It all started with a video of a presidential candidate in the 2008 campaign. This movie was supposed to exploit the candidate and discredit every aspect of their campaign. The problem was that the movie was to be put out within 30 days of the primary election, or within 60 days of the general election. Also, the movie was to be paid for by an independent corporation. This was a clear violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
This case went all the way to the Supreme Court. A group called “Citizens United” were against the violation, stating that putting restrictions on donations from independent companies and/or restrictions on when independent companies could show ads that were meant to discredit a candidate, was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court upheld the decision of Citizens United.
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A new group called “End Citizens United” are now working very hard to overturn the decision by the Supreme Court. They feel that corporations have financial reasons for heavily supporting a candidate or discrediting another. They feel their reasons are mostly for financial gain or power. This political party began in 2016. They are raising money for Democratic candidates because Republicans won’t help them in this fight. Their mission is to end “Big Money” in politics. According to Mr. Di Napoli, in a 2015 article in the New York Times, “Corporations Open Up About Political Spending”, “Shareholders need transparency in order to determine whether corporate political spending benefits the company’s long-term value”
So far the “End Citizens United” group has raised $4 million and projects that they will have raised up to $30 million before it is over. The DC PAC group has just 5 members, which include senior advisers Valerie Martin and Reed Adamson. Their goal is to end or at least have rules about corporate funding of political campaigns that prevent corporations from influencing elections for their own gain.
This will be an uphill battle for End Citizens United because many Republicans, even some who agree with them, are fighting diligently to make sure the decision by the Supreme Court does not get overturned. The Republican “powers to be” want corporations to be able to spend as much as they want on whichever candidate they want, so they can tip the election win to the candidate/party that will benefit their company.
Find more about End Citizens United: https://ballotpedia.org/End_Citizens_United_PAC