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End Citizens United Aims to Prevent Dark-Money from Destroying Democracy

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

The decision made in the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission devastated citizens across the country. By declaring in the favor of Citizens United, Supreme Court Justices essentially declared that “corporations are people,” giving them and affluent individuals the ability to donate limitless amounts of untraceable money to United States elections. The Citizens United ruling could potentially ruin the United States democratic system as we know it, permitting a flood of dark money to enter the electoral system. Therefore, resulting in candidates winning due to their pockets rather their platform. View the group’s profile on linkedin.

Realizing the ramifications of this ruling, End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee dedicated to overturning the detrimental Citizens United decision. Found on March 1st, 2015 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the leadership of End Citizens United has established a two-step process as the center of their political strategy. The first step is to support candidates whom are committed to campaign finance reform. The second step is to carry out special efforts to ensure the overturn of Citizens United. Due to their obvious opposition of obscene amounts of money flooding the political system, End Citizens United is dependent upon grassroots fundraising for their money-raising strategy.

In the 2016 election cycle, End Citizens united raised twenty five million dollars to support dozens of candidates across the nation. The PAC has set a goal of thirty five million for the 2018 election cycle, already endorsing 130 candidates across the country. In addition to supporting candidates, the political action committee plans to target “the Big Money 20” during the 2018 cycle. “The Big Money 20” refers to incumbents who benefit the most from corporate political action committees and “big-money” donors. Members of the big money 20 include senators Dean Heller and Ted Cruz along with numerous representatives. The 2018 election cycle will be the most eventful cycle yet for the dedicated PAC. However, alongside booming democratic platforms such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the wind of a Democratic “wave” at its back, it appears to be a good year for End Citizens United.

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ECU endorses Another Constitutional amendment in Arizona

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The proposed amendment will give the voters the right to know about all donation and spending sources in the state of Arizona. In the last state-level elections that were conducted in Arizona in the year 2014, over $10 million was spent in the form of dark money. End Citizens United, popularly known as the ECU endorsed a constitutional amendment through in the state of Arizona that outlawed the use of dirty money in political campaigns. The legislation would help in the prevention of corruption and increase transparency.

The Law would also require public disclosure of all donors who contribute more than $2,500 in the elections to be disclosed so that the public can know them. The legislation would also bring the laundering of political donations to an end. In the past, political donations have been laundered through intermediaries where the source of the money remains hidden. The constitutional amendment is still in the stage involving collection of signatures. The amendment is likely to take effect in the forthcoming mid-term elections scheduled for November.

End Citizens United was formed in 2015 to counter Citizens United’s harmful effects and bring reforms to the American financial system for political campaigns. ECU has a total of over 3 million members and over 90,000 in the state of Arizona. ECU has a related project that is known as Fight for Reform. The Fight for Reform project has put its focus on bringing accountability and transparency to local and state elections in the United States. This project is also set to connect Outlaw Dirty Money legislation with donors and grassroots activists. Outlaw Dirty Money co-chair, Terry Goddard, has said that the American democracy has become a rigged system in favor of the multi-million donors and big corporations. These donors allow the political parties and candidates to spend millions of dollars in secretive dirty money for political mileage and personal agendas.

Goddard added that such a situation would leave the residents and voters in Arizona in the dark about anyone who would be attempting to influence who gets into office. Outlaw Dirty money legislation will be critical in ending the destructive influence of secretive dirty money. The bill will also serve to promote transparency and accountability in the politics of Arizona. The president of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller said that ECU welcomes the Outlaw Dirty Money Amendment. The legislation will also confirm the voters in Arizona that they have a right to know the source of all political donations.

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