Money and politics often go hand in hand. There are rules people must follow where the political donations are concerned, but in 2010 the Supreme Court decided to change the rules. It was a move welcomed by some but not so much by others. The new rules allow people who have an abundance of free resources to provide donations for a campaign this way possibly changing the outcome of the campaign.
People are not on board with this idea, and they have started to fight back. They think politicians this way will be even less considerate of the voters and this feeling prompted the birth of an organization called End Citizens United. It has more than two million members who are working together, raising money to show politicians what the average voter can do.
End Citizens United is a political action committee, and although the average individual donation is seemingly insignificant, they all add up. It rose from 8 dollars to 12, and because the political action committee operates under strict rules, it can only allow individuals to donate no more than 5000 dollars. They have reached 4 million dollars in donations, and it is a remarkable amount of money for an organization that is about a year old.
Their first big goal is to raise 35 million dollars before the mid-term election takes place and it is not impossible. End Citizens United President is optimistic about the future because the numbers are still coming in and donations sometimes slow down, but they don’t stop. They are working towards getting rid of corporations and billionaires gaining favors in Washington just because they have a lot of money.
Many people feel that their voice is not heard any longer and that the whole system is rotting from the inside. End Citizens United and its members support Jon Ossoff, a Democratic candidate who will be on his first election campaign trying to fill the seat left empty by Tom Price. He stands for what many people believe in. Transparent, open governance. He wants to use his real life experience to change the campaign finance laws concerning campaign donors and donations.
The PAC gained 40000 new donors in the period after the last election, and it shows that people are tired of the current system. End Citizens United wants to show what a grassroots can achieve more than people give these kinds of organizations credit for. And the Mid-term election is only the first big step. It will not mean that the work is done, it will simply be the first of many cornerstones to change so the future generations can have a system that works for them rather than some faceless billionaires in Washington.