Corporations are people. The idea seems strange to people who wonder how a legal fiction can have all the same rights as the individual, but this is not a new idea to law students. The legal structure that allows citizens to form corporations. There is no original supreme court ruling that requires this idea. The legal precedent was set in a 19th century court case against a railroad company. The foot note says that these fictitious persons have all the same rights as corporations. This strange footnote found itself at the center of controversy again in the early 21st century. Lawyers for Citizens United were surprised when the supreme court ruled for the FCC. Many people who never studied law suddenly learned that corporations are legally defined as people.
End Citizens United wants to change or alter this legal definition. It is a political action committee that operates at the grass roots level. Because it wants to end the influence of big money on politics, or dark money as some supporters call it, it wants to operate using only funds donated from contributors only. The organization refuses to accept any corporate donations. The group typically backs Democratic Party candidates who support campaign finance reform, but End Citizens United will back a candidate from any party who wants to see the Citizens United vs FEC decision overturned.
End Citizens United is often more active turning the midterm elections. It hopes to increase voter turnout. It current goal is to replace congressmen and senators who are happy with the current campaign finance laws with candidates who favor ending large corporate influence on American politics. The issue End Citizens United was founded over came to a head during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then Candidate Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, accused the American government being an oligarchy that only represented corporate interests.
The growing level of unhappiness across the nation following the Citizens United decision of 2010 which resulted in a major change to the way election campaigns are financed has led to calls for changes to be made to finance laws across the nation. The traditional PAC, End Citizens United have become one of the major members of the drive to change the way individuals vote based largely on the fact special interest groups and so-called “mega-donors” have been changing the way America votes since 2010.
End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has been leading calls for a review of the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United which allowed almost unlimited funding of political campaigns from special interest groups and “dark money” groups. Funding a campaign through special interest groups only leads to the candidate being placed under pressure to repay their debt to a corporate entity when they finally make their way to Washington D.C. or to political office at any level.
As a ruling, Citizens United has been described as many things including “creative” because of its loose interpretation of free speech regulations. The decision was made by a single vote majority of 5-4 with those opposed to the decision stating a corporate entity should not be allowed the same free speech rights as a human individual. Campaign funding laws have changed over the years but the grassroots campaigns created by End Citizens United have proven popular as they remove the specter of political influence from political life for a successful candidate.
Ever since the grassroots campaign of President Barrack Obama for The White House in 2008 and the similar attempts at reaching the Oval Office by Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016, End Citizens United has recognized the need for transparency and independence in election campaign finances. The decision to operate as a traditional PAC has made a major difference to the trust and respect offered End Citizens United despite the group only being in existence since 2015; limiting each member to just $5,000 in donations per election cycle means Tiffany Muller is not held responsible by a single special interest group or donor if their wishes are not carried out. This is not to say the PAC has not attracted some major donors as George Soros has been one of those providing funds for the End Citizens United but limiting him to a $5,000 donation means he has no more say in the future direction of the PAC than a donor providing the average $14 donation.