Every so often, there are supreme court cases that send ripple effects across the country. The legendary Dred Scott vs. Sandford in 1857 and Roe vs. Wade in 1973 are old examples. However, the recent ruling in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case in 2010 may just become a modern day landmark event. An article on the website Reporter Expert, breaks down what lead up to the ruling, the aftermath, and what is being done now with the formation of End Citizens United.
This case stems from a 2008 film attacking Hilary Clinton. Citizens United wanted to air the film, but the FCC blocked it due to Citizens United not revealing who had funded it. This lead to the FCC being sued and First Amendment rights being called into question. The supreme court ultimately ruled, in a 5-4 vote, that it didn’t matter if the one who funded the film was named or not. The movie can still air regardless. This decision essentially gives corporations unlimited power to sway an election. The ruling’s harmful side effects are what makes it very concerning.
With the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling in effect, companies can use targeted television and radio ads with no repercussions. In fact, it even gives the republications an advantage in future election due to their connections to rich donors and corporations. Naturally, democrats and countless organizations have strongly opposed this decision. Some even going so far as to propose an amendment to overturn the ruling.
Overall, there was one clear way to get results. The organization End Citizens United was formed in March 2015. The goal is to help democrat candidates who support better campaign finance laws and work towards a constitutional amendment. They have assembled a team of experts who are extremely knowledgeable and active in the political world. End Citizens United is currently well underway working on the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
With all that has been happening in the American government, people are now dependent on political action committees to get their views and opinions across. One organization that has been receiving an incredible amount of support from people all over the country is End Citizens United. The goal of End Citizens United is a simple one, which is to bring about change in the government of America, but the path to that goal is a lot more complicated than it seems. With the incredible support that the organization has been seeing, coupled with people who are motivated to bring all the atrocities of the current government to light, End Citizens United has become a political action committee to watch out for.
End Citizens United identifies with the Democratic Party and sees them as the better choice for the people of America. The organization has a strong opinion that the Republican Party does not have the people’s best interests in mind, which is why they have come out with so many laws that do not resonate with what the people of America want. The organization has been able to bring to light several issues that the government has been hiding from the people. One such discovery that the group made was when they uncovered that all the ads that were being aired on Facebook, advertising for the Republican Party were managed and funded by a Russian organization. The country currently has a ban on foreign spending in political parties, to mitigate foreign involvement with the running of the country. However, the Republican party did not adhere to this when they published their Facebook ads, which is something that the people of America did not know before.
One of the striking reasons why the organization was formed in the first place was owing to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United which allowed corporations to spend as much money as they like on political parties, and did not have to state or give any information to tax departments on how much they were actually putting in. People started using this as a way to gain positions in the government and then worked to bring their interests to the forefront, regardless of whether or not the people living in the country wanted it. There are currently members of the Republican Party who have their positions in the government through this manner, even though they do not have the right qualifications to do so.
End Citizens United knows that unless there is a stop put to all of this, the nation is not going to see any progress, and people are going to be in the dark about what is happening in the government, which is precisely what they are working towards.