on the matter, however. Some are unshaped by the possibility of outside influences on the election and falsified results. Others are alarmed by the fact that foreign businesses can swoop in and medal in US politics just like that.

The corruption in the US politics was exacerbated back in 2010 when the Supreme Court passed on the decision of Citizens United according to mothershipstrategies.com. The case classified political donations to be ”speech”. The decision put an equal sign between companies and individuals and allowed companies to make large contributions to political campaigns. That means that according to the constitution, corporations, advocacy groups, and labor unions can funnel unlimited sums of money into political campaigns and influence the political outcomes. Winning now depends on how many companies a candidate can draw to their side more than anything else.

Read more: Activist Investigations Uncover Russian Meddling According to End Citizens United

So, why is that a problem? For starters, corruption can fly high and untamed. There is no requirement to put a cap on donations, and so companies can freely pour money into campaigns. In order to add some balance to that chaos, Democrats have made a number of proposals to counteract the uncontrolled political spending. Some of those suggestions were the DISCLOSE act, By the People reform package, as well as the Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act. Part of those proposals also includes the overturning of Citizens United.

In order to assure that the decision Citizens United is revoked, the political action committee (PAC) End Citizens United started operating in 2014. It has had a successful run so far, and the group is only getting started. End Citizens United has been openly talking about the problems that are painfully obvious in U. S. politics. The political climate has changed drastically, and that has brought a number of sores on the thumb of society.

End Citizens United has raised nearly 7 million dollars so far in 2017 and are still going strong. The leader is Tiffany Muller. The average contribution has been 12 dollars which is impressive compared to other organizations of the kind. The political action group predicts that it will exceed the achievement from last year and fundraise well over 30 million dollars by the start of the 2018 midterm elections. That is ten million dollars more than what they raised last year.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://ballotpedia.org/End_Citizens_United_PAC

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