Americans have been watching in a kind of shocked silence over the years as the United States government falls deeper deeper into the sway of dark money in politics. Dark money refers to all of the money coming into the government by way of special interests, mega-donors, and lobbyists. These funds are given to politicians through campaign financing loopholes and they come with the implicit promise of a gift in return. When dark money rules politics it means that the voice of the American people is being overwhelmed by those in the millionaire and billionaire class. There is a political action committee named End Citizens United that has dedicated themselves to fighting back against this corruption. Though the battle is an uphill one, End Citizens United has made some very real and tangible steps of progress in the past six months or so.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that operates like a grassroots foundation. Their goal is to connect with American voters directly, opting to go around the millionaires and the billionaires. End Citizens United is focused on raising money and supporting legislators who are willing to go to battle for campaign finance reform with the targeted goal of introducing a constitutional amendment that repeals the 2010 Supreme Court decision regarding the conservative group, Citizens United. Citizens United, which was led by James Bopp during the proceedings, argued that corporations should be considered people and that their donations should simply be an extension of their freedom of speech. Though the words pass the sniff test, the goal of their argument was clear: to allow lobbyists to pay their way into access to the highest legs of the government. Now, seven years later, we are reeling from the effects of this monumental decision and it can be directly linked to the election of Donald Trump.
End Citizens United decided early on in the Presidency of Donald Trump that they would be fighting against him every step of the way. End Citizens United knows that their mission is in jeopardy with someone as hostile and brash as Donald Trump in the White House. This has led to a proliferation of donations from thousands of people around the country to End Citizens United. End Citizens United raised more than $4 million through their first quarter of outreach and their goal is to raise a total of $35 million in preparation of the 2018 Congressional Elections.
End Citizens United recently opted to back Doug Jones in his run for a Senate Chair in Alabama. Doug Jones is a former United States Attorney who has made campaign finance reform a pivotal part of his platform. Jones and End Citizens United linked together and their work should pay off on December 12th during the Special Election.