The Supreme Court can change the course of American history with a single ruling. Sometimes the beneficial effects are enormous, but at other times catastrophic. Unfortunately, the latter is the case when the High Court handed down its Citizens United ruling in 2010.
Just eight years after Citizens United, the corrupting influence and damage to American democracy is demonstrable. The ruling allowed nearly unlimited amounts of money to be donated to political candidates — and that money could also be “Dark Money.” In other words, giant corporations and greedy billionaires could not only now “buy” the candidate of their choice, but the American people have no right to know who is donating how much and to which candidate. The group’s financial information is available on OpenSecrets.Org.
The result has been the wholescale disenfranchisement of the average American voter from their own government. That’s why a group of concerned citizens formed a new political action committee (PAC) known as End Citizens United.
The new PAC began operations in 2015 with headquarters in Washington D.C. The goal of End Citizens United is to overturn the Supreme Court decision that has allowed our elections to be stolen by cash-bloated special interests.
End Citizens United would like to push through a new Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would essentially nullify what was established by the 2010 Citizens United ruling.
Adding a new Amendment to the Constitution is no small task. It first must be ratified by two-thirds of the 50 American states. Then it requires a two-third majority vote in Congress to make it the law of the land.
The people of End Citizens United realize they have a monumental task that will require a diligent, persistent long-term commitment. But they know they have to try. The very freedoms and democracy we have enjoyed as American citizens is at stake. Failure is not an option.
The organization has been working hard raising funds to elect more Democrats to Congress. That’s because it is Democrats that tend to favor the kind of campaign finance reform defined by the new PAC. To date, response has been enormous. End Citizens United raised $25 million in the 2016 election cycle and is on track to pull $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterms.