End Citizens United is Opposing Some Big Name Candidates

In the year 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision that will affect how elections are conducted in this country for years to come. The case of Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission overturned several important provisions of campaign finance law. The decision allowed corporations to be treated like people giving corporations the first amendment right of freedom of speech. This allowed massive amounts of corporate money to flow into political campaigns. Many of these donations are from dark money sources that do not reveal their true identity.

As a result of the Citizens United decision, End Citizens United was created. The purpose of the this group is to one day see the Supreme Court’s decision overturned. End Citizens United also seeks to actively promote the candidates who are committed to enacting campaign finance reform. The group also has as a goal removing from office those elected officials who have a track record of taking significant amounts of funding from political action committees and large corporate donors. Visit End Citizens United on Twitter for latest updates.

One of the candidates that End Citizens United is especially supportive of is Beto O’Rourke. Congressman O’Rourke represents El Paso in the United States House of Representatives. He is running to unseat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz who is viewed by the End Citizens group as being a major impediment to campaign finance reform legislation.

In a poll conducted not long ago, Congressman O’Rourke appears to be making a race of it against Senator Cruz. In a heavily Republican state such as Texas, it was expected that Senator Cruz would have a relatively easy re-election. However, polling shows that Congressman O’Rourke is not too far behind the senator. With several weeks to go, the race may be become even closer.

In another race, End Citizens United is closely watching the contest between Florida Governor Rick Scott and incumbent Senator Bill Nelson. End Citizens United has long viewed Governor Scott as someone to watch when it comes to taking large corporate donations. The End Citizens Group will closely monitor this race and report any irregularities that come to light.


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George Soros Continues To Give Until It Hurts Amid Controversy And Conspiracies

Demonization is a strong term, but also an apt one for the conservative campaign to discredit George Soros, who has donated in excess of $18 billion to Open Society Foundations. Unfortunately, these donations have served to further draw the ire of conservative conspiracy theorists. The number of conspiracies surrounding Soros is almost as numerous as the number of dollars he’s donated, and he’s been the punching-bag of conservatives for years.

Conservatives See Soros as a Threat

Over the past thirty years, Soros has used his wealth and global influence, as well as his Open Society Foundations to further his goal of bettering the world through democracy, social justice, and human rights. His most recent actions have reflected this goal as well, with his push to adopt more liberal immigration policies in Europe due to the refugee crisis. Conservatives see Soros’ wealth and his global influence as a serious threat to their ideology, so it’s no surprise that they’ve formulated countless conspiracies in an attempt to bring him down.

Whether it’s influencing elections, running secret smuggling rings, discrediting his opponents, trying to bring Sharia law to the United States, or canceling Firefly, conservatives have claimed that Soros is the mastermind behind all of it. The mechanism that even makes these outlandish theories possible is the strong partisan schism in the US, which has served to sic the right wing on anyone across the political chasm. This is further compounded by the current trend towards conservative libertarianism, with the right wing pushing a mentality that favors a “government versus conservative” perspective, with almost anyone wealthy or powerful being targeted.

The Insidious Danger of Conspiracies

Soros is a powerful and wealthy individual with a strong presence on global stage. That much is an undisputed fact. However, when one man has that much power, no matter how he uses it, he will attract conspiracies like a forest fire would attract every moth in the county, especially if those moths are on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

Perhaps surprisingly though, the person hurt most by these conspiracies isn’t Soros, but rather, it’s the people creating and spreading them. Baseless theorizing can undermine their credibility, as well as harm democracy by stifling civil discourse with outlandish claims. With conspiracies and half-cocked theories spreading like wildfire, actual discussion about the risks of wealth and influence on global stage simply doesn’t happen. Conservatives have foregone the real danger in lieu of hastily contrived theories, only managing to harm themselves.

Target Locked, Firing Conspiracy

Soros has never been free of controversy. Since conservatives first locked eyes on him, they haven’t let up on their claims and conspiracies. But this comes as no surprise, considering Soros’ views. As a strong supporter of democracy, progressive causes, and grassroots activism, Soros was bound to attract attacks from the right wing, both for his political views, and his status as one of the financial elite. Despite these claims, he will continue to work towards his democratic ideals and plans to donate even greater sums in the future.

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