End Citizens United PAC Launches New Bid to Make their Name Permanent
One of the things that were remarkable about the just concluded elections was the sheer number of PACs that were drawn into the process. As the political temperatures started heating up, and it became apparent that the election would be closely contested, some of the PACs that haven’t been heard of in many years came back to life and started playing an active role in the politics of the day. Perhaps the nature of the election was not the only motivating factor for these groups. As one of the PACs has suggested, the Citizens United legislature, which was signed into law in 2010, might have had a role to play in the process.
The law allows super PACs to take part in the election campaigns and to support the candidates of their choice. Some social activist groups have been arguing that the law created a loophole that is leading to a lot of dark money getting its way into the politics. One Political Action Committee, The End Citizens United group has some serious issues with the legislation in particular. They have vowed to do everything within their means to ensure that the constitution is amended and that the interference of groups such as the Koch brothers in the politics of the day is kept to a minimum.
This group is very serious about their initiative. When they started out, they had only raised $2million to support the candidates of their choice. They aligned themselves with the Democratic Party as they believe this is the party that agrees the most with their values. By the end of the campaign cycle, they had managed to raise $30,million and are hoping that they can get to file a petition at the Supreme Court. In addition to the money, the group is also hoping that they will manage to increase the number of signatures for the petition from the current 300,000 to a million. They have joined hands with the ‘Ready for Hillary’ movement, which has four million members, to see if they can get the signatures to that number.
There are analysts who claim that the move to have the constitution amended is a little too ambitious for this group. While the group agrees that it is not a must to get a hearing from the Supreme Court, and that even if they do, it doesn’t mean the constitution will be amended, they still feel that they have a role to play in ensuring that the common citizens understand how their constitution works. They also feel that this is an opportunity to let the Americans know that despite the results of the elections, they still have their voice and they can still complain when they feel something is not right.