Back in 2010, there was a landmark Supreme case decision in the case of Citizens United v. F.E.C. that allowed corporations, labor unions, and other associations to donate to political campaigns in the same way that private citizens can. In effect, this decision allowed big business to use their money and influence on political elections in a way that they never could before. Added to this are untracked and unchecked Political Action Committees that are able to funnel billions of dollars from the super-rich and big business in a way that shuts out the wants and needs of the average voting citizen in the United States.
Fortunately, organizations like End Citizens United exist to fight against the corporate greed that has now infiltrated Washington. End Citizens United is a grassroots Political Action Committee started in 2015 to get candidates elected who will be immune to the allure of special interest money and will fight to change campaign finance laws in the United States. With the guidance of Tiffany Muller, they have made strides to close in on their goal of raising $35 million for campaign support during the upcoming midterms. Not only has End Citizens United raised a large sum of money to fight for campaign finance reform, but they have done it with an average donation amount of $14. That shows the money going to fund these candidates comes from private citizens who want their voice to mean something in our democracy.
To help in their efforts of getting big money out of government, End Citizens United has created the “Big Money 20”. A list of the top 20 congressmen who receive the most in special interest money that comes from industries like oil, tobacco, alcohol, Wall Street, and the like. They will go to any length to pass whatever laws will increase their profits the most with no regard for the environment, employee guarantees, or the free market in general.
Perhaps the biggest name on the Big Money 20 list is former presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Cruz has consistently not only voted whichever way his biggest corporate sponsors need him to vote but also openly advocates for money in politics. He received an exorbitant amount of money from 8 different Super PACs during his presidential run, regularly votes for tax cuts for the rich, and has even said on record that “money absolutely can be free speech.” It’s people like Ted Cruz who make non-profits like End Citizens United a necessary thing.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) March 20, 2018