Founded in March 2015, End Citizens United was formed to fight against political groups who pay large amounts of money to elect the candidates of their choice. The formation of the group followed a 2010 Supreme Court decision that made it easier for limitless, untraceable money to be donated during elections by special interest groups. The questions leading to this decision arose during the 2008 election cycle. Read more news about the group on USA Today.
During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, a conservative group known as Citizens United tried to air a negative ninety minute film called Hillary: The Movie. The Federal Election Commission found the film to be a campaign ad. Federal law at the time required political ad funding information to be disclosed, but Citizens United would not reveal who funded the film or the cost of running the film, and sued to have the FEC decision overturned. However, in a unanimous decision, a federal court upheld the FEC ruling.
In 2010, the election was over and Barack Obama had been elected. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling in a 5-4 decision. The decision gave corporations the right to act as individuals in the election process, and did away with government abilities to place limitations on corporations regarding campaign funding. Corporate contributions to campaigns could now be unlimited and anonymous. Some immediate concerns were the fact that many American companies have multi-national ties and foreign interests, and the unfair advantage given to the wealthy to be able to influence elections.
End Citizens United clearly establishes their main goal in their choice of name. The group is based in Washington, D.C. The plan is to use grassroots funding to try to counter the influx of corporate cash. End Citizens United will support candidates who commit to working for improvement of campaign finance laws. The ultimate commitment of the group is to overturn the 2010 ruling.
End Citizens United has put together an experienced political team. Tiffany Muller serves as the president and executive director. She and her team have decades of experience working with campaigns and finance. End Citizens United is geared up for the 2018 elections, and the possibilities of moving closer to their goals. View the group’s profile on Politifact.com.