End Citizens United, or ECU, has earned a reputation as the political action committee that will not quit. Their formation was a swift response to a very controversial Supreme Court decision centered around Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission. When the Supreme Court issued their initial decision, founders of the ECU knew that they needed to do something in order to soften the ramifications of such a debilitating decision. See, what Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission did was open up the floodgates for corporations to contribute to political campaigns without any regulation on limits or disclosure. With this new type of big-money flooding into the political landscape, it creates an unfair advantage for one type of organization over another. Pres. and Executive Director Tiffany Muller felt like it was the duty of the ECU to help back candidates that refused to take this new type of corporate funding, which primarily seems to be those of the Democratic persuasion.
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“End Citizens United: Fighting Against “Anything Goes” Campaign Finance” is a general overview for anyone that is not familiar with the goals of the ECU. End Citizens United sees that there is a clear advantage to this type of funding because many of the wealthiest individuals in the United States will have control over the political process. There are vast corporate holdings will qualify for political funding, which gives the Republican Party a clear advantage. This can give a very lopsided view of the political process and make it almost impossible for those Democrats who survive off of traditional funding to get elected. This PAC fights to get different individuals elected. One of the most famous individuals that they have backed is Hillary Clinton. They were instrumental in securing the funding that helped elect both Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Maggie Hassan. Both women were in a situation where the ECU was a very welcome alternative to any type of corporate sponsorship if it had even been available to them.
The long-term goal of End Citizens United is to help appeal the decision made in the Citizens United court ruling. While they understand that such a ruling would require a vast amount of resources and support, they are throwing much of their weight behind getting better individuals elected and helping to negate some of the effects of the ruling. They continue to thrive and grow as they gain support throughout the nation for their cause.
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