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How End Citizens United Is Working To Overhaul Campaign Finance Reform


     End Citizens United (ECU) is a single issue political action committee. That issue is campaign finance reform. They are named after a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that resulted in the political system becoming awash in anonymous big money putting politicians in office and buying them off. This PAC works to elect politicians who have pledged to vote in a way to reign in this endless spending and restore power to the average people in America rather than one which by and large just works for the benefit of the richest and most powerful.

ECU’s mission is led by President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller. She has been a leader in the area of progressive grassroots efforts for several years. During the 2016 election, the first one in which ECU took part, her leadership led to this PAC raising over $25 million. They were able to elect 15 new politicians who are committed to campaign finance reform. Two of these were new Senators, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Nevada’s Catherine Cortez-Masto. They are poised for even more success in 2018 for which they expect to raise $35 million or more.

End Citizens United has endorsed many people who are running for office in 2018 in both the US Senate and Congress. Among the latest to receive their endorsement is Hiral Tipirneni. She is a Democrat who is running to represent Arizona’s West Valley congressional seat. Like everyone ECU supports she has committed to getting corporate cash removed from politics. She is in a special election which will end in April and ECU is asking their grassroots members to financially support her. ECU says that they have 5,800 members in her district and around 400,000 overall across the United States.

ECU has also spoken out against those politicians who are beholden to their corporate masters. These politicians accept huge money from special interests, among them Wall Street, oil firms, and drug companies. They call this the Big Money 20 and it includes two Senators, Ted Cruz of Texas and Dean Heller of Nevada. The other 18 politicians on their list all presently serve in Congress, including Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. He has taken in over $8 million in unaccountable money. He also forced through the ACA repeal-and-replace bill which hurt the people he claims to represent while rewarding his mega-doners. Since ECU announced this list three of their targeted politicians have since dropped out.

 

For more, please read “End Citizens United PAC Wants To Make Its Name A Reality.

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