End Citizens United Fights For Transparency and Accountability In Campaign Finance

End Citizens United is a political advocacy group that is dedicated to reforming the American campaign financing. Established in March 2015, End Citizens United was formed in response to the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United vs. F.E.C.

 

The ruling, in this case, has effectively transformed the American electoral process. By establishing a legal foundation for the concept of ‘corporations as people’, the ruling has created a loophole for wealthy individuals and organizations to contribute unlimited and untraceable funds to campaigns. It has essentially removed accountability and transparency from the campaign funding process.

 

End Citizens United is funded by grassroots donors. It seeks to pressure legislators into taking definitive action that will reform campaign financing, all in an effort to decrease the chance of big money donors using campaign contributions to buy influence or sway elections. The group works towards this goal by:

 

  • Electing candidates that are pro-reform into office
  • Utilizing membership at the grassroots to show political power on the problem of campaign finance

 

The End Citizens United PAC plans to direct tens of millions of dollars to fund various Democratic candidates, who they feel are more in tune with their fight against Citizens United and the resultant dark money organizations.

 

Ultimately, the group wants to see an amendment reversing the Citizen United decision passed to the constitution. However, it is also working to enact such a policy change at both the local and state levels. More than 325,000 American citizens have so far signed the group’s petition to Congress demanding for such a change. The group’s recent partnership with ‘Ready for Hillary’ brought its cause more awareness among liberal supporters.

 

During the last elections, End Citizens United endorsed 11 candidates from the Democratic Party. In future, they also hope to set up an independent arm overseeing spending so as to back such candidates financially through activities like television advertisements polling and direct mailing.

 

Certain experts in campaign financing express skepticism that End Citizens United face an uphill battle in trying to go achieve their overarching goal. After all, constitutional amendments must be passed by two-thirds of the House and Senate.

 

However, the existence of the End Citizens United group serves a critical function in ensuring the public knows about the Supreme Court decision in question. It also keeps up the pressure to both legislators and the Court to keep the situation from getting worse.

 

So far, the group has received more than 130,000 grassroots donations, each averaging approximately 14 dollars. End Citizens United is based in Washington, D.C. It has five members of staff, most prominent campaign strategists Reed Anderson and Valerie Martin.

 

The Political Involvement of George Soros

George Soros was born in 1930 in the Budapest city of Hungary. Unlike others, he had a very difficult childhood due to the political situation in his country. A communist dictatorship was ruling Hungary, and Jewish people were their prime target. His father had no choice but to forge documents and hide the Jewish identity of the family. At the age of seventeen, he managed to escape to England. Fortunately, he got admission in the London School of Economics where he realized his natural interest in financial markets. After finishing his education, he moved to the US where he was reunited with his family. His parents were living in New York as refugees. George Soros worked very hard, and today he is not just rich but also a very politically influential personality.

George Soros founded International Investment Fund for influencing politics. However, he is also a philanthropist. He funds the Open Society Foundations that are operating in over hundred countries. The aim of these foundations is to promote transparency, open society, and human rights. The budget of these foundations is billions of dollars.

George Soros has a great influence on the politics of the US. He contributed millions of dollars to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. After Hillary’s defeat in the elections, a three-day conference was held on December 2016. Many Democrat leaders and George Soros participated in the conference. The main agenda was Donald Trump’s victory on Biography and preparation for next elections within two years. Soros said that the current situation is very bad for American vision of equitable and just society.

The role of Democracy Alliance (DA) was also reassessed by the liberals at the meeting on Time. The donors and beneficiary groups of DA have been orienting key organizations and shaping institutions to support Hillary Clinton. The strategy was to use minorities and women in the American electorate, and that would ensure the victory for Democrats in the elections; however, the strategy failed. Donald Trump used the country’s white working class as his strength in the presidential elections. Moreover, it was discussed why DA’s beneficiary groups failed to turn out voters by using issues like climate change and role of money in politics.

In 2004, George Soros launched Democracy Alliance. He was joined by other donors to support Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Kerry lost to George W. Bush although millions of dollars were spent. The donors of DA are working to create advocacy groups and think tanks that are not a part of the Democratic Party, but they work for the party’s interests. Their prime role is to push the members of the party to the left. The other part of their job is to defend Democrats against the right. There are over hundred donors of DA including George Soros. They annually contribute two-hundred-thousand dollars at http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros. They additionally contribute thirty-thousand dollars for DA’s staff and meetings. DA invested over five-hundred million dollars in groups like Catalist, Media Matters, and American Progress. Allies of Hillary Clinton run these groups.