Compromising Personal Views
In order for politicians to get enough funds to proceed with their campaigns around the election time, they sometimes have to use unconventional methods. One of such endeavors is promising donors to do something that does not exactly align with the public vision of the campaign. This is when one can say that financial aspects influence the future of citizens who do not have much impact on the special interest groups.
This issue is well known to the political action committee “End Citizens United”. The organization has been in the business of going against those politicians who succumb to the large donors and their latest attack comes in form of a “Big Money 20” list. The President of the organization, Tiffany Muller, has openly discussed the meaning of the list and what the goal of it is.
Enter the Big Money 20
Big Money 20 contains twenty Republican names that are most notorious for their acceptance of financial donations which clouded judgment at some point. End Citizens United stands against those who go against their personal views just to benefit a special interest group that has paid for their campaign. This is what the primary purpose of the list is, according to Muller. She further claims that every politician who is a part of the Big Money 20 will face an intense backlash from this PAC during their reelection in 2018.
The organization and its 3 million members are going above and beyond to prevent people who they see as less ethical from getting another term. To do so, the goal is to raise $35 million which will be used to support opposing campaigns, raise awareness of the issue, and impact law-makers to change the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
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A Brief History
This PAC has been around for only 2 years yet it still gathered a scary number of people who support what it stands for. In 2010, Supreme Court ruled against F.E.C. and decided that American elections will be opened to large donations. The decision set a precedent according to which corporations can influence campaigns as if they were individuals who simply donate large amounts of capital. Expectedly, money that large corporations are able to donate exceeds what most average people can give away and thus makes them voiceless. End Citizens United was formed in Washington to fight against this injustice that President Muller sees as something many Americans support.
The impact, however, might come a little short to the enthusiasm. Experts believe that most of the people on the Big Money 20 are relatively immune to these attacks and their re-election will not suffer great repercussion from defamation.