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.