For years, billionaires in the United States have been known to put a large chunk of money into campaigns for candidates that would suit their desires. Such include Mr. Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg who have for years supported the Democrats’ campaign process.
Recently, Tom Steyer has announced his two million dollar donation towards Jacky Rosen’s race to the Senate. Jacky Rosen is a United States Rep whose actions and words continuously contradict each other. Over the years, she has consistently bashed the billionaire involvement in US politics and pledged support for organizations like End Citizens United that are fighting this concept.
Rosen has also been very vocal in the matter of Big Money in politics but afterward goes on to play an active role in the issues she claims to be against. Tom Steyer’s announcement comes barely three months after Rosen’s public campaign against black money in politics hence everyone’s confusion.
In 2010, the United States supreme court was faced with a case between Citizens United and FEC where Citizens United were against the concept of allowing special interest groups and wealthy people to spend money on elections. They argued that this involvement brings forth the question of whether or not votes are bought. The court ruled that a limit would be put to combat such issues. This gave rise to End Citizens United in 2015.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that funds campaigns in the US. The funds are obtained exclusively from donations, and the candidates that are funded are keenly vetted to ensure that they fit the portfolio required by the organization.
End Citizens United endorses candidates who are actively against big money in politics. Since it was launched, End Citizens has been backing pro-reform Democrat candidates like Hillary Clinton, Maggie Hassan, Ruff Feingold and the former United States president Barack Obama. In the 2016 election cycle, End Citizens made funding worth 25 million dollars and is planning on putting in 35 million dollars in the 2018 election series.
End Citizens United is located in Washington DC and is headed by its president and executive director Tiffany Muller.