In a world full of hashtags and political tweets, End Citizens United is picking up momentum. The grassroots organization is attempting to fight legislation passed by the Supreme Court to allow “dark money” into politics. The group has also been represented under “The People’s Defense,” which is a hub of groups objecting to Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. The group posts on twitter under the group #weobject as well as #darkmoney.
The specific legislation that ECU is objecting to is Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission of 2010. According to ECU, the case established that “corporations are people” and that this allowed unaccountable donations to leak into elections. Their assertion is that billionaires are now buying elections with excessive funding, giving them more exposure than their counterparts. The game plan to counteract is as follows:
- Electing pro-reform candidates
- Raising the issue of money in politics as a national priority
- Using grassroots membership to demonstrate political power on the issue of money in politics
Another measure ECU is taking to encourage transparency in politics is by making its financial contributions publicly available through FEC filings. The website also makes press releases, news and even social media available for viewing. The group self-identifies with the Democratic party and other “leftist” organizations. Attempting to “restore the power to every day Americans,” the group views its activists as its best force.
ECU is headed by a board of directors from varying backgrounds, however, the commonality they all share is some level of political experience. The staff is led by Tiffany Muller, who serves as the President and Executive Director. She is experienced in politics and has accomplishments such as doubling LGBT representation in Congress and helping to elect the first LGBT (identifying) Senator.
ECU offers information on their website explaining how people can get involved in the movement. Being a grassroots organization, they rely on the support of donors to accomplish their goals. They also conduct polls and keep email lists to keep their supporters engaged. ECU is making great strides and continues to be a strong newcomer in the activism arena.