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End Citizens United Looks Beyond The Establishment To Halt Big Money In U.S. Politics

by Chris Holden - July 24th, 2018.
Filed under: Political.

The traditional PAC, End Citizens United has been working to change the way money is allowed to flow into the campaigns of politicians. Although the PAC was established in 2015 in Washington D.C., the nationwide group has become one of the most important for Democrat’s who are flocking to receive the endorsement of the organization. The PAC reports around 96 percent of Americans now believe money in politics is interfering with the democratic system.

Among those to receive an early endorsement from the PAC is Texas Senate hopeful, Beto O’Rourke who has been working to overcome incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. The work being done by O’Rourke, with the aid of End Citizens United has seen the gap between the pair narrow from a reported 18 point lead for Cruz to just five percent. Beto O’ Rourke is reported by End Citizens United to sit just eight percent behind Cruz in the polls with the University of Texas reporting a narrower five-point lead.

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The meteoric rise of End Citizens United in the last three years comes after the U.S. Supreme Court permitted the influx of funds from billionaire donors and organizations into politics. The Supreme Court decision would become known as Citizens United and saw Republicans including the Koch Brothers permitted to provide billions of dollars in funding for right-wing groups. The majority of research agrees Republicans are the biggest beneficiaries of the Citizens United decision which is why the PAC decided to back Democrats in upcoming elections.

It is shocking to discover the reason behind the main reason behind the influx of funding in U.S. politics was a movie, “Hillary: The Movie.” The Citizens United group provided the funding for the movie and its broadcast but refused to reveal where the funds came from. Although Hillary Clinton lost out on the 2008 nomination for the Presidency to President Obama, the fight over the Citizens United decision of that year continued until 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United. End Citizens United was established to protect the remaining election finance rules and fight to reverse the Citizens United decision.

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