The popular opinion of people these days is that the politics have lost its integrity, and the politicians favor the big corporations and affluent individuals more than the everyday people. The amount of money spent during elections by the big corporations and affluent individuals is beyond belief, and the amount continues to increase with every passing election. It is estimated that the amount of money spent on elections these days in the United States has risen by over 700 percent in the last few decades. The money spent on elections has helped the politicians to consolidate their vote banks and manipulate the voters for sure, but as the awareness is increasing among people with time, the politicians backed by corporate money are inevitably going to lose the trust of the people.
The Supreme Court gave a historic verdict in 2010 that corporations and individuals are allowed to spend money on elections as per their will without any restrictions. It gave the rich companies and individuals to back the politician of their choice without any limitation or transparency. The politicians who are supported by corporate money are to an extent answerable to the corporations and individuals who back them. Thus, when they are elected to power, they have to return the favor by promoting reforms and policies that favor these wealthy corporations and people. End Citizens United, a PAC was formed as an answer to the decision by the Supreme Court. The main aim of the End Citizens United was to overturn the Supreme Court judgment so that some amount of accountability and transparency can be bought into how the elections are funded.
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At present, there are no means to control the amount of money that is pumped into the elections, and one indeed cannot scale how much one particular entity is giving as it is quite possible that much of the funds are coming from diplomatic or layered channels. The extensive use of corporate money in election campaigns have led people to think that the politicians are bought and obliged to these corporations, and the elections are no longer a neutral government-forming process that it once was. End Citizens United aims to change the current campaign finance rules constitutionally by endorsing politicians who are in support of their primary objective and are pledging not to use corporate money themselves.
Recently, End Citizens United announced that it had bought two new politicians in their fold who have announced that they would no longer be accepting the corporate money, which is Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker. End Citizens United said that Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand understands how the corporate money is affecting our nation’s politics, and why it is crucial to uproot this faulty campaign finance system for a better future for our country.
Find more about End Citizens United: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/