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.
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