You cannot listen to any type of news right now without an update to the various investigations going on. Among the most serious of these probes is the one addressing Russia’s possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel assigned to this investigation has already discovered a $100,000 plan to influence the election through social media advertising. Other investigations include questions about China and Mexico. In January, 2017 there were 15 active cases of election tampering.
These disturbing trends have caused people across the country to scrutinize the regulations and laws that oversee campaign financing. Questions are being asked about the billion of dollars contributed each election and the consequences of such donors having expectations of special treatment.
There are many groups organizing to try and change the unfair advantages of unlimited donations. A milestone in this movement was in 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled that donations were “speech” and therefore protected from strict regulation or suppression. The momentous decision opened the donation floodgates wide open and the results are the exact consequences we are dealing with now.
One group that was formed in 2015 is the End Citizens United organization. This grass roots political action group is dedicated to changing the present regulations regarding campaign financing. The group has become a powerful source as it posted numbers of $4 millions in the first month of this year. Predictions plot this amount to grow to $35 million by the midterm elections of 2018.
End Citizens United recognizes that the only hope of true change is to enact institutional changes. They support candidates who are like minded and pledge to lead the fight against the out of control campaign funding. ECD has a powerful influence on social media as they reach out to the common voter without a true voice. It isn’t possible to outspend the wealthy donors that pour money into their pet candidate. Instead, groups like End Citizens United, hope to put together a large group of voices that speak for the people and not the politicians.
ECU supports candidates like Randy Bryce, the Democratic candidate from Wisconsin. Bryce is proud to say that 82% of his donations come from “small donors” with an overall average of $25. Randy Bryce faces Paul Ryan, the current Speaker of the House. Ryan is a proponent for the status quo, including the weak limits on campaign financing. Ryan represents all of the things that Bryce and the End Citizens United are fighting against.
The overall message of these groups is to bring American’s together to protest the unfairness of wealthy donors receiving disproportionate say in elections. It is possible to make a change, but it takes more than rhetoric…it takes action.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) November 16, 2017