In one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in recent memory, Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee turned the political landscape on its head. In essence, that 2010 court case gave rise to the super PACs that now rule the political elections. With the formation of End Citizens United, there is now a PAC that is solely focused on addressing the political side of campaign finance reform.
End Citizens United wants to put elected people in office who support their ideals and philosophies, and so far they are on the right track. Already armed with over 325,000 signatures before the end of the 2015 year, they also had the backing from 11 different Democratic candidates. The initial goal of the group is to have immediate change at the local and state political elections, and then their final and overall goal is to overturn the Citizens United court case. The group does have plan of action they will take in order to make these goals.
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One part of the plan is to elect pro-reform candidates, and Democrats are the way the group is going. But why Democrats and not Republicans? Well, Citizens United’s leadership feels that too many Republicans in Washington stand in their way for Constitutional reform at this moment, but that could change in the future. That is not to say that the entire political party does not agree with Citizens United, there are some standing with the PAC. But for the most part, Democrats are the ones leading the way and showing a belief in reform as a whole. The next part of their plan is to raise awareness of the issue to a national level. With a goal of $25-30 million dollars, there should be plenty of resources to make this happen. The third part of Citizens United’s plan is to pass pro-reform laws in the states along with the help from ballot measure campaigns. The PAC wants to work their way up the ladder and passing state laws first would help them eventually reach their larger goal. And the final step is to use Grassroots membership to show the issue of political money through political power. Citizens United wants to be able to show the super PACs that they cannot control the elections no more without showing where the money is flowing to each candidate in the elections.
With such a lofty goal though, it can be tough to see them create the dream as many financial and political experts have come out and said that changing a Constitutional amendment may be one of the toughest things to do, especially since there has not been any Constitutional changes since 1992.