The Supreme Court passed the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling after the Citizens United took the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case to the court in 2010. The Citizens United took the case to the Supreme Court after they lost in the federal courts in 2008.
The 2008 case followed a demand by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to the Citizens United to reveal the sponsors of a 90 minutes-long campaign ad aired on the television. The ad was known as Hillary: The Movie which sought to oppose Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidential office.
The ruling indicates that the government has no right to interfere with fundraising conducted by organizations aimed to finance campaigns. The government also cannot regulate the spending of funds by a specific organization in a particular campaign. Many feel that this ruling has tied the government hands in limiting the power of organizations to determine an election result.
Many political organizations have risen to reverse the Citizens United v. FEC ruling together with its effects. They are also seeking a legal way to end the Citizens United. Among the leading organizations in the fight is End Citizens United that was established on March 1, 2015. It upholds it stand by raising money for its activities from grassroots.
The organization has its headquarters based in Washington, DC. The following are experienced and able leaders of End Citizens United: Tiffany Muller (President and Executive Director), Matt Burgess (Executive Vice President), Adam Bozzi (Communications Director), Anne Feldman (Press Secretary), Andrew Lasker (Finance Director) and Jordan Wood (Political Director). A well-abled board also characterizes the organization.
The preparations for the 2018 election cycle are underway. It aims at raising $35 million for its activities this year. The endorsement of 130 candidates for 2018 has already been carried out. These are to finance from the corporate PAC funding. The End Citizens United seeks to help candidates that turn down colossal financing offers from individuals and corporate PAC.
This year, the corporation targets politicians who accept the “big money” finance. It has named them “the Big Money 20.” The organization’s reason for targeting these leaders is the claim that the leaders have upheld policies favoring their donor’s interests rather than the ordinary people.
With the help of several other factors, End Citizens United is succeeding in its efforts. For example, among the many Republican retirements is the Congress House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of “the Big Money 20.”
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