Although the issue is first raised immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision in the court case of Citizens United versus the Federal election commission, there has still been no conclusion to the influence of big money in politics. Across the nation, there has been growing sentiment that corporate mega-donors are having undue influence on our nation’s politicians.
In response to this growing unrest political action committee End Citizens, United was formed on March 1, 2015. Under the combined leadership of Tiffany Muller and Matt Burgess, the organization has since grown to encompass more than 3 million members and has managed to generate over $60 million in political campaign contributions.
In an effort to demonstrate the power of grassroots political campaigning processes the organization is ready to endorse a number of new senatorial members for the midterm elections in 2018. Two such senators that have followed in the footsteps of their forerunners have taken a public oath to reject corporate mega-donors donations from special interest groups and corporate political action committees. Over 100 other Democrats have made a similar statement in the last three years. Members of Congress that are running the challenge recipients of donations from corporate mega-donors include Randy Bryce who is challenging speaker of the house Paul Ryan in Wisconsin and Representative Beto O’Rourke who is challenging Texan Sen. Ted Cruz.
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In this nation’s political climate one may be tempted to say that politicians who refuse to receive donations of operations are the underdogs would be surprised to see the momentum that End Citizens United has managed to create. Through the combined efforts of the organization’s members across the country, several candidates have managed to raise significantly more money than their rivals who are sponsored by corporations. By campaigning on platforms of campaign-finance reform politicians across the nation are making a public statement that they are there to serve their constituents and not the interests of corporations. As the issue of campaign finance reform is growing ever closer to the forefront of American politics, especially with individuals who label themselves as independents, End Citizens United believes that their endorsement of political candidates who are in favor of campaign-finance reform will defeat their opposition.
While current Republican president Donald Trump campaigned on an anti-establishment message, his policies may not necessarily reflect his promises. Individuals who are receiving endorsements from End Citizens United are not just capitalizing on the sentiment of the American populace but are campaigning with intent to enact meaningful legislation that will reform the way campaign financing is ran in our country. In 2018 about 70 candidates that are running for public office have made public statements declaring an absolute rejection of corporate donations in comparison to the only three candidates did the same in 2016.