With only eight weeks to the 2018 midterm Elections, ECU, commonly known as End Citizens remains unwavering on its fight against the decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 regarding campaign financing. End Citizens United, an action committee formed in 2015 in response to the Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme court decision proves this, by continuously supporting and endorsing congressional candidates who support its campaign finance reforms and also by opposing Judge Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court. Follow the organization on Twitter.
A Look at Why End Citizens United Was Formed
In 2010, the Supreme Court made a decision that allowed anyone seeking election into the office to be financed privately. In other words, that meant that a candidate was allowed to receive large campaign donations without disclosing the source of the funds. According to ECU, such a policy gave room to lobbyist as they could now fund the campaigns of various candidates and ensure that they are voted into office. As a result, these candidates would, in turn, help them by representing their interests and helping them get their way by passing laws and regulations that favor them.
Also, the decision of the Supreme courts meant that if such candidates were voted into office, they would not be representing the interests of Average Joe, and instead they would be representing the interests of those who got them into office. Additionally, it also and still means that leaders who have the potential to make a difference in society cannot win because they lack the financial capacity of their competitors; hence cannot campaign effectively. Even though End Citizens has helped in creating other reforms, this is the primary reason why it was formed.
By supporting democratic candidates with a history of rejecting the dark money and endorsing them into Congress, the action committee believes it will be able to accomplish its goal of ensuring campaign finance reforms. Some of the candidates that the body is supporting include Randy Bryce who is vying to unseat republican’s incumbent candidate, Paul Ryan. Other End Citizens United’s endorsements include Jacky Rosen, Beto O’Rourke, Jon Tester, Elissa Slotkin, and Angus King among many others.
Why ECU Is Against the Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
According to End Citizens United, Judge Kavanaugh has the history of supporting the interests of mega-donors with radical agendas, and as such, his nomination to the Supreme Court threatens the rights and freedoms of the average citizens.