I think every American can agree that we need campaign finance reform in this country. Things have really been going off the rails ever since 2010’s Citizens United decision. The government now considers all businesses and corporations to be people. That’s right, McDonald’s is now a single US citizen. And, as a US citizen, McDonald’s has the right to free speech. But how does a corporation express free speech?
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision down party lines, decided that these new people, a.k.a. corporations, could only express their freedom of speech through spending. Now businesses are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence America and her voters during every election. This will continue in perpetuity until Congress steps in. Of course, we could sidestep Congress with a constitutional amendment.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 in order to end Citizens United. It’s a simple mission, but the group has a complex approach. They are currently working on the local level to change campaign finance laws while they endorse Democratic candidates who promise to fight against the decision. That’s why they are currently endorsing Beto O’Rourke in his bid for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018.
End Citizens United is also serving as financial watchdogs. End Citizens United has turned its sights on Governor Rick Scott in Florida. They are working with the media and law enforcement to enforce campaign finance laws while keeping a close eye on Rick Scott’s Senate run.
They recently caught him taking millions of dollars in donations from equity executives that he helped out as governor. Somehow, he used his powers as governor to change the state’s pension in order to benefit certain executives. Now these executives have been caught giving him kickbacks to the amount of $3 million.
I don’t believe for one second that the people of Florida will elevate the corrupt Rick Scott to the Senate. And I am especially pleased to learn that End Citizens United is in Florida to fight him. I am also rooting for their ally, Beto O’Rourke, in his bid to unseat Ted Cruz.
This is a new low for Paul Ryan’s super PAC. Our national security should come before politics. The Super PAC should destroy all copies of the form and agree to not use the information in any fashion. #VA07 https://t.co/TA1GCa95cj
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) August 29, 2018