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Getting Foreign Money Out Of U.S. Elections Goal Of New PAC

Despite campaign finance laws that have been greatly weakened over the past decade, it is definitely still illegal for a foreign government, foreign entity or agent of a foreign power to contribute money to political candidates in the United States.

But that didn’t stop the government of Russia, a country largely hostile to the U.S., from successfully buying at least $100,000 in ads that appeared on Facebook and reached millions of people. Some experts believe that the Russians spent far more than $100,000, and possibly millions as they worked to influence U.S. elections.

One recent action that made it easier for illicit foreign money to bleed into American politics was the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that came to be known as “Citizens United.” In short, the ruling said that “money is the equivalent of free speech” in America and so regulating it in political campaigns is not constitutional.

The ruling went further in suggesting that “corporations are people.” That means that any corporation can donate as much money as it wants to the candidate of its choice because, like any “person,” in the U.S., it has a right to free speech.


While the 2010 Supreme Court decision did not make it legal for foreign governments to contribute to U.S. campaigns, it did make it far easier. That’s because the Supreme Court also ruled that the source of campaign contributions did not have to be made public – in effect, allowing unlimited sums of “dark money” to flow into our political process.

This is why a group of concerned citizens formed a new PAC called “End Citizens United.” As its name implies, ECU wants to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision which drastically weakened our campaign finance laws, inviting troublemakers from around the world to meddle in U.S. politics.

End Citizens United is conducting a vigorous grassroots fundraising effort to support candidates who oppose dark money and loose campaign finance laws. After forming in 2015, End Citizens United quickly raised $25 million – all from hundreds of thousands of small individual donations from ordinary citizens – with the average contribution being about $14.

The ECU PAC is on track to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle. Again, it will support mostly Democratic candidates who oppose an out-of-control campaign finance system featuring mega-corporations and billionaires buying U.S. elections with unlimited dark money.

ECU would ultimately like to pass a Constitutional Amendment that would negate the 2010 Supreme Court ruling. A first step will be to flip the U.S. House from Republican to Democrat control in 2018. A new Constitutional Amendment is a long term goal that will require ratification by 35 states, and then approval from Congress on a three-fourths majority vote.

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End Citizens United Is A long Shot, But Support For Effort Is Robust

Some see it as a tremendous political long shot – overturning a controversial Supreme Court decision by enacting a new Constitutional Amendment – but tens of thousands of concerned Americans are determined to try.

The Supreme Court ruling in question is known as the Citizens United decision. It was handed down in 2010. The ruling allows any group or individual to contribute unlimited amounts of money to the political candidate of their choice.

Furthermore, the ruling allows for political campaign money to remain completely anonymous. In other words, thanks to the 2010 Citizens United ruling, untold billions of dollars in “dark money” can stream into American elections and no one has a right to know who is influencing which candidate or issue.

The result is that average citizens are becoming increasingly disenfranchised from their own American political system, say critics of the Supreme Court action. Now mega-rich international corporations and billionaires have first choice about who will control our government with their endless supplies of cash.

That’s why a new group is fighting back. An organization called “End Citizens United” set up a new political action committee in 2015. It’s goal is to raise money toward the ultimate goal of overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling.

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The effort is considered a long shot because of the enormous difficulty of what must be done. The only way a Supreme Court decision can be rescinded is by adding a new Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To make that happen, 3/4th of the 50 states must first ratify the effort. Then congress must also ratify the Amendment with both two-thirds of the House and Senate voting to approve.

Passing a new Constitutional Amendment in the United States is a rare feat. That last one was achieved in 1992. Many others have been tried and ultimately failed. Even if successful, the process can take years.

But the leaders of End Citizens United believe they have to try. And so far, hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens have been throwing their support behind the effort. Consider that End Citizens United was able to raise a whopping $25 million since forming in 2015. That money was spent in the 2016 election cycle.

End Citizens United is currently fund raising for the 2018 election cycle and is already well ahead of schedule to raise not just another $25 million, but expects to haul in $35 million thanks for heavy support from at least 325,000 donors so far.

Most of the money will be spent to support Democratic candidates for House and Senate seats because most Democrats favor overturning the 2010 Supreme Court decision while Republican candidates tend to favor unlimited dark money in politics.

For more information about End Citizens United, just click here.