There are signs of corporate greed all throughout the United States. Businesses all over the nation look for ways to influence policies to help them prosper and achieve their version of the American dream. On occasion, many of the businesses may do this by directly influencing the political process. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a supreme court decision that has made this easier than ever for these businesses to move in on potential political candidates. They are able to approach them in an entirely different way because under this decision they have been extended the same freedom of speech access that individuals citizens enjoy under the current law.
While this decision in and of itself is not one to cause panic, this right directly affects the way that business can support political candidates. As of this 2010 decision, corporations can now donate as much money as they want to an individual candidate’s campaign. Furthermore, they are able to do so anonymously. This means that citizens in the United States will not know what businesses have contributed what amount of money toward a political candidate and that will make it impossible for them to discern what other motives the candidate might have when they take office. It also makes it impossible for citizens to discern the motives of the individual corporations. It creates a veil of secrecy that makes democracy impossible.
PACs like End Citizens United have seen the troubling implications of this decision and to fight now to help mitigate some of the damage that has been caused. Much of the damage is centered around the concerns highlighted above, with many candidates being sifted out of races because they are not willing to comply with corporate demands. End Citizens United has taken the time to help raise money for these individuals, their hope is that they can help combat some of the business funding that they may receive if they were to take on a contract with the business. End Citizens United requires all of its individuals to partake in a pledge that solidifies their commitment to maintaining the democratic process and spirit of the election by declining corporate funding. There is plenty of information about this a group and their fight against this ruling in the article entitled “End Citizens United: Fighting Against “Anything Goes” Campaign Finance” featured on reporterexpert.com. They hope to reach more individuals with their message and help raise awareness about this troubling problem.
The real problem with the politics these days is how the big companies and affluent individuals pocket the politicians or manage to get them to their side. It harms the interest of the people and makes it difficult for the political leadership to be directed towards the path of progress of the entire nation. The reason behind it is how the campaign finance rules are designed, especially after the Citizens United lawsuit in 2010. The verdict given by the Supreme Court in 2010 made it easier for the enterprises to pump money into the elections. Even though political funding is nothing new, the Supreme Court’ decision of 2010 made it easier for the big companies to channel their money into the election campaigns.
Election campaigns are designed to ensure that the country’s leadership goes into the hand of the person who has a vision for growth and equality across the nation, the one who knows what needs to be done to put the country on the track to progress. Since the time the Supreme Court decided against allowing the corporations to fund the elections with as much money as they want, the elections campaigns have become more lavish than ever before. The corporations are trying hard to win favors from the politicians by putting millions in their pockets, which more times than many, crosses the interest of the general public.
End Citizens United, a political action committee, has been supporting politicians who are in favor of neat and clean politics without the backing of corporate money. It was formed in 2015 by Tiffany Mueller with the aim to overturn the Supreme Court decision for the campaign finance rules. End Citizens United has been active politically since its inception and endorses the politicians to help them stand tall against the candidates who are backed by the corporate money. The Corporate PACs and Super PACs support many politicians, and their interests and priorities are mostly pointing towards that of the big corporations and wealthy individuals.
End Citizens United continues to help the politicians who it finds has a history of excellent public service and intent, and has denounced the Corporate PAC. Recently, End Citizens United endorsed two favored candidates for Congress, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand. They are running for Senate and was earlier backed by corporate PAC, but recently announced they are moving away from it to follow the popular trend nowadays to say no to the corporate PACs. It is what End Citizens United believes would help bring awareness among the people as to how the corporations and wealthy individuals are controlling the country with their money. End Citizens United hopes that in future it would bring many more politicians under its fold.