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The Events Led To The Formation Of End Citizens United And Its Success In The Recent Years

End Citizens United is one of the largest PAC in the U.S. with extensive volunteer and contributor base. It is interesting to know that the origin of the PAC is from a Supreme Court order in 2010 that removed the election campaign finance restrictions. James Bopp, a senior lawyer from Indiana, paved the ways for the verdict with his arguments. He was presenting the case of a small conservative PAC, Citizens United since it was denied to broadcast a movie based on Hillary. Bopp took the case finally to the Supreme Court and argued that entities and corporation should have rights similar to the citizens.

The Supreme Court accepted this argument, gave corporations similar rights of citizens, and addressed them as “persons.” The court also stated that stopping corporations from spending in elections to defeat a particular candidate is against their First Amendment Rights, and it is unconstitutional. The court removed the campaign finance laws that were restricting the corporations from unlimited spending. The verdict became a major setback to the electioneering process of the country considering the unrestricted and unaccounted flow of money into the campaign system in the later years. James Bopp has appeared multiple similar types of cases across various state courts and the Federal Supreme Court to remove all the laws that were restricting the interference of corporations into the election process.

Now, many people feel that the system rigged against them after the verdict, and that is being translated into a massive support to End Citizens United. It should be noted that the PAC was founded in 2015 to resist the changes in election campaign system after the Citizens United verdict. Per the latest information, the PAC could collect $4 million, in the form of contributions, during the first three months of 2017. It should be noted that PAC has made a ceiling on individual contributions at $5000. The PAC has laid out plans to collect $35 million before the midterm elections for Congress in 2018. If it is achieved, that could be a major achievement considering its collection of $25 million in the 2016 Presidential election.

Tiffany Muller, the President of End Citizens United, confirmed that almost 100,000 people contributed during the first quarter. Interestingly, about 40,000 of them are first time contributors to the PAC. By raising the targeted amount, the PAC plans to elect “election-finance reform champions” in the next year election. Muller continued that the average contribution per individual stands at $12 this year. The PAC is actively involved in the campaigning process of candidates who are found to be pro-reform and liberal. In the initial weeks of April 2017, End Citizens United asked its supporters to contribute about $500,000 to the campaign of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia.

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Archie Parnell Gets the Support of End Citizens United for Congress

End Citizens United, a PAC which is opposing the unaccounted money flow into the politics and election process, has decided to support Archie Parnell for the Congress race from South Carolina. Interestingly, Parnell completed almost 70 percent of the primary and confirmed that he is planning to fight against big money into politics with the implementation of financial reform. “He proved that he has grassroots level support and expected to garner more when moving to the general election,” said Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United. The support of the PAC is part of its agenda to send maximum pro-reform legislators into the Congress and the Senate to make legislation that controls the unaccounted and uncontrolled money flow a reality.

 

 

“I am excited about the support that is given by End Citizens United as it works dedicated to the campaign finance reform which derails the natural democratic processing in Washington. For a long time, many politicians are part of vested interests and try to represent the business groups rather than the electorate they receive, and I assure an independent and different voice of South Carolina in the Congress,” said Parnell in a statement. The large donor group and volunteers of the PAC are expected to work in favor of Parnell and would support with the resources for the Congress race. The latest reports confirm that the PAC has more than three million members with at least 29,000 from South Carolina alone.

 

 

End Citizens United is formed in 2015 to fight against the negative trends created in the politics and election process after the Citizens United verdict by the Supreme Court in 2010. Citizens United verdict recognized the corporations and unions as citizens and allowed spending without limits and accountability. Though the PAC is just two years old, it has grown as a mass volunteer organization to voice against the unfavorable trends in politics. During the first three months of this year, the PAC has collected more than $4 million in a mission to support the favorable candidates during 2018 midterm elections. The group is planning to make the total amount to $35 million before the elections, which is a significant rise from its previous record of collecting $25 million for 2016 Presidential Election.

 

 

Close to 100,000 people made contributions during the initial quarter and out of this around 40,000 of them are first-time givers, confirmed Muller. The average contribution stands at $12 and this shows that more people are showing interest to support the cause. It should be noted that End Citizens United were the third largest federal PAC for the year 2016. Interestingly, the PAC has made a limit for the contributions to $5000 per individual considering its fight against unlimited finance in elections.

 

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George Soros And His Contributions

Many people are familiar with George Soros who is one of the wealthiest individuals in the world, according to Forbes Magazine. Yet, they may not be aware of the political views he holds. According to Discover the Networks, one only has to look at the organizations that he supports to understand this powerful investor’s political point of view on Snopes.

America Violates Citizen’s Rights

George Soros believes that many people living in America do not have the most basic human rights. Therefore, he supports The Bill of Rights Defense Committee. This committee encourages communities to not enforce the provisions of the Patriot Act. He also is a supporter of the American Arab Institute believing that Muslim Americans have wrongly been persecuted since the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Support for Nonwhite Groups

George Soros believes that many ethnic groups in America need to become more powerful on opensocietyfoundations.org. He believes that too much power still is in the hands of white Americans. Therefore, he supports the:

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
National Council of La Raza
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Inequities based on Skin Color in American Courts

Soros believes that people of color are more likely to be found guilty than those who are white. George Soros supports The Sentencing Project working to get everyone shorter prison terms. He also is a benefactor of Critical Resistance who believes that if wealth were redistributed, there would be less crime. He also gives money to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights who works to change many laws that they perceive as based on color.

Youth Activists

George Soros had to make it on his own as he is an immigrant from Hungary. Before coming to the United States, he attended the London School of Economics while working full time. Since George Soros understands the struggle of the working student, he donates money to help other students. The Center for the Community Way is one group that Soros supports. This organization looks for upcoming progressive stars. Another group that George Soros actively supports is Democracy for America who trains about 10,000 students in activism each year.

Soros chose to come to America. Therefore, he has the right to spend the money that he made in the way that he sees fit. Other Americans need to become aware, however, of the causes that he supports on Politico.

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