End Citizens United Steps Up Efforts To Combat Big Money Influence In American Politics

End Citizens United has stepped up efforts to support candidates that support efforts at campaign finance reform just ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections. ECU was established in 2015 in response to a ruling on the part of the United States Supreme Court that placed no limits placed on the number and amount of campaign donations that can be given by political actions committees. and further stated that these PACS are not required to publicly disclose the individuals or business entities that donate to them.End Citizens United is committed to ending the ongoing abuses that have resulted from this decision in a variety of ways including providing support to candidates that have a documented track record of disallowing ‘dark’ money to influence their political activities.

ECU also commits to candidates that vote for measures seeking to remove big money from the political process. ECU raises money to support candidates using grassroots efforts and wields the power that is provided to them by the construction of a network consisting of 400,000 small-scale donors. The average donation of these donors is estimated to be $14 which will result in $35 million being available to ECU leading up to the mid-term elections. Another method End Citizens United seeks to lessen the impact of big money in political circles is to call attention to, and pose opposition to, candidates they identify as misusers of this money. This is a fact that Florida Governor Rick Scott just learned the hard way.

End Citizens United filed a recent complaint with the Federal Election Committee alleging that Scott, who is now seeking a position with the U.S. Senate, is circumventing the limits placed on direct campaign contributions by way of an improper alliance with the political action committee New Republican.ECU says that Rick Scott is in violation because it is not legal for a candidate to work directly with a political action committee despite the fact that a PAC is allowed to support whichever candidate it chooses and there is no limit on the amount of support that can be given. End Citizens United cites evidence of Scott’s improprieties in his dealings with the New Republic as the fact he was once the chairman of the group that has pledged its allegiance to his campaign efforts.

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