End Citizens United is a political action committee that has been working for the past year or so to undo all of the damage done by the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 in relation to the conservative hit group, Citizens United. End Citizens United is led by Tiffany Muller and they’ve spent the past year trying to raise money in order to financially back politicians who have promised to make campaign finance a key part of their political platform. In order to understand why what End Citizens United is so important we need to really understand the damage that Citizens United has done.
In 2008 a lawyer by the name of James Bopp wanted to air a hit piece aimed at Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates between Clinton and Obama. His goal, obviously and ultimately, was to undermine Clinton’s character with absurd claims wrapped up in the title of a ‘documentary’. The FEC literally laughed at James Bopp and sent him away, declining to allow him to air the slanderous material. Bopp didn’t let this stop him and soon he was appearing before the Supreme Court, only this time things would be very different.
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What Citizens United managed to accomplish during their 2010 hearing was simple: they took off the thin veneer of regulation that helped to keep our democracies beholden to the people and out of the hands of special interests and corporate lobbyists. In doing so this gave conservative media giants like the Koch Brothers the chance to actually put all of their chips on the table and literally buy off politicians. You can see how this is a problem. This decision can draw a direct line to the election of Donald Trump and THAT is also a huge red flag.
So, Muller brought about End Citizens United and utilized the very real anguish over Donald Trump’s election in order to get more fuel to make a change. In order to get rid of the Citizens United decision Muller and her team would need massive funding, support from huge politicians, and a way to get their message out to the general public. So, that is exactly what Muller managed to do.
After the election of Trump many people were furious and looking for anyway to help out and resist and this paid huge dividends with the End Citizens United political action committee. As a result, End Citizens United raised nearly $4 million in the first quarter of 2017. Their goal is to raise a total of $45 million in advance of the 2018 congressional elections. If End Citizens United is successful they will stand a real chance at making some definitive progress toward undoing the damage done by James Bopp.
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