End Citizens United Speaks Out About Russia Election Interference

On May 19, End Citizens United, a PAC that fights big-money in elections, issued a statement, in regards to a report from Time Magazine, about Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election. Time reported that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election, by placing paid digital ads on social media sites, that helped influence public opinion. In their statement, End Citizens United noted that the current laws, along with Russian interference prove how “vulnerable our democracy is”, due to the “loopholes” that allow for anonymous, even foreign, money to have unlimited influence on US elections, with no way to trace where the funds are actually coming from.

 

In their statement, End Citizens United argued that Russia’s reported interference helped make the case for “stronger disclosure laws to help prevent undue influence by foreign entities” in the US election process. They called on Congress to pass reforms and to instruct government agencies to “prevent untraceable spending” in US elections. According to End Citizens United, it is not just US elections, but the integrity of US democracy, that is at stake.

 

Recently, due in part to Democrats’ anger over the election of President Donald Trump and the idea that PAC donors feel like the “system is rigged against them“, End Citizens United has seen a surge in donations, as part of their goal to “elect campaign finance reform champions” to Congress. Having already raised $4 million in the first quarter of 2017, End Citizens United is projected to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle, far more than was raised before the 2016 election cycle. Already, in 2017, they have endorsed and encouraged donors to contribute to the special election campaign, in April, of Georgia Democrat, Jon Ossoff and in the May 25 special election campaign of Democrat Rob Quist of Montana. End Citizens United is also in the process of determining which candidates they will help defend in the 2018 election cycle.

 

End Citizens United was started in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, that allowed that corporations had a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns. End Citizen United’s stated goal is to “combat Big Money in politics and dismantle our rigged political system by electing campaign finance reform champions and passing state ballot measures.”

 

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Sources:

 

ECU Statement on Groundbreaking TIME Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election:

ECU Statement on Groundbreaking TIME Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election

 

End Citizens United raises $4 million, projects $35 million haul for midterms:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/04/end-citizens-united-pac-raises-4-million-/100000662/

 

End Citizens United PAC:

https://ballotpedia.org/End_Citizens_United_PAC