End Citizens United (ECU) is a very active political action committee in the United States with a noble cause. The main aim of ECU is to end the influence that rich individuals and corporations have on elections in the country.
The supporters of End Citizens United feel that money is used to control politicians, such that they serve the interests of their financial backers instead of representing the interests of the people who put them in office.
The group is working to overturn the 2010 decision by the Supreme Court to end regulation on the limits of expenditure for specific candidates during election campaigns.
ECU’s focus now is supporting candidates who are sympathetic to their cause, so that the candidates may work to reverse the Supreme Court decision once they are elected.
Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand
A rising number of upcoming politicians are buying into ECU’S ideologies and rejecting funding from corporate political action committees (PAC). Cory Booker, a junior senator from New Jersey, recently announced he would not be accepting funding from any corporate PAC, much to the delight of ECU.
The action group was full of praises for Senator Booker, thanking him for rejecting what they called ‘corporate special interest money.’
Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator representing the state of New York, is yet another political candidate who has rejected any corporate funding for her campaign. Ms. Gillibrand rose from being a political underdog to becoming one of the most robust members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The ECU has a very strong candidate in Kirsten Gillibrand.
Both Booker and Gillibrand have put themselves in a unique position by publicly subscribing to the ECU ideals. By doing this, the two have automatically won the support of an ever-increasing number of Americans who feel that the rich are buying elections; thus, undermining the peoples’ political power.
This, however, means that they have to look elsewhere for funds to compete with opponents who have no qualms about accepting corporate donations.
ECU released a statement on endcitizensunited.org thanking Booker and Gillibrand for putting their constituents’ needs above their own. The ECU went a step further and endorsed both candidates as they prepare to run for office.
ECU president Tiffany Muller hinted that voters would see Booker and Gillibrand’s action as benevolent and rally behind them in their respective campaigns.
2018 Midterm Elections
ECU’s long-term goal is to get enough representatives who support them to be able to reverse the Supreme Court ruling on the regulation of campaign funding. The 2018 Midterm elections look promising, as more candidates, such as Beto O’Rourke of Texas, have rejected the corporate campaign funding.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/12/05/democratic-pac-end-citizens-united-names-big-money-20-targets-2018/918680001/