It is no surprise that the landscape of American elections is rapidly changing. In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in the Citizen United v. F.E.C. court case that corporations are people. How does this affect our future elections? The result of this landmark case is that it now provides a legal basis for special interest groups and billionaires to spend an unlimited amount of money on elections on alternet.org. Not only that, but this money will be untraceable. There is no longer a structure in place for these people and corporations to be accountable for their donation funds or have transparency.
What does this mean? Without accountability, large corporations and billionaires such as Koch Brother are free to attempt to use their money and power to tip the balance of political power in their favor. The attempt to unbalance our political system through the use of unlimited funds needs to be contested. There are those ready to fight back. As of March 1st, 2015, a Political Action Committee funded by grassroots donors was created, End Citizens United. This group is committed and dedicated to taking action against Citizens United and creating reform to our campaign finance system.
How is End Citizen United going to make a difference? With support from people like you who are ready to make a difference. Our current level of support:
• 3,000,000 members
• 270,000 donors
• $1,800,000 in contributions
• $26 million raised
The time is “NOW” to fight back. In order to counter the devastating effects of Citizen United, End Citizen United will make a statement and let officials, candidates, the press and voters know that this grassroots organization is ready to fight back. This will be accomplished by taking a stand against the brazen billionaires who have now been given free rein to attempt to buy our elections. It is only through building a broad coalition on Facebook, working toward reform for campaign finance and putting pressure on lawmakers to take action, that this atrocity can be halted.
The main mission of End Citizen United is to combat and dismantle Big Money’s hand in our political system. In order to prevent rigged political outcomes, we need to elect campaign reformers and pass state ballot measures. By supporting key campaign reform champions on LinkedIn, we can support Democrats in important races to reform our campaign finance system, thus ending the Dark Money corruption. We will get behind and support Democratic candidates who are under attack by dark money groups and corporations such as Koch Brothers. The corruption has to be stopped. End Citizen United will endorse champions for change in our finance reform efforts. Chose to make a difference and be a part of this growing and important grassroots effort.