Beto O’Rourke has just done something astonishing running as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas. O’Rourke raked in a record-breaking $38 million in just one quarter to bolster his campaign effort — but even more amazing is how he did it.
O’Rourke has refused all large contributions from giant corporations, Super PACs, special interest groups and various millionaires and billionaires who like to “buy” elections. Instead. Congressman O’Rourke is running a strictly grassroots fundraising model. He accepts only small donations from ordinary, average American citizens. More than 800,000 individuals donated to the O’Rourke effort in the past three months. Read more news about the group on USA Today.
A campaign finance reform group called End Citizens United is backing O’Rourke and taking inspiration from his amazing accomplishment. End Citizens United is a political action committee that is dedicated to getting big money out of politics — and if a candidate needs to raise tens of millions to get elected, he or she should do it the way Beto O’Rourke has done it.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015. It is based in Washington D.C. and helmed by CEO Tiffany Muller. The laser-like focus of the group is to stop giant corporations and other Big Money interests from donating huge amounts of cash to political candidates so that they can control them once they get into office.
Ultimately, End Citizens united wants a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which opened the way for any entity to donate as much campaign cash as they want to any candidate. That’s a big undertaking since it takes two-thirds of the 50 states to ratify a new Amendment and then a two-thirds approval vote in Congress. Such an endeavor could take years.
But there is a lot that can be done in the meantime, such as electing candidates like Beto O’Rourke. To that end, End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of people running — mostly as Democrats — who share the vision of large-scale campaign finance reform. Flipping the U.S. House and possibly the Senate from Republican to Democrat control would be a gigantic step forward.
In the first quarter of this year, End Citizen United managed to collect over $4 million through fundraising ahead of the 2018 Congressional midterm elections. The organization expects to raise $35 million according to projections which are significantly higher than the $25 million got for the 2016 election. End Citizen United saw approximately 100,000 people contribute towards their project with 40,000 of the count giving for the first time. The contributions received an average $12 as more and more people Lack faith in the system. End Citizen United aims to elect leaders that are for campaign finance reforms. The organization in recent weeks urged contributors to donate towards the congressional campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff and helped raise $500,000.
In 2010 a supreme court ruling discredited out 100 years campaign funding laws. The verdict in the case of Citizen United against F.E.C established a legal basis for the idea that corporations are people which opened doors for people to spend unlimited amounts of untraceable money in elections. The ruling changed the American election landscape and reduced accountability and transparency.
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This loophole prompted the formation of End Citizen United. Formed in March 2015, End Citizen United is a political action committee committed to fighting against large political donors that have ulterior motives. The political action committee funders are primarily grassroots contributors most of whom are ordinary people who feel like political funding groups rig the system. During its first year, the political action committee received over $2 million in support of their mission from small donors. End Citizen United is also committed to electing pro-reform candidates and keeping the issue of donors using the money to influence elections at the forefront. The political action committee also aims to pass pre-reform laws in states using ballot measures and demonstrate political power through grassroots membership.
The primary goal for End Citizen United is passing a constitutional amendment to reverse the 2010 Supreme court decision in the Citizen United case that allows corporations to pour dirty money into American elections. The political action committee started a petition that had 325,000 signatures as of 2016 to demand Senate pass the legislation. In line with its mission to back pro-reform candidates.
End Citizens United poured tens of millions into the campaigns of eleven democrat senate candidates including former Wisconsin senator; Russ Feingold and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado who is reform-oriented. The PAC is willing to fund any candidates that can help in achieving its course. In the 2016 election, the political action committee partnered with Hillary’s campaign team to support the candidate’s election. End Citizen United has an active social media presence to reach more people who share similar views and inform the masses about pro-reform candidates.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/10/end-citizens-united-warns-big-donors-could-ruin-democracy/