A Win For Big Money
2010 was a tragic year for the American people. It was the year the Supreme Court decided corporations were allowed to donate as money as they want to political campaigns on Facebook. Essentially, this marked the beginning of an era in which corporations are allowed free reign over the political process and can essentially buy elections as they feel like. The impact of this decision is devastating.
How Citizens United Has Changed Things
Billionaires, especially the Koch Brothers, have increased their influence in politics exponentially in the past 7 years. The Tea Party on LinkedIn is probably one of the greatest examples of this. The Koch brothers have done everything they can to use the movement to advocate for politicians who support massive deregulation and attempts to take away important protections for workers and consumers. Although there are ways for unions and non profits to contribute politically thanks to Citizens United, they simply do not have the buying power that many corporations have and cannot compete with them in terms of political donations.
How To Fight The Billionaires
End Citizens United is leading the fight against these corrupt figures and tries to find way to help people stand up for their rights. One of the key ways to do this is to increase the membership of End Citizens United. When politicians see the large crowds of people opposed to the idea that corporations are people, they will necessarily change the way they approach politics. End Citizens United does much of its work by supporting politicians that express support for removing big money from politics. With their help the goal isn’t far behind.
Where Things Are Now
Things seem to be going well for End Citizens United. They have amassed millions in donations and they are slowly creating the path forward necessary to finally reverse this decision. There are some out there who simply don’t believe in their message, but the vast majority of people support this movement. People do not want to see billionaires determine the outcome of elections or for someone with deeper pockets to silence their voice. It isn’t going to happen overnight but the end of Citizens United is near.
The Goal Of End Citizens United
The ultimate goal of all of this is to put power back into the hands of people rather than corporations on alternet.org. The idea that corporations should have rights similar to citizens is simply offensive and counteracts everything that America stands for. Grassroots movements are the way to bring this to an end. End Citizens United is a large movement but it has so much more room to grow and advance forward.