The 2018 Congressional Elections are upon us and the political world is turning over on its head as politicians try to shore up their position and take advantage of voter momentum. For progressives, this has been an easy mission. Voters have quickly turned on Donald Trump and the destructive GOP agenda in the White House and they seem ready for a change.
A group named End Citizens United is going to be pivotal in helping to steer that change going into the electoral season. End Citizens United is a progressive, grass-roots campaign that was made to represent the average American and to work toward helping the average American. The goal of End Citizens United, as is implied by their name, is to go into Washington D.C. and end the disastrous Citizens United ruling that has allowed so much money to flood into the government.
In order for End Citizens United to be successful in the 2018 Midterms, they are going to need to ride the wave of popularity that progressive champions are being given thanks to the prevalence of candidates willing to tackle campaign finance reform head-on. End Citizens United is led by President Tiffany Muller and it has been her clear job, from day one, to help orchestrate a new era of politicians who are willing to forego corporate donations in order to focus on the will of the American people. The goal of getting Big Money out of the world of politics is shared among people all across the political and ideological spectrum and that has helped to engineer some real change.
End Citizens United specifically refers to the 2010 Supreme Court case revolving around the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United had been established in order to try and find ways to skirt campaign financing and regulatory statutes. James Bopp, a lawyer, led Citizens United to the Supreme Court and once there he essentially argued that corporations were people and that their donations were just part of their rights as ‘people’. The goal here by Bopp and Citizens United was simple: to give corporations every loophole available so that they could run amok in Washington D.C., buying off politicians left and right. Since End Citizens United passed, Washington D.C. has become more divided than ever. Finally, however, people are fighting back in a concerted effort alongside End Citizens United in order to help bring Democracy back to the United States.
Last on our tour was St. Clair, where I cast my ballot. Polling places are open for another twenty minutes–so go get in line and let’s restore faith in Southern Illinois! #all12in12 #kellycoalition #IL12 #twill pic.twitter.com/vne6Esp4u2
— Brendan Kelly (@Kelly4SouthrnIL) March 20, 2018