The political machine has been changing and evolving in America ever since it was first implemented. People have been fighting in order to establish themselves as the top of the food chain. Unfortunately in this scrabble politicians forgot what they were supposed to be doing: representing their constituents. One of the biggest issues in American politics today is the role of money and how it influences politicians. Dark money is the catchy term for the problem and it ‘s rise can be traced back to the 2010 Supreme Court decision involving the conservative group, Citizens United.
Citizens United argued with the Supreme Court that they should be allowed to loosen restrictions on campaign financing. In effect, Citizens United was doing the bidding of those million and billion dollar corporations who wanted free reign to come in and plunder the political system. This is where Tiffany Muller and her political action committee, or PAC, come in: End Citizens United. End Citizens United was established by Muller in order to fight for change in the political system. The committees primary goal is simple: to put politicians in place so that they can make an attempt at reversing the Citizens United decision on the federal level. While this mission statement is simple, the truth is anything but.
Still, thanks to the controversial election of Donald Jump to the White House there have been no shortage of people excited and ready to get active in the political world. Through the first quarter of 2017 the guys and girls at End Citizens United saw nearly 40,000 people across the country contribute their time to pushing the cause, fundraising, and getting signatures for important petitions. While the ultimate goal of End Citizens United may be difficult, raising awareness is the number one step in making it likely at all. Even looking past the fundraising activities we can see that financially speaking, End Citizens United has succeeded in raising nearly $4 million in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year. This $4 million will go a long way toward helping but it is only a small part of their goal. End Citizens United is planning on raising $35 million throughout 2017.
The big plan for End Citizens United is to raise a whopping $35 million for the 2018 Congressional Elections. 2018 will prove to be even more important than the 2016 Presidential Election because it will shape Congress for years to come. End Citizens United is focused on endorsing politicians like Senator Feingold and Senator Bennet, both Democrats, that are willing to put repealing Citizens United on the table. If End Citizens United can get enough politicians behind this idea, they might actually have a chance to make this happen.
In 2010 the Supreme Court of The United States ruled in the case of Citizens United v. F.E.C. that “corporations are people” and our election process changed dramatically. What this means, simply put, is corporations, special interest groups and billionaires can contribute unlimited sums of money to candidates they feel will best serve their interests. These funds are untraceable, meaning people like the Koch Brothers and others like them can buy an election and the average person does not even realize it.
This decision and the ramifications for our country has led to the creation of an organization that intends to fight back and eventually restore integrity to our campaign finance system. End Citizens United was established in 2015, as a political action committee dedicated to putting an end to the disastrous effects of this Supreme Court decision. They plan to accomplish this by supporting candidates for the house and senate who are like minded and will be willing to vote to overturn this decision. In this effort, they will be making periodical announcements about who these candidates are.
Their most recent press release, dated May 5, 2017, is about the recent decision of 21 Republican members of Congress to vote in support of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. End Citizens United has exposed the fact that these 21 house members will receive $2 million, from a secretive special interest group, to support their re-election campaigns. Over 24 million people could lose coverage, and health care costs for Americans will go up, not down. People over 50 will see their rates go up and individuals with pre-existing conditions are going to find it much harder to find affordable healthcare insurance. Even pregnancy and rape would now be considered a pre-existing condition. The $2 million dollars will pay for an advertising blitz designed to convince their constituents this is a good thing for them. To read the full list of the 21 Republican House members who will benefit from this secret money, please visit End Citizens United .
End Citizens United (ECU) realize to get big money out of our electoral process they must raise lots of money themselves. ECU is a grassroots effort relying on small contributions from average citizens to fund their committee. The average donation this year is about $12, but that has translated into over $4 million raised in the first quarter of the year. With projections of over $35 million by the 2018 midterm elections, the ECU will have over $10 million more than they had in 2016. Making the ECU the third largest PAC and guarantee they will be a major voice in the effort to overturn Citizens United and return our electoral system to the people.
George Soros was named as the leading funder of the recent Democratic Politics according to Politico. He has also been termed as the top “boogeyman of conservatives.” George Soros committed over 25 million dollars to boost Hillary Clinton. This is according to the records of the Federal Election Commission. George Soros has been a big force behind the US elections for many years. He is a huge investor and is very much involved in the US economy. He believes that Donald Trump is not fit for the US presidency. George Soros is an international investor and an activist. He believes that the President to be elected should consider issues that affect Americans the most.
It is said that he has a 25-year relationship with the presidential candidate on project-syndicate.org. Soros later canceled the trip since he needed to monitor Europe’s economic situation. The multi-billionaire investor is known to be a big supporter of the US elections. He offers his contributions to support his candidate of choice. George Soros believed that Hillary Clinton was the most suitable candidate for the US Presidency. He felt that Donald Trump lacked the qualities of a president and that his policies were not appropriate for America. He states that Trump was stoking fears to the Americans by doing the work of ISIS. See: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2014/11/20/wake-up-europe/
Michael Vachon is the political advisor of George Soros. Michael said that Soros’ political stakes for this year were exceptionally high although he had been a consistent donor when it came to Democratic causes on time.com. He stated that this is because George Soros cared about many issues like criminal justice reforms, immigration reforms, and religious tolerance. George Soros has been determined to ensure that Trump does not win the US elections among other wealthy activists. Other liberal donors who contributed to Democratic politics include Don Sussman who is a New York Hedge funder, Tom Stever who is an environmentalist from San Francisco, Saban Haim, and Fred Eychaner.
George Soros donated 2 million dollars to American Bridge 21st Century. This is a super PAC opposition research that targets Donald Trump among other Republican candidates. He also donated 700,000 dollars to Democratic Party committees and other contributions to the election campaigns. The results of the elections came out, and Hillary was defeated by Trump. George Soros and other supporters of Hillary were shocked. The tens of millions that Soros and other wealthy liberals spent on Hillary’s campaign did not bear fruit. They immediately convened a gathering in Washington to fight back against Trump. The meeting was scheduled for three days. It started on a Sunday night and was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington. The attendees of the conference include Nancy Pelosi-the House Democratic leader, Keith Ellison-co-chairman of Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren according to Politico. The meeting was sponsored by the Democracy Alliance donor club. It aimed at retooling the money that was left to contest Trump’s presidency.