They say that money is the root of all evil and I tend to agree. The reason is that with money, one can get away with almost anything and can even bribe nature to have things in their way. In the last few years, the amount of money being channeled into the American Elections by a few rich people has been increasing greatly. These huge contributions allow the influential people to pull elections in their way which has turned out to be oppressive on the American Citizens. Most of the leaders are no longer concerned about the welfare of the citizens. They are merely passing laws to suit their own needs and those of their donors as opposed to advocating for the common good.
But who is to blame for this unfortunate turn of events? Blame it on the 2010 Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United. The ruling permitted establishment of large amounts of untraceable money in the American elections; a move that undermined accountability and transparency. As a result, big billionaires such as Koch Brothers and other dark money corporations have been buying the elections. Most individuals have realized this and want America to go back to free and fair elections where the voice of people is heard.
In march 2015, a Political Action Committee called End Citizens United was established with an aim to eradicate the effects of Citizens United. The group receives donations from the American citizens as individuals and other small donors to back democratic citizens for the various House and Senate seats. It looks for candidates who are advocating for campaign finance reforms so that when they get the seats, they will be able to push for such changes. Some of the candidates endorsed by the group include Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Five months after establishment, the group had raised more than $2 million and was looking to raise about $25 million to $30 million to finance their course during the 2016 elections. In the 2016 elections, the group also assisted the candidates through television advertisements and direct mail campaign among others.
Additionally, the group aims at increasing pressure on the elected leaders and the supreme courts to endorse these finance reforms. They have structured a petition that demands congress to reverse the Citizens United decision. In August 2015, over 325,000 Americans had signed this petition. The group also teamed up with the Hillary supporters a move that would give them about 4 million more people increasing their signatures.
End Citizens United is a led by a board of directors of four competent and political conscious who want to see a better election system in the United States. They include former congressman Ron Barber, Jessica Vanden Berg, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Christopher Massicotte.