We know that big money and special interests in the political realm are a problem, especially in the United States. Billionaire donors are going out of their way to fundamentally sway entire elections, subverting the will of the people and breaking the concept of democracy. The problem of money in politics may seem like an enduring one but the truth is that it hasn’t always been this way. We can go back as recently as 2010 to see where it all got started: Citizens United.
Citizens United is a conservative group that lobbied the Supreme Court in order to loosen the strings of financial regulation on campaign contributions. Their surface reason was for ‘freedom’ but the deeper reason was obvious: to give millionaire and billionaire donors the chance to fundamentally sway election campaigns. Somehow Citizens United passed the smell test and the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. That was only seven years ago but the country is still in shambles.
Since this Supreme Court ruling there have been numerous PACs that have sprouted up in order to attack this ruling but few have been very successful. End Citizens United is run by President Tiffany Muller, a former adviser to Democrats in the Senate. Muller has been able to get things going in a big way, generating interest and bringing in sizable contributions from everyday Americans looking to fight back against the oppressive ruling class. Muller cites the rise of Donald Trump and the anger of independents and progressives as the primary driving force behind her success.
The goal for 2017 is for End Citizens United to raise a staggering $35 million. Through the first three months of the year the team at End Citizens United managed to raise over 100,000 individual donations that totaled out to nearly $4 million. These donations came from everyday Americans who felt that they were losing sight of their country and being ignored in favor of people like Donald Trump and the billionaire Koch Brothers. These donations allow End Citizens United to endorse legislators who will actively fight against the Citizens United decision in the Supreme Court.
After endorsing Jon Ossoff in his exciting run in Georgia, a deep red state, End Citizens United has gotten back to work with finding more politicians to reach out to. Most recently End Citizens United endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the top Democrats in the entire Senate. Senator Warren is one of the most popular Democrats on Capitol Hill and she may one day actually run for President. Warren is vocally anti-Citizens United and has promised to attack campaign finance reform. Senator Warren and End Citizens United make a perfect match and could be a game changer in the future.