There is a changing of the guard in Washington D.C. as Donald Trump continues his reign as one of the most destructive forces in the history of the Presidency. The Trump administration has leaned into and profited directly from the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, a conservative group that argued for loosened restrictions surrounding campaign financial contributions. In the intervening years since that monumental decision, you can draw a direct line between the influx of dark money into politics and the rise of dangerous candidates like Trump. There is a political action committee that was created in 2015 that has been doing their best to fight this rise of dangerous money in politics and their name is also their mission statement: End Citizens United. End Citizens United is making it their mission to fight back against the rising tide of dark money by supporting legislators during the important 2018 midterm congressional elections.
The system of pay to play politics is a disease and it’s leaving American families behind.https://t.co/0Vql2fdT8b
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) January 12, 2018
End Citizens United is being led by Tiffany Muller, the president at the PAC. Muller has made major headway over her two years of leadership by spreading the word and organizing grassroots support for the mission of ending the dangerous Citizens United decision. Now, with the 2018 congressional elections looming, End Citizens United is mobilizing for an important year. In order to amend the Citizens United decision, there needs to be brave legislators in the House that are willing to introduce legislation to bring about change. That is why End Citizens United will be targeting four important California House seats belong to: Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa), Darrell Issa (Vista), Duncan Hunter (Alpine), and Mimi Walters (Irvine).
Last year during the 2016 Presidential Election, End Citizens United was active in their support for progressive legislators that were willing to champion campaign finance reform. The PAC put nearly $25 million into their support for a variety of different legislators and that will probably be the goal once again in 2018. End Citizens United has already raised close to $12 million as of October 30th, according to reports released by the Federal Exchange Commissions. While End Citizens United has not committed that money to congressional support, it shows that End Citizens United is already raising serious cash and that people are responding to their message.
The rise of Donald Trump and the corresponding chaos that has ensued in Washington D.C. cannot be understated, particularly when it comes to the future of the United States as a nation. When companies can pour money into the government in order to purchase their own legislators, it creates the fundamental problem that American voters are being completely ignored. If American voters want to find power at the ballot box once again, they’ll show up in droves in support of candidates willing to champion campaign finance reform such as End Citizens United.