The republican party has apparently been given a leg up in the outset of the 2010 Citizens United case. The case pitching conservative group Citizens United against he Federal Elections Commission concluded in a tight 5-4 ruling in Citizens United’s favor. Like Roe vs. Wade, Dred Scot vs. Sanford, or Brown vs. Board of Education the ruling could greatly impact the future. The question political parities currently argue over is whether that is a good thing.
The main problem with the Supreme Court ruling is that it opens the door for unlimited political contributions for corporations. The ruling effectively widens the coverage of free speech past the individual and onto the corporation. This means companies can allocate money to campaign finance without identifying themselves, using the contributions to swing legislation their way. Justice Stevens, who was a no vote, claimed that the ruling hinders the democracy’s ability to function. He is not alone in this sentiment.
Many politicians are standing against the ruling, most of them hailing from the left side of the political spectrum. They warn of the dangers and advocate legislation to stop the ruling in its tracks. As the Supreme Court is the highest court stateside the only way to countermand the decision is through legislation. PAC organizations support it, but one in particular is putting its money where its mouth is.
End Citizens United is funding democratic elections in hopes of stacking the deck with advocates against Citizens United. Advocates who will use their political stations to put legislation in place to amend the first amendment. It will take some doing to get the ball rolling, and even more to ratify the amendment, but on the outset it will stop Citizens United it is tracks. Simply put, the first amendment will gain specific interpretation that free speech pertains only to the individual.
End Citizens United as formed back in 2015, and is a very active PAC. Led by a solid group of veterans, each with a decade of political experience in their belts, End Citizens United uses grassroots funding to support its candidates. As most opposition comes from the left, the candidates are primarily Democrat. End Citizens United is run by president and executive director Tiffany Muller, who served as chief of staff to two congressmen. Her executive vice president is Matt Burgess, a campaign expert. The PAC raised $25 million dollars in 2016.