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.