End Citizens United Endorses Political Candidates Who Refuse Corporate Money
Washington D.C. based political action committee End Citizens United has been endorsing political candidates who refuse to take corporate money for their political campaigns. One such politician who has done so is Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Many more Democratic politicians have made this decision as well and it is spreading across the nation.
End Citizens United says we have a big problem with our electoral system. Much of it began when the US Supreme Court announced its decision regarding Citizens United in 2010. This ruling opened the door for special interest groups and wealthy people to spend however much they so desired on political campaigns. The Supreme Court also ruled they could do so anonymously. Billionaires now control politics in the United States and this PAC wants to end that state of affairs.
The goal of this PAC is to get people elected to Washington D.C. who want to engage in meaningful campaign finance reform. They encourage their members across the nation to give money to politicians who refuse corporate money and money from billionaires as well. When speaking about Corey Booker and his decision, ECU’s President Tiffany Muller said that it is leadership like his which will help to unright the political system and restore power to the American people.
Another politician that Tiffany Muller has supported in public is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. This senator has also refused to accept corporate money has also seen firsthand how Big Money has taken over politics. She says that corporate mega-donors manipulate politicians in Washington D.C. and control what bills are passed to a large extent.
End Citizens United has 265,000 members in the state of New York. They have connected their supporters in this state with the campaign of Senator Gillibrand in order to get her re-elected. They have 400,000 members in total who they hope will support her 2018 campaign and others like her. So far 70 politicians, all Democrats, in total refuse corporate money.
ECU also developed a Big Money 20 list which is a list of the politicians who have most sold out to corporations and billionaires. Some of the people on this list, such as Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Rep. Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania, are already no longer running for office. Among the others on this list still running for office is Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.