End Citizens United Helps Americans Out – Here’s How

End Citizens United is a for-profit PAC, or political action committee, dedicated to ending what the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the infamous court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission started in 2010.

How did a court case show its legalese

Citizens United – very much different from the aforementioned organization, End Citizens United – is a conservative, right-wing, non-profit organization founded in 1988 that simply seeks to support Republicans running for office in the United States.

In 2008, Citizens United decided to create a “movie” – it was later classified as an advertisement in the court case – that slammed Hillary Clinton. At the time, Clinton was seeking to win the Democratic primary to run for the role of President of the United States.

However, Citizens United violated the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act by broadcasting a commercial critical of Hillary Clinton within 30 days of a primary election. Citizen United faced a lawsuit from the government for violating the BCRA, eventually working its way up to the United States Supreme Court after lower courts’ rulings being widely debated.

What did Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission yield?

Understanding the intricacies of landmark court case rulings is difficult, to say the least. However, to share with you “the skinny” of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, corporations became able to donate to politicians without having to report it, so-called “super political action committees” were born, and substantially reduced accountability and transparency in respect to locating campaign financing sources.

Fortunately, the citizenry of the United States of America is represented by End Citizens United, a self-named Democratic nonprofit organization that seeks to support candidates of both parties who are expected to advocate for campaign financing reform.

How does End Citizens United actually carry out its responsibilities?

End Citizens United has accumulated a list of some 400,000 civic-minded donors that the for-profit advocacy group solicits to gather tens of millions of dollars each election cycle to help similar-minded political figures who stand for all of what the pro-reform group does.

ECU’s most popular endorsements

Beto O’Rourke, a Texan Democratic House of Representatives member, is one of the very few Representatives to willingly turn down campaign funding from the likes of major political action committees (PACs).

Randy Bryce is also a popular political affiliate of Citizens United’s worst political enemy.

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End Citizens United Seeks to Limit Corporate Funding

The extremely controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is still being fought by various activist groups including End Citizens United. Much of the fight is taking place in the courtroom. Many historic activist battles have taken place in the court such as Dred Scott v. Sandford in 1857, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and Roe v. Wade in 1973. These and many other historic courtroom battles had effects that are still strongly felt today. Time will tell if the Citizens United case is also the kind of courtroom battle that has effects still felt in 40, 80, even 100 years or more.

The origins of the case are found in 2008 during the Democratic presidential primaries, when the conservative group, Citizens United, aired a film called “Hillary: The Movie” that fiercely attacked the presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Citizens would not reveal the funding source of the film. This became deeply problematic after the Federal Election Commision ruled that the movie was a campaign ad; a federal law states that the funding source for all political ads must be identified. In retaliation, the still adamantly silent Citizens United sued to for the overturning of the FEC ruling.

In the end, the federal court ruled in the favor of FEC, continuing to uphold the ruling. However, that was not the end up the matter, two years later in 2010 Citizens United took the case to the Supreme Court, which made the very controversial decision to overturn the earlier federal court case again Citizens United. Its effects on a very old and accepted regulatory system were huge. It essentially did away with the long-revered ability of the government to limit corporations as far as their influence on elections.

Many instantly recognized this changed everything elections, putting unlimited power into the hands of corporations. In addition, it meant a lot more of every kind of ad during election season. Many Democrats were especially unhappy since the Republican Party has way more corporations and hugely wealthy individuals on their side. Some of these organizations and personalities soon after the decision began putting hundreds of millions into these elections. It is not only politicians and activists who are angered at the decision. The polls indicate that most Americans want there to be limiting as well.

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NPG Van Provides Useful End-Of-Quarter Tips

A few weeks ago, NGP Van published an article that provided tips for better end-of-quarter for campaigns. Here are the tips the company offered.

NGP Van’s Tips
The first tip the company provided was to keep a few email ideas in the back of your mind, but make sure the ideas aren’t that difficult to implement. Such ideas included asking donors to explain why they donated to your campaign, as well as redirecting donors to a question sheet that asks them why they decided to give to your campaign.

The second tip was to write emails in advance, and this includes the body of the email, the subject line and things of that nature. Create multiple emails and then get a feel which ones are performing the best.

The third tip is to become as organized as possible, which you can do by creating a calendar specifically for your end-of-quarter. Track everything from emails you sent out to which emails are on the back burner. The more organized you are the better.

Those are simple tips, but they can come in handy and they are effective.

More About NGP VAN
NGP Van is a web hosting service provider, as well as a vote database that is privately owned. Various non-profit organizations use it, but only if they have been given authorizing by the Democratic Party to do so. The company is based in Washington DC, but they also have a location in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. It is used for purposes such as fundraising and field organizing, as well as other things of that nature.

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The company offers a range of products. These products serve various functions, such as making it easier for organizations and campaigns to contact supporters, voters and to collect data to name a few. Another product, VoteBuilder, tracks interesting between campaigns and potential votes.

You can learn more about NPG VAN’s products and the company itself by visiting their website today.