Since its inception in March 2015, the End Citizens United Political Action Committee (PAC) has been steadily gaining momentum, especially in the Democratic Party. This 2018 midterm election cycle could be a significant turning point in the grassroots movement to end anonymous corporate donations for candidates in all levels of government. While the ultimate goal is to define the first amendment to extend only individuals rather than business entities, smaller victories for individual candidates and campaign finance reform is progress worth celebrating, and it looks like there will be a wave of Democratic wins and new state ballot measures this year.
While many voters may not be familiar with the Citizen United supreme court ruling, they have felt the effects of it. Anyone who lived through the tumultuous presidential election of 2016 with its constant bombardment of advertising across all platforms knows that unlimited funding is not their best interest. The continuous in your face promotions of the candidates solidified for many US citizens that the campaign funding process is corrupt and flawed. The demand for transparency in politics has never been higher. The country is ready to make this change, and End Citizens United is in a strong position to help facilitate the end of “anything goes” campaign finance.
One of the primary short-term goals of End Citizens United is to pass state ballot measures that limit the influence of corporate money in politics. There are many Democratic candidates and a handful of Republicans who support these measures running for office this year. By acting locally, supporters and activists for this movement can help raise funding and awareness to work on a federal level. Raising money through digital platforms and creating a broad coalition of individuals who support campaign finance reform will help this movement accomplish much to reach its goals in the 2018 Mid-Term Election.
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