Corporations and political parties, were people founded. These organizations now threaten people but people will have the final say. People master their creations.
In 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled for Citizens United in their case against the Federal Election Commission and upheld the legal basis for the idea that “corporations are people.” This overruled one hundred years of precedent in campaign finance law according to the Mother Jones Website.
The Political Action Committee, End Citizens United, funded by grassroots donors since March 1, 2015 has a comprehensive website. According the About Us section on the End Citizens United Website they “believe in the power of transparency in political spending.” March 31, 2017 they submitted their latest financial information to the Federal Election Commission.
According to the April 25, 2017 press release “End Citizens United (ECU} announced its first round of House Endorsements for the 2018 cycle. The list includes nineteen champions of campaign finance across eleven states.”
April 7, 2017 press release on the ECU website states, “that seventeen million dollars later, the corporate special interests have brought themselves a seat on the nation’s highest court.” Hope is not lost. “The overwhelming majority of Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike – agree that there is too much money in politics and its corroding our democracy.” ECU fights for their donors. “With all three branches of government hostile to campaign finance reforms, our members will fight even harder to hold them accountable. The grassroots energy continues to grow and we’ll continue to take on the entrenched interests in Washington. It’s people – not corporations – that will head to the polls in 2018. We will restore the power in our democracy to everyday Americans.”
USA TODAY posted the article, “End Citizens United raises $4 million, projects $35 million haul for mid-terms,” on April 4, 2017. The ECU Donors, according to PAC”s President and Executive Director Tiffany Muller, “feel like the system is rigged against them, where those who can write the biggest checks get the biggest say,” she said, “this is their way of fighting back.”
There is a petition available online for people to sign in an effort to stop Citizens United. MoveOn.ORG has a petition by Al Franken titled PUT CITIZENS UNITED IN THE DUMPSTER OF BAD IDEAS. Although the title may be harsh the ideas behind it are positive and true. Corporations are not people. Corporations have not stayed in homeless shelters or were forced into sex trafficking or lived terrified in an abusive relationship. Corporations have not fallen in love or married or raised babies. People have these experiences and they need the right to have their votes counted.