Dark money in politics is an open secret in the United States government and it is one that is single-handedly ruining the country. Dark money in politics began flooding into the United States government back in 2010 when the Supreme Court heard a case presented to them by a lawyer named James Bopp on behalf of the right wing political group, Citizens United. The Citizens United decision in the Supreme Court has been looked at and regarded as one of the most potent moments in political history and it is worth taking a closer look at.
Citizens United went before the Supreme Court in 2008 in order to essentially make the argument that corporations were people and political donations was an extension of their free speech. This is an argument you’ll have heard countless times in the political world but there is a lot more weight to it than just as a canned phrase. James Bopp’s argument was enough to convince the Supreme Court in a controversial decision but it didn’t put the matter to rest. Liberals and every day Americans everywhere were outraged by the decision and since then they’ve been angrily trying to fight back.
End Citizens United was established as a political action committee with the sole goal of finding a way to undo the damage done by James Bopp and Citizens United. You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘campaign finance reform’ and you’ll know that it is the calling card of progressives everywhere. End Citizens United, led by Tiffany Muller, has been using campaign finance reform as their core guidepost toward fundraising success.
With the election of Donald Trump the political world was upended and modern Americans gave up on political apathy. Every election counts now and none counts more than the upcoming 2018 congressional races. End Citizens United has tapped into the negativity surrounding Donald Trump in order to fuel a grassroots campaign to raise finances to support legislators who want to reform the Citizens United decision. End Citizens United is aiming to raise a full $35 million to prepare their chosen candidates in the 2018 raises. In just the first quarter of 2017 alone the PAC raised more than $4 million.
Donations to groups like End Citizens United are one of the surest ways to make a change in the political world. While every vote should count they can’t count if groups like Citizens United are actively supporting corporate lobbying. So, End Citizens United tapped into that enthusiasm, as we showed above, to make a difference. More than 100,000 people donated to End Citizens United during the first quarter of 2017 and nearly 40% of them were first time donors to the cause, which bodes well for the future.
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