With the 2016 election almost a year behind us there are many lessons to be learned. One of those lessons, according to the committee End Citizens United, is to get special interest money out of politics and particularly our election process. ECU has been fighting for a constitutional amendment since March 2015 that would require donation transparency, thus eliminating the influence of Super PACs (corporations with inexhaustible donation power) and encourage small public donations. This change would give a voice to citizens, allow smaller campaigns a chance to thrive, and ensure a fair election process.
ECU has shown much progress, mainly with endorsing and promoting candidates who support their cause. The article “Randy Bryce Is the Perfect Fit for End Citizens United,” is just one example of their efforts to boost the right politicians in office.
Bryce, running for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, has already shown his support for ECU by only accepting small donations and refusing Super PAC funding. He also plans to run against Paul Ryan, the current Speaker of the House and a strong advocate and benefactor of Citizens United. Ryan supports the Supreme Court’s decision to define corporations as people, which gives them the right to donate anonymously and without limit. Bryce plans to alter our government’s priorities away from corporate influence and toward a system that listens to the concerns of ordinary citizens.
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To succeed, the solution to restoring our elections and our democracy are to overturn Citizens United and replace bought politicians with candidates who refuse corporate handouts for return favors. ECU is doing both with a campaign that plans to raise up to $35 million to support honest contenders to replace bought politicians. They also work state-by-state to pass reform laws and gain local support from officials who can call for an amendment to end Citizens United.
Additionally, ECU brings campaign finance reform and corruption issues to the forefront in order to inform the public. They achieve this through massive polling drives, a large social media presence, sources for the average citizen to participate locally, and educational resources to find out who and what is being funded.
With these efforts in place ECU hopes to flip many seats in the coming local and general elections and eventually get money out of the political process.
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