End Citizens United: Radically Fighting for Change

The American Election landscape changed drastically after the Supreme Court ruling of 2010. According to End Citizens United, the decision affected the democratic right of the American people which was a huge problem.


End Citizens United was formed in 2015 to fight for reforms done.


The problem


In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling to overturn the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 clause 203. The Clause indicated that the Corporations and the For-Profit organizations were not allowed to contribute or spend money that was not subjected to the Federal limits. This meant that soft money in the election was banned.


According to the judges of the Supreme Court, clause 203 of the Act was working against the Constitution of the United States. The Freedom of the Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditure by the Corporations.


The overturning of the Act was done according to the Constitution. However, by changing the rules, the billionaires now had the chance to spend an unlimited amount of money towards the election. The fear of the PAC is that billionaires like the Koch brothers would have the opportunity of buy off the elections.


The solution


End Citizens United mandate is to present a petition that will force the Congress to amend the Constitution and overturn the Supreme Court ruling. Their plan is to raise $25 million towards their agenda. They also hope to collect signatures from the American people.


End Citizens United plan would be carried out in three phases: the first was to support the Democrats and other candidates who identified with their agenda. End Citizen United endorsed 11 Democratic candidates.


The second phase involved recruiting the activists from the Grassroots. This is because they have a lot of followers. The third step was to raise the money issue as a national priority.


The reception


End Citizen United was incorporated in March 2015, and by August the same year, they had raised $2 million. They also had collected over 300,000 signatures.


Criticism


Even though their plan is noble, the PAC has received a lot of criticism from most of the public officials. According to them, the dream of having the Constitution amended is far-fetched. This is because there has not been any amendment done since 1992. It would, therefore, be a challenge for the Congress to change.


Secondly, Supreme Court is an independent body and can’t be interfered with. Plus, the ruling was done in reference to the Constitution of the United States.


They have been, however, commended for educating people on the Supreme Court ruling and its impact on the American people.

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