There is a secret war going on for the rights of the average American voter. For nearly eight full years now we have seen voting rights under systematic attack thanks to groups like Citizens United, led by men like James Bopp. The goal of Citizens United, a conservative right wing group, has been to prop up corporations in order to allow them to use their extensive cache of money to sway legislators and influence elections. Citizens United struck their heaviest blow in 2010 when they appeared before the Supreme Court in order to argue that monetary donations were an extension of ‘free speech’ and that corporations should be considered as people. It’s not even hard to see what Citizens United was attempting to do.
Thankfully the power of the American people has been resilient, if fractured, and it has represented itself in the form of grassroots campaigns. End Citizens United is a political action committee that has dedicated themselves to focusing on putting legislators in position to introduce a constitutional amendment to repeal the Citizens United decision. Led by Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United is trying to make a difference in an era where Donald Trump is leading the Republican party from the White House. This has made End Citizens United’s job infinitely more difficult thanks to just how partisan Washington DC has become. Due to this, Muller has had to focus on putting their power behind legislators who are willing to make campaign finance reform part of their platform.
Most recently End Citizens United has gotten behind Democrat Doug Jones, a former United States attorney who is in the running for the Alabama Special Election which will occur on December 12th, 2017. Jones is a progressive who has made campaign finance reform a huge part of his platform and that is something that End Citizens United fully respects. Jones will be running against Republican Roy Moore who has been under fire for ages thanks to his bigoted outlook and his racially charged comments. Moore is backed up by big money and it will be an uphill battle for Doug Jones to overcome the difference in their financial levels. This case is exactly why End Citizens United is so stringent in their belief of campaign finance reform. The American people should be able to vote for the legislator they believe in, not the one with the most money.
Tiffany Muller spoke out on Roy Moore by saying his “radical agenda has no place in the U.S. Senate, plain and simple.” Muller was harsh in her condemnation of Moore and that should help to fuel a surge for Doug Jones. Now it remains to be seen if Jones can continue to make up the difference.
Learn more about End Citizens United: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/09/28/end-citizens-united-endorses-doug-jones-senate/