In 2008, Hillary Clinton was making her first run for the presidency. At that time, a group calling itself Citizens United produced and aired a film called “Hillary: The Movie”. The Federal Election Commission made a ruling that this was actually a paid political advertisement in the guise of a movie, and they demanded that the funding source for the movie be disclosed. View their financial information on Open Secrets.
The Citizens United group refused to comply with the FEC rules. The case was taken to federal court, and the FEC prevailed all the way through the appellate court level. In 2010, the case reached the Supreme Court of the United States.
In a somewhat surprising 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court reversed all of the lower court decisions, and they rules in favor of the Citizens United group. The court overturned many campaign finance laws, and they determined that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals.
In the wake of the End Citizens United ruling, several groups and individuals rose up in opposition to the verdict. One of these groups was End Citizens United. This group was founded in 2015 with the express purpose of seeing the overturn of the Citizens United decision. End Citizens United also seeks to elect public officials who will work to implement campaign finance reform laws and limit the impact of corporate money in politics. Follow the group on facebook.com.
One way that End Citizens United works to help candidates and promote their agenda is by endorsing candidates that they feel promote what they stand for. In 2016, End Citizens United went after many of the biggest recipients of corporate money. In 2018, End Citizens United is endorsing more candidates, and they are spending more money to unseat the twenty members of Congress who are most beholden to corporate PAC money.
ECU will continue to work to see the Citizens United decision overturned by laws passed in the House and Senate. The 2018 mid-term elections will be a critical benchmark to determine if campaign finance reform will head one step closer to passage.
We are proud to support @Ann_Kirkpatrick during her campaign to represent the people of #AZ02. Will you now step up and volunteer to make sure that she wins her upcoming primary? https://t.co/Vifqejlpb1
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) August 20, 2018