End Citizens United or ECU for short, is an non-profit organization intended to counteract the forces of ‘Citizens United’. This political actions committee was founded in March of 2015 and has since been funded by grassroots donors. By passing state ballot measures along with a few other tactics, they hope to fix our rigged political system. This group of democrats is essentially fighting for reform.
End Citizens United has recently spoken on the subject of the 2016 election. Reports of Russian companies using tactics to influence the election is certainly old news to most Americans by now. As the investigation on the subject has ensued, more and more evidence has appeared. End Citizens United has pointed out the fact that the Russians weren’t the only swinging force in the election.
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Foreign money has also greatly impacted the outcome. Although prohibited in the campaign, foreign money can be tricky to keep out of it. This is possibly due to the relaxed set of laws that were put in place. Lawmakers have spent time in recent years trying to create a less strict set of laws pertaining to financial contributions in campaigns. Therefore, situations like the $100,000 dollar digital ad campaign uncovered by Mueller have been able to occur. It is unknown to officials exactly how much foreign money was spent during the 2016 election. Chinese nationals however, were able to donate $1.3 million to a Jeb Bush PAC due to a loophole in the system according to crunchbase.com. A shocking 15 cases pertaining to illegal foreign money have been investigated during the beginning of 2017 alone. The problem cannot be pinpointed on any one of the three branches of government, as all have contributed to the situation. The Supreme court however, made a bad decision in the 2010 case – “Citizens United v. the U.S. Federal Election Commission” as they decided to allow “speech” donations which essentially allowed the donations of labor groups to be unlimited. The fact that organizations wish to help a particular party in a campaign is not the issue. The issue is that when the laws are not strict enough, there are people who will use their money and power in an unjust manner, thus creating an unfair advantage. End Citizens United has since been pushing for change. From fundraisers to proposed measures, they have made a serious contribution to the change in our rugged system.