In 2010, The Supreme Court made a decision that would change politics, in Citizens United vs. F.E.C. The case was about the idea that “corporations are people” and allows special interest groups and the wealthy to spend money on U.S. elections. The money can be limitless and cannot be traced; in essence, U.S. elections can be bought.
End Citizens United was formed on March 1st, 2015 to combat against such groups as the Koch Brothers from paying for elections to go their own way. End Citizens United is financed not by big money, but by grassroots donations. They are committed to not only attempting to end Citizen’s United, but to see pro-reform candidates elected, keep the issue of using money in politics in the forefront, and more. As of August 2015, when End Citizens officially launched, they took in $2 million dollars from small donors so far. As Richard Carbo, Communications Director of the group stated, “The groups entire cycle is set to take in an additional $25 million to $30 million more.”
End Citizens United has backed pro-reform Democrats so far, and critics may point this out. However, the groups says “Even though many Republicans and Independent voters agree that undisclosed political spending is out of control, Republican leadership in Congress is standing squarely in the way of overturning this disastrous Supreme Court decision. It has to stop. So we will do what we can to support candidates who are champions for meaningful campaign finance reform.” If a Republican or Independent candidate were pro-reform, End Citizens United would support them.
The website at End Citizens United shows not only what they do, but posts the latest news, have a page for candidates that want finance reform, and the donation page. It also explains what you can do to end Citizens United by starting up your own group, posting on your own social media websites, and letting people know of a pro-reform candidates up for election. You can keep up with the latest by submitting your e-mail for updates on Ending Citizen’s United sign up.