In early 2015, a grassroots movement was born by the name of End Citizens United. They have also been in the news numerous times over the past couple of years. But who are they and what do they stand for?
First off, what is Citizens United?
In 2010, in the decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court found in favor of the conservative group Citizens United. This decision meant fewer restrictions for how corporations could use their money to influence elections and politicians. As a result, this elevates the voices of certain billionaires above that of the majority of average American people.
Many have disagreed with this disastrous decision.
Like their name suggests, End Citizens United is founded on the principle of taking a stand against Citizens United and big money in politics. They were found in March of 2015 and operate out of Washington, D.C. This pro-Democrat movement is dedicated to protecting our country from corruption. In a small amount of time, this group has raised millions of dollars to support its cause.
They support political candidates that protect the interest of the public.
End Citizens United primarily supports Democrat candidates due to their track record of opposing big money from corporations in politics. Democrats also show more support for grassroots movements, like End Citizens United. And their ultimate goal is the passing of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision for good. That is why they are supporting candidates for political office that show the initiative to vote for the people instead of billionaires. End Citizens United even offers a questionnaire on their website for which political candidates can fill out to be considered for support.
Their movement is gaining traction.
To date, hundreds and thousands of people across the country have signed their petition in agreement to overturn Citizens United. They have made news headlines several times, including a prominent MSNBC article entitled, “End Citizens United PAC wants to make its name a reality”.
And while they know that securing a constitutional amendment will be a long and uphill battle, they are determined to make it a reality.