Politics in the United States has been a center of attraction globally in the last couple of years, especially since Donald Trump was elected as the President. The common consensus among the general population is that Washington is working mainly for its special interests and mega-donors, and not for the public. It is this notion that the new wave of politicians wants to end completely. One of the reasons why many people in the United States feel that the government is owned by the wealthy individuals and wealthy corporations is because of the unlimited flow of money into the politics. The elections these days have become a glamorous affair with tons of money being spent on lavish rallies, summits, and meet-ups.
One of the reasons why the wealthy corporations can spend so much money in the elections is because Supreme Court allowed it to happen in 2010 in the Citizens United Vs. F.E.C lawsuit. With that verdict of Supreme Court, it became more comfortable for the corporations and individuals to spend as much money as they want in the elections. The politicians who are supported by the corporate money are obliged to the corporations and affluent individuals who back them during the polls, and thus, when they come to power, it becomes essential for them to return the favor. The favors they need to return are not always in the interest of the ordinary people. It is what has infuriated millions of people across the United States.
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One of the Political Action Committees that have been working tirelessly to spread the awareness of how the Big Money has broken the integrity of the elections in the United States is End Citizens United. End Citizens United is a grassroots PAC that does not accept corporate money and endorses the politicians who reject the corporate money. As of now in 2018, End Citizens United has recognized and supported 70 senators who have denied the use of corporate money. The awareness among the people is growing at a massive pace, and more and more people are pressurizing the government to reframe or modify the campaign finance rules so that the elections remain a neutral process where money cannot manipulate the outcome.
Recently, two Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand also announced that they would not be accepting corporate money, and are endorsed by End Citizens United for the same. They acknowledged the fact that the campaign finance system needs to be fixed to be more neutral and allow all candidates, with or without substantial financial backing, to have a fair chance of being elected. With the use of unlimited money that corporate companies provide, the candidates can manipulate the public opinion about them, but this is not possible when the campaign finance system is restricted.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/