In 2010, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in favor of Citizens United. Citizens United is a political action committee known for promoting candidates that have unknown amounts of money typically donated from the super wealthy to buy their candidate into office for their own personal interests. The Supreme Court’s ruling decided that corporations are essentially people and are legally able to spend unknown amounts and untraceable money on political campaigns. This ruling basically allows for zero transparency. Wealthy people and special interests groups now can actually get away with buying candidates into office.
Obviously, with a ruling like this some people have concern. People who are in opposition against this ruling formed End Citizens United. End Citizens United was formed in 2015 to be a political action committee. This group favors principles belonging to the Democratic party. This organization works with people of the Democratic party who are trying to keep a balance with and eye on big money spending.
End Citizens United has one main goal. That goal is overturning this ruling and fighting against big money being apart of the American political system. The organization works to promote and elect candidates that support pro-reform. They work to raise relevance about big money spending in campaigns to a national level. They work with state governments to pass legislation that supports pro-reform candidates and responsible campaign spending. The PAC is sponsored by grassroots members that support the organization’s mission of bring honesty, fairness and transparency to campaign funding.
End Citizens United is located in the nation’s capital. The Washington, D.C. based political action committee has a leadership that is strong and skilled in politics. Tiffany Muller, Matt Burgess and Adam Borri. Tiffany is the president of the organization. Matt and Adam assist her in leadership with running operations and communications for the political action committee. The group is led with direction by a hoard of directors that consist of members of the group. These members are well respected for their knowledge and experience working with former political campaigns and their vast insight on the political system.
The changing face of the democratic process in the U.S. has taken many different forms over the years but few changes have caused such instant changes to elections as the Citizens United decision of 2010. The End Citizens United political action committee has been highlighting the growing trend for a huge number of campaign TV and radio ad’s which most people feel are mostly negative and do not offer any particular interest for the majority of voters working their way to the polls during an election campaign.
Over the course of almost a decade, the Citizens United decision has been causing major problems for the regular voters of the U.S. who have become tired of the many different issues associated with the development of election finance regulations. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010 is an interesting story of big money passing into U.S. politics and the lengths many groups will go to in a bid to gain an advantage for the candidate of their choice. Negative ads have become a major issue for many voters who feel they are not being given an overview of the issues or the beliefs of a candidate just a breakdown of what is wrong with one of the candidates.
End Citizens United is fighting to overturn the Supreme Court decision of 2010 which stated the Citizens United group had the right to hide the funding of what was described by the Federal Election Committee as a 90-minute campaign ad. “Hillary: The Movie” was set for broadcast on the eve of the 2008 primaries for Democrats and was released through the Citizens United PAC which would not release information about the funding of the film or who was willing to pay for its broadcast. The various court cases stretched on from 2008 with victories for both sides before the final verdict of the Supreme Court came down in favor of Citizens United at a rate of 5-4.
The idea that a corporate entity had the right to free speech has been described as creative by End Citizens United and resulted in special interest groups and “mega-donors” flooding into the election campaigns of Republicans and Democrats alike. The decision obviously benefitted Republicans more than Democrats as conservative donors are usually a major part of the economic and political elite who are willing to support candidates at a high level over the years.
In the blog ‘Organizing 101, How to hold a great Campaign Rally’ published on January 18th, 2018 by Gabby Weiss are several tips and tricks to how to hold a good rally and to know if one would be right for you. NGP Van was founded in 2010 and mostly used by members of the democratic party as a voter database. NGP VAN also offers web hosting service provider. In this blog, NGP VAN speaks directly to anyone thinking that holding rally might be beneficial for whatever cause they have been looking to raise awareness for. As NGP VAN points out rallies were spotlighted in the 2016 presidential election causing people to take another look at all the good they can do. NGP VAN is quick to point out that organizers need to make sure that a rally is right for them as they can take up a lot of time and resources. Weiss also points out that timing for the rallies is an important feature as it can easily translate into votes if done at the right time.
After deciding that a rally would be the right thing for the candidate or issue planning comes into focus. Writing about things like location, visuals, and even the sound system Weiss goes into detail on what NGP VAN followers would need to have to be able to hold a successful rally. Finally taking into account advertising for the event and turning the energy from the rally into action to help whatever candidate or cause the rally was intended to support, Weiss delves into every aspect of the before and after rally process.
This blog shows exactly what any candidate would need to be able to decide to hold a rally and be successful at it which keeps right in step with NGP VAN’s goals to help candidates with political or social campaigns. This blog is an easy to read and understand how to guide for anyone from the most experiences politician to the newest ones to allow them to be able to hold a successful rally.
George Soros recently transferred $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation. This is one of the largest transfers of wealth for a private donor to a charitable foundation. This enormous donation has made the Open Society Foundation the second largest charitable organization in the United States. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation remains the largest. The donation of made over the past several years. It was just recently disclosed to the public.
George Soros is a billionaire who build his wealth as a hedge fund manager. He also makes considerable donations to the Democratic party. The Open Society was actually founded my Soros more than 30 years ago. The foundation assists in promoting human rights democracy in more than 120 countries. The Open Society has also assisted in causes within the United States. They have donated to programs that protect the rights of gay and lesbian people. Also, they have given to causes that try to reduce police violence. In 2014, the organization donated to aid in the Ebola outbreaks.
In 2016, Soros personally donated 10 million dollars to prevent hate crimes after a surge in violence around the election. He made large contributions to the Hilary Clinton campaign. He has been criticized by both the Republican party conservative publications for using in money to spread his liberal agenda to other countries. Some may argue that this large donation to an organization that supports his own political ideologies may have to do with the recent election outcomes. Patrick Gaspard, current vice-president of the Open Society, says that the foundation’s work in now even more urgent because of the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
George Soros’s political ideology philanthropic endeavors are rooted in his life experiences. He lived in Nazi-occupied Hungary as a child and later Communist ruled Budapest. He then moved to London and eventually the United States where he found success on Wall Street. As his fortune grew, he established the Open Society in Hungary in 1984.
It is said that Soros donated the generous amount of money as a part of his estate planning. He will continue to donate smaller amounts in the coming years as well. According to the Ford Foundation’s president, the Open Society has more impact across the world in the last 20 years than any other philanthropic organization. Their impact has literally stretched across almost every country in the world.
End citizen united group laid the foundation on 1st March 2015. The organization channels dedication to changing the campaign finance system, by exposing billionaires who try to buy the election campaigns .through these actions the group represents the voice of the common man at the grassroots level. The activities themselves by the group include; fixing the interfered political system by passing campaign reform winners, passing the state ballot process and engaging the public regarding the issues raised. The team hopes to put an end to undisclosed money in campaigns. The process will have its obstacles, and the group seeks to put their heads high through; raising the issue of money in campaigns as an issue, using the public to demonstrate against money in politics, passing reforms and electing candidates who embrace changes.
The organization stands with the Democrats because it consists of sober-minded individuals who are ready to pass reforms that raise awareness of additional money in politics. The group holds for people who face attack from corporate interest and dark money groups. Furthermore, the Democrats are more focused to clean the broken campaign finance system and the transparency of expenditure. The organization receives donations from its supporters and investors keen to democracy.
With the previous elections, it came to light that Russian companies were involved in interfering with the elections process unfortunately back then there weren’t laws that governed such actions. An unlimited amount of money was splashed by donors to ensure their candidate took won. Foreign governments took on social media to interfere with the elections; large corporations were also involved. Looking at the trend, this indicates that the polls had irregularities and the problem is the majority of the public were not aware of the schemes.
Troll farms spend $100000 on Facebook ads, and there could have been much more; unfortunately, the current laws don’t stipulate on the procedure s to be carried out in case of such activities. These activities are not only with the Russian, but a Chinese and Mexicans organization had also donated large sums of money; the perpetrators didn’t disclose the source of the funds and thus ascertained themselves on the erroneous end of justice.
Recently the Democrats have been involved in passing legislation packages that have constitutional amendments that can overturn the Supreme Court decisions. Other laws have been moved to close the loophole maneuvered by foreign governments to spend on elections. Some of these rules have had hostilities from the Republicans, but the decision is on them to determine if they would prefer a few wealthy individuals and foreign government to interfere with the country’s democracy.
Foreign governments spending on elections cannot be a positive thing, and it’s a responsibility that falls on the Congress regardless of the sides to ensure such practices are done away with. Immediate actions must be taken against such incompetency as this will once again restore the faith the people have in the government and the election process.