“End Citizens United: Fighting Against “Anything Goes” Campaign Finance” by the writers over at reporterexpert.com covers the interesting events that surround a recent decision in favor of the small, conservatively-based group Citizens United. Back in 2010, the group went to the Supreme Court over an ad that they released featuring political candidate Hillary Clinton in what can only be dubbed as a feature-length movie attacking the candidate. Upon viewing the movie, the Federal Election Commission demanded that Citizens United disclose their funding sources and preventing them from airing the movie. As a corporation, they were not permitted to air the movie and were even prohibited from creating the communication within so many days of the upcoming election. They immediately took the court’s ruling all the way up to the Supreme Court where they were granted the same freedom of speech rights as normal everyday citizens were.
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For some citizens it seems cut and dry, they wanted to air a movie and they sought the avenues that were available to them in order to air it. End Citizens United saw the long-term implications of such a decision. By extending those same rights to the corporation they also extended the rights of corporations to contribute an anonymously to a candidate’s campaign without a cap to the amount of money that they are able to donate. This means that they can operate with almost 0 checks and balances. It is not only terrifying for the individuals over at End Citizens United but should be something that all citizens worry about when it comes to corporate influence over their local political candidates.
Nowadays, End Citizens United works on securing funding for those candidates that have gone on the record as saying that they do not support this measure or are unwilling to take corporate funding because of this measure. Since these individuals are not taking this funding that puts them at a severe disadvantage when compared to their opponents that may take the funding. This organization helps make the money necessary to help run a campaign and keep these candidates in the race. During their first cycle, they were able to secure more than $25 million to help their candidates all over the nation. This showed that while the corporate thread is still looking for many individuals, organizations such as End Citizens United will continue to push for the Supreme Court to overturn this amount of undue influence.
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