The ability to change our political system is one of the cornerstones of American democracy. This is all been exemplified in the recent efforts of political action committee
End Citizens United to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the court case Citizens United versus the Federal election commission. This controversial decision by the Supreme Court has enabled the unlimited funding of political campaigns by corporate special interest groups and political action committees. At the time of his announcement, there was a concern of undue influence of mega-donors in our political process. Since then many politicians have been the recipients of generous donations from corporations. These same politicians have been serving the interests of special interest groups and corporations in favor of their constituents who had them elected.
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In a country-wide effort to end the unwanted influence of corporate mega-donors in the American democratic system, Tiffany Muller founded political action committee End Citizens United on March 1, 2015. With help from Executive Vice President of the organization Matt Burgess the organization has gone on to raise more than $60 million in the past three years utilizing only grassroots funding mechanisms. End Citizens United has use of these funds to help support Democratic candidates for Congress that have taken public oats against accepting corporate sponsorships during their political campaigns. While the movement initially began as a fledgling sentiment with only three politicians taking such an oath during the first election cycle the organization took part of in 2016 it has since gone on to grow exponentially. In 2018 so far there have been over 70 senatorial candidates that have made public pledges to reject donations from corporate political action committees and mega-donors.
End Citizens United has recently announced support for two potential senatorial candidates. The first is Cory Booker who made an announcement that he would reject any money coming from corporate special interest groups and political action committees in an effort to remain accountable to his constituents. After receiving significant praise from the organization’s president, Tiffany Muller End Citizens United has taken out an advertisement to support him in his senatorial race challenge opposition leader Rick Saccone. Current Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has also received an endorsement from the political action committee End Citizens United for making a similar’s public statement. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has committed herself to remain accountable to her constituents by no longer accepting donations from corporate mega-donors, political action committees, and corporate special interest groups. These are just two examples and a rising trend across the nation of Senators and members of Congress who are rejecting corporate mega-donors. So far End Citizens United has helped to elect 15 members the positions of political influence throughout our nation and only continues to show more significant momentum.