The landmark decision by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. case changed the political landscape as far as campaign finance is concerned. The decision, which was given in 2010, states that corporations, labor unions, and other similar organizations are free under the first amendment to engage in political campaigning right up until Election Day. This right had been previously reserved for private citizens only, as it was felt that large corporations would be able to influence elections in a way the people couldn’t. Through the limitless and unregulated donations, large corporations can give to candidates through Super PACs, they are able to trade monetary support for political leverage after the election. This puts large corporations at an advantage over private citizens in terms of what policy decisions are being made in their names.
This is where End Citizens United comes into the picture. A grassroots Political Action Committee formed in 2015, they are a not-for-profit organization that strives to get rid of the Citizens United court decision by enacting new legislation to reform campaign financing. End Citizens United has been able to raise almost $35 million under the leadership of Tiffany Muller and has managed to do so with an average donation amount of only $14. That is a testament to both their commitment to getting big business out of Washington and regular citizens are on board with their efforts. This money goes to the campaigns of candidates all across the country who are dedicated to enacting common sense campaign finance reform and getting the greed out of Washington.
One way that End Citizens United fights against Washington’s greed is with their Big Money 20 list that features some of the most flagrant offenders when it comes to exchanging money for votes in Washington. These public officials gladly take special interest money from Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Wall Street, and others, and work to change laws in favor of the highest bidder.
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California is a perfect example of greed gone amok in Washington. At one point Hunter was simultaneously under investigation by the House Office of Congressional Ethics for misusing campaign funds for personal expenditures, and voting to slash all funding from the very office investigation him leaving the investigation dead in the water. Hunter also pushed so hard for legislation that was beneficial to the tobacco industry that he was dubbed the vaping congressman. This also happened to coincide with a $50,000 raise in contributions from the tobacco industry. Congressmen like Hunter are proof that the system is broken and needs to be reformed.
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