The steps that End Citizens United are Making in the Political and Social Scene
The just concluded presidential elections are one of the most memorable contests in the history of the country. The tightly contested race saw some PACs that had not been heard of in many years come out to support their candidates of choice. Well, the elections are over, and the 45th president has been sworn into office, and even though not all the people supported the man, everyone agrees that it is time to come together for the future of the nation. One of the groups that were very vocal in the Democratic Party Campaign is the End Citizens United PAC. As their name suggests, the group came together to fight the legislation known as Citizens United, which was passed by the Supreme Court in 2010.
When the campaign season was starting in 2015, the group had raised about $2million. They used this money to support Democratic candidates of their choice. This amount had increased to more than $30 million by the end of the campaign cycle. They increased the number of candidates they supported with this money, and a good number of them are in office. The group is not operating a new initiative, which they had started advocating for during the campaigns that led up to the elections. They are seeking to have the constitution amended to disallow super PACs to participate in the elections process. They claim that this amendment has made it possible for dirty money from venues such as the Koch brothers to get its way into the politics.
The group needs at least one million signatures to get a hearing from the Supreme Court. They have managed to collect about 300,000 signatures and to get the rest, they have joined hands with the ‘Ready for Hillary’ Movement which has 4 million members. They are hoping that the Hillary group will help them increase their signatures. Richard Carbo, the leader of the group, spoke about their ambition, stating that he knew it was a little high, but also mentioned that they had a role to play towards ensuring that better political processes were followed in the country.
The last time that the constitution was amended was in 1992, which makes the initiative of the group seem like a far-fetched dream. Analysts claim that even if the team manages to raise $100,000 towards the effort, it will still be hard to convince the Supreme Court to give them a hearing. To this, they have responded by saying that it is their role as a group to make sure the public is kept in the know about the functions of the Supreme Court. Even though it may seem like all the odds are stacked against this group, they might effect some changes in the community.