The End Citizens United Campaign

A new wave of reforms in the campaign financing is doing rounds. The need to limit the contributions made by an individual to a campaign has been reiterated. ‘End Citizen United’ has raised over $2 million so far from small donors. The group hopes to raise between $25 million and $30 million for campaigns that […]

A new wave of reforms in the campaign financing is doing rounds. The need to limit the contributions made by an individual to a campaign has been reiterated. ‘End Citizen United’ has raised over $2 million so far from small donors. The group hopes to raise between $25 million and $30 million for campaigns that are coming up.

 

Reverse Court Decision

 

“End Citizen Group’ is planning to reverse the decision of the supreme court through a constitutional amendment. The Supreme Court’s ‘Citizen United’ decision led to the creation of super PACs which in turn opened the doors for dark money in campaigns. There are over 352,000 people who have thus far signed a petition demanding that Congress make such a law. This number might grow owing to the possibility that the ‘Ready for Clinton’ group has partnered with it.

 

Skepticism

 

Campaign finance gurus are not so sure about ‘End Citizen’s United’ plan to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision made in 2010. The group’s campaign against run away campaign contributions at local and state level is not being challenged as such. It is the group’s main objective to reverse the Supreme Court ruling that is raising eyebrows.

 

Analysts and political science professors have rightly indicated that America has never passed any constitutional amendments for close to three decades. It is not likely that the group will succeed in making this amendment according to law professors. Washington it is felt has become too partisan.

 

Rick Hasen, a law professor and political science lecturer, an expert in finance regulation for campaigns says that the likelihood of this change happening is pretty slim. The best shot would be to get a new justice in the Supreme Court to shift the balance in the court.

 

Even as End Citizen United hopes to root out big money from politics, it has been raising big money independently. During the early months of the year it was able to collect $4 million and it has projected that it will have $35 million by the time the midterm elections are conducted in 2018.

 

The Supreme Court Ruling

 

‘End Citizens United’ operating as a PAC cannot in good conscience receive more than $5,000 from individual’s donors. Though the group is interested in making amendments to the constitution to limit campaign donations, which is what the republican party also wants, the republicans differ with ‘End Citizens United’ on the supreme court decision that opened the flood gates of donation.

 

DeVos Confirmation

 

The division in the house is so apparent that even a matter such as the confirmation of Betsy DeVos split the house right in the middle. Republicans who had benefitted from campaign contributions from the DeVos family were expected to recuse themselves, but this did not happen and so it took the vote of the vice president to confirm DeVos.