The American political system has underwent a tremendous and disastrous change over the better part of the past decade. The reason? Money has gotten into politics and it has changed the ways that the government caters to their voters and constituents. As a result we are seeing more and more corporations with sway far surpassing that of the regular, every-day voter. The reason for this fundamental change can be found back in 2010 when a conservative group named End Citizens United helped to unleash the floodgates of dark money and special interests in politics. Fortunately for us there are still those fighting to try and right the ship.
End Citizens United – Political Action Committee
In order to render change in Washington D.C. and bring power back to the people there has been the rise of various grassroots foundations and political action committees. Leading the charge is End Citizens United, a political action committee that is being led by President Tiffany Muller. The PAC was formed with the sole goal of undoing the massive damage rendered by the Supreme Court decision relating to End Citizens United. Unfortunately the End Citizens United decision was rendered by the Supreme Court and any amendment is going to be beholden to a massive amount of legislation — some of which will require bipartisan support.
Tiffany Muller understands that the road ahead is arduous and that there are some major hurdles to overcome. Still, End Citizens United has shown themselves to be more than up for the task. The PAC has gained major steam in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the White House. Moderates and progressives around the country are equally upset by what they see as a fundamental perversion of justice and their right to vote. The fact that Donald Trump could lose the popular vote so decidedly but still win thanks to his massive corporate interests seems fundamentally wrong.
In order for End Citizens United to be successful they are going to need some major fundraising goals met through grassroots donations. End Citizens United placed the goal of $35 million for the 2017 fiscal year with the anticipation of having the money prepared to help congressional candidates in 2018. Muller and her team know that in order to succeed in bringing campaign finance reform to Washington, they’ll need legislators in place willing to fight and propose legislation. This is one of the leading ways that this change can happen.
End Citizens United has thus far raised $4 million of their anticipated $35 million which sets them up for a big year of fundraising. End Citizens United has an uphill battle ahead of them but it is one that they can win.