End Citizens United is a political activist organization that was founded on March 1, 2015, and bases its operations out of Washington D.C. The committee actively works to obtain a reversal of the 2010 decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court in regard to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
This decision caused a deregulation on the limits that independent groups can donate to the political campaigns of specific candidates. It also essentially allows for corporations to donate a limitless amount to a political candidate’s campaign and to do so under virtual anonymity. There is also a concern that the ruling in Citizens United cedes an unfair advantage to the conservative/Republican side of the political coin due to the fact the party has strong ties with some of the wealthiest individuals and most powerful corporations in the world. The ruling has been condemned by activist groups such as the ACLU, the League of Women Voters and the Center for Political Accountability, to name just a few. The primary goal of the committee is to enact change in the political system by reforming the way that candidates have raised money. The committee strives to see a return of integrity to the process of election to political office.
End Citizens United recently issued a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that claims that Rick Scott has been illegally obtaining funds in support of his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Adam Bozzi is the Director of Communications for the organization and has characterized Scott as being someone who is putting his political aspirations above adhering to the law of the land regarding this matter. End Citizens United has also come armed with supporting documentation that refutes Scott’s denial of these worrisome charges. Scott has been at the center of allegations of financial impropriety before. As CEO of Columbia/HCA, he was accused of Medicare fraud and resigned his position as a result.
The bottom line is that cases such as the Rick Scott situation are exactly the reason that End Citizens United was founded in the first place. Rick Scott’s alleged actions are typical of what many said would be the consequences of the Citizens United Ruling. It also serves as a textbook example of why it is so critical that this ruling is overturned.
End Citizens United and Latino Victory Fund have endorsed the former judge of El Paso, Veronica Escobar in her bid to run for the Texas 16th Congressional District. Escobar, if elected into office, would become the first member from Latin America to be elected in the state of Texas as a member of Congress. The president of Latino Victory Fund, Cristobal J. Alex said that Escobar has a proven track record of leadership and has been a champion for the working American citizens in El Paso. Alex, who also hails from El Paso, said that Escobar would have the opportunity to become a powerful voice for equality and justice in El Paso since she has previously served as a county judge.
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Alex also said that Veronica Escobar has committed to raise the minimum wage for thousands of workers in Texas, create employment opportunities and improve access to quality and affordable healthcare to the residents of Texas. Escobar runs for office at a critical time when the welfare and rights of Texans have been under constant attack. She has the necessary experience and grit to fight back against the Republican majority in Congress and the dangerous agendas of President Donald Trump. The President of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, noted that Veronica Escobar had built her career standing up for justice and upholding the rule of law.
Muller added that Escobar would bring that experience to the US Congress as a loud voice for the interests of millions of the working families in Texas. End Citizens United endorsed Escobar because of the belief that she can fix the broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of President Donald Trump. Veronica Escobar has also said that she will not be accepting campaign money from the super PACs. Muller added that End Citizens United was glad to have a working relationship with Veronica Escobar to clean up the broken politics in the halls of Washington and make Capitol Hill work for the benefit of all employed Texans, and not the few with most money and influence.
Veronica Escobar is a strong advocate for overturning Citizens United and its discredited philosophies of giving more and more to those with the most and hoping that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. Escobar is a strong supporter of the DISCLOSE Act which will force secret donors to reveal their financial contributions to the American political process.