A lot is happening in the American political arena. The Democrats have invented a new way of ensuring that more Democrats are elected to Congress. A real time action committee dabbed End Citizens United is geared towards sanitizing campaign financing. Their key agenda is to ensure that unlimited monies do not infiltrate in the campaign finance system as has been the trend lately. ECU has not only identified the problem that undisclosed amounts of money are finding their way to woo the American electorate but such unlimited monies are even drawn from foreign governments. With such an ugly turn of events, it’s not business as usual and democracy is on trial and speedy measures need to be put in place to rectify this sad situation.
End Citizens United has a functional and dynamic agenda of mobilizing funds and support for their endorsed candidates. Money is raised through member donations with a set maximum of $5000. This way, big unlimited finances will be driven out of politics and candidates will be home grown with grassroots funding and support. In its three months of existence, the action committee raised approximately $4M from its registered 100000 members 40000 of whom were first-time donors. ECU is determined and hopes to hit $35 by mid-2018 during Congress’s midterm elections. All these efforts aim at electing to Congress as many people as possible who will in turn reform the American campaign finance system that has been marred with utter violations of campaign finance laws especially after the supreme court ruling in 2010 that gave open chances to corporate funding opening flood gates for undisclosed funds in campaigns.
Such a flawed system has only served to reward well-funded candidates with elective positions owing to their financial strength at the expense of sound leaders. Democracy has a component of peoples will and has to remain as such and inclusion of undisclosed money factor in it waters down the very purpose of its establishment. ECU is using this approach to return the voice of the majority of Americans.
This could be a displacement of Democrat’s anger over Trump’s victory that ECU feels to a larger extent was money influenced. To validate its operations, ECU has endorsed first-time congressional contestant Jon Ossonoff in Georgia and plans to endorse and fund more candidates in 2018 by mobilizing more donors to support their course. This move may be judged as a revolution but it’s for the better. It will rid American political play field of unlimited conditional funds whose givers wait for their candidates win to push their corporate agenda. It’s a double edged sword that does not only raise funds but also rallies masses behind their preferred candidates.