End Citizen’s United came about after the ruling of the Citzens United versus FEC court case. The United States supreme court ruling opened the door to “dark money” as the Chronicle Week website puts it. The ruling actually overturned parts of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. Opponents of the act believe it makes it easier for lobbying groups to buy politicians.
Currently, End Citizens United supports candidates from either party who show their opposition to the current rules for campaign finance. The decision the supreme court handed down did not declare that corporations are people, as some critics of it believe. The principle comes from an older case, and it occurs as a footnote. Corporations are defined as fictitious persons so that they can form, own property, pay taxes, and be sued.
Finding candidates that conform to all of End Citizens United standards is not easy, as few candidates willingly refuse to take money from political action committees. Nevertheless, two candidates in the 2018 midterms have earned this honor. Beto O’Rourke and Randy Bryce earned the highest recommendation from End Citizens United. The former is even the first candidate challenging another candidate to be endorsed by the organization.
End Citizens United, which is itself a form of political action committee, does take donations. These donations do not go to candidates, nor are they used to promote candidates ECU endorses. Critics of the organization believe it works to hinder free speech. Supporters believe the organization prevents the people who can afford more from having more access to politicians. How to Reverse Citizens United.
The recent school shootings have also shed light on campaign finance laws. At least one sign protesting the school shooting in Parkland, Florida criticized Ted Cruz. More than one sign held by protester’s sign suggested that it should be harder to buy an AR-15 than it is to buy a politician.