In 2010, the Citizens United legislation was passed by the judiciary, and it made it possible for billionaires and other people of influence to participate in the funding of the election campaigns for their favorite candidates. The spirit of the legislation was that the corporations were people, but the legislation has a loophole that makes it more of a curse than a blessing to the American Electorate. The just concluded general election was all the evidence that was needed to show how terribly dirty money and influence can affect the election process and the life of the general population.
There is, however, one group that had foreseen the effects of the legislation and were pushing to have amendments done as early as 2015. The group, which has come to be known as ‘End Citizens United’ was brought together by the common purpose to try and overturn the legislation that has made it possible for Super PAC to be part of the elections processes. When the group started, they only had $2million in their deposits. However, this amount had been raised to more than $30million by the end of the campaign cycle, and the group managed to support all the candidates that they felt were supportive of their reform agenda.
Now that the elections are over, the group has shifted all their concentration on making an amendment to the constitution. They believe that the passing of this law was one of the most naïve things that judiciary has done because it has opened the door to massive corruption in the government. They have purposed to keep raising funds to help them get a hearing from the Supreme Court and even have the constitution amended.
The first step in the process is, of course, trying to get the one million signatures that are needed to file a petition at the court. They have managed to collect 300,000 signatures so far. When asked about the measures they are taking to get more signatures, Richard Carbo mentioned that the group was liaising with another group by the name of “Ready for Hillary” in an attempt to get them to boost their signatures. The Group which was supporting Hillary’s campaign has more than four million members, which is a good source of the signatures that the End Citizens PAC needs.
Several analysts have been looking into the goals that the group is aiming to reach, and they are a little skeptical. One analyst stated that even if the group had the $100,000 needed, getting a hearing from the Supreme Court was still hard. He, however, added that if the election results of the 2016 race are anything to go by, it is entirely possible to beat the odds and achieve their goal.