The 2018 midterm elections are only six months away. In this regard, End Citizens United has kept on endorsing candidates who have continuously demonstrated their commitment and support to the campaign finance reform efforts. The organization continues to throw its support behind political candidates with a proven track record of turning down dark money. These candidates have also, on numerous occasions, voted in favor of laws and policies that help channel the money to Washington. End Citizens United has endorsed a number of candidates some of whom are vying to unseat Republican incumbents. Visit End Citizens United on Twitter for more updates.
Unlike their counterparts, candidates who prefer not to align themselves with big money spenders and corporations usually have an unfair advantage. End Citizens United is committed to ensuring that there is a level playing field to all the candidates. They do this by raising money from the grassroots and using that money to support the election of pro-reform candidates. Since its establishment, the End Citizens United has been a force to reckon with during elections. Candidates endorsed by the ECU this year will have access to over $35 million raised through small-dollar contributors. The End Citizens United calls for anyone who is concerned with the influence dark money has on the country’s politics to join them through their contributions. Some of the candidate endorsed by the ECU include:
Beto O’Rouke – He is one of the house representatives that did not accept donations from PAC. He is looking to unseat Senator Ted Cruz. Beto has represented Texas’s congressional district for over six years now.
Randy Bryce – Randy has for a long time tried to replace Wisconsin’s longtime senator and speaker of the house Paul Ryan. Since Paul Ryan will not be running, the chance is ripe for Randy to take over.
Brendan Kelly – Brendan is the State Attorney for St. Clair County, Illinois. Known for fighting back against big corporations such as banks and pharmaceutical companies, Brendan is looking to unseat Congressman Mike Bost.
ECU has been in existence since March 1, 2015. The organization, also known as ECU, has slightly over 50 employees. Its main objective is to fight special interest groups and wealthy individuals who dash out money during elections.
Big Money 20’s main mission is to defeat candidates who do the bidding of special interests and instead allows billionaires and the special interests themselves to spend their own big money on electoral campaigns. Senator Ted Cruz, for example, went as far as to state that money can represent speech and argued that the campaign finance reform was about silencing the people. Which goes against the right to free speech.
End Citizens United (ECU) is a grassroots organization trying to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), which legalized billionaires and special interests to anonymously spend unlimited amounts of money on their election campaigns. ECU’s main mission is to work to end such Big Money in politics and using methods of raising the issue to the public by doing things like endorse pro-reform candidates, work with state campaigns to pass pro-reform laws, and using memberships as an outlet of forum discussion. ECU’s current president and executive director, Tiffany Mueller holds the record for leading to organization to more than three million members and donations of over $25 million with the average member donation of almost $15. Her leadership has also led to the election of 15 pro-reform members, including Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.
ECU currently has a list of about 123 candidates. Some of these include Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. To ECU, being pro-reform is the understanding that elected officials are there to represent the country’s entire population and not just to favor large corporate companies.
The latest news that ECU is focused on is Paul Ryan’s retirement and the latest evidence of coordination between Rick Scott and the New Republican Super PAC. Claiming that he’s only responsible for their financial account, an FEC complaint investigation has found that Scott guilty of impulsively wiring $1.2 million of soft money into Super PAC without testing the Senate bid. Which also does not follow the finance limit regulations.
End Citizens United is a non-profit PAC founded after the Supreme Court decision on the Citizen United’s case in 2010 which permitted corporations and individuals to make unlimited financial donations to political candidates.
The organization is determined to bring an end to the USA corruption and dark money in the election process. It is supported by grassroots donors who are dedicated to bring an end to the campaign finance reform and restore integrity and democracy in the country. The corporation is also currently looking into the influence of foreign money in the election process. According to the law, it is prohibited to use foreign money in a political campaign. It is however unfortunate that it is not easy to control foreign money from entering the election system due to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling.
There are investigations being carried out by committees on whether a Russian company with direct ties to the Kremlin was involved in the 2016 elections financially. This Russian company is suspected to have purchased political Ads on Facebook worth over 100,000 dollars to influence Donald Trump’s win and Hillary Clinton to lose. Trump denied any knowledge and contact with the Russian President. However, this claim was contradicted by some campaign messages that were discovered to have been sent by George Papadopoulos between the months of March and October 2016 which included one with the subject “Meeting with Russian Leadership-including Putin” This was published by various respected publications.
A group of Chinese nationals was uncovered to have donated 1.3 million dollars through American Pacific International Capital to a Jeb Bush super PAC. At the beginning of 2017, there were 15 cases being investigated by FEC about foreign money influencing the US elections, the investigations have proved difficult because it is hard to track the money as there are few rules and laws in place regarding such contributions. There were also findings that a wealthy Mexican businessperson donated money to a super PAC through shell corporations.
Financial contributions to political leaders are the beginning of corruption. This is because organizations and individuals with the most money tend to ‘buy’ political favors from their supported candidates, therefore, affecting the way things are done. The End Citizens United was founded to put an end to this corruption through supporting and funding candidates who are dedicated to campaign finance reforms. The PAC currently endorsed Randy Bryce to run against Paul Ryan speaker and 2020 republican’s choice of president.
Dick DeVos, the politically active billionaire, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has given his endorsement to republican candidate Marco Rubio. The Michigan native is hoping his support is able to boost the chances of Rubio in his battle for the republican nomination. DeVos stated that it has taken time for him to learn about all candidates before feeling comfortable enough to make a choice. He firmly stands behind his selection, as he feels Rubio has the experience and vision necessary to be president.
DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune, and his wife Betsy are well known throughout Michigan for their political activism and their charitable causes. DeVos has a lengthy resume (found on New Netherland Institute) that includes working in many positions within the Amway corporation (see this Michigan Live article), being CEO and President of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise and running for governor of Michigan in 2006. He has also started and operated numerous businesses of his own in a variety of industries.
Dedicated to republican causes, both he and his wife have donated generously to the GOP and numerous individual candidates. He is also a passionate advocate for the school voucher system, reducing the control union bosses have over Michigan workers and numerous other causes that affect the population of his home state.
The organization has helped to open a public charter high school for aviation students, the first of its kind in the nation. This is partially due to the couple’s passion for education and partially due to Dick’s penchant for flight.
Additional projects include; funding for the arts, educational scholarship programs and the financing of local pollution studies as well as much more.Visit Dick on LinkedIn to learn more about his career >> https://www.linkedin.com/in/dickd