Brendan Kelly is the County Attorney for St. Clair County in Illinois. Now he is running for his state’s 12 District seat in the U.S. Congress. Kelly is a Democrat who has come out strongly for campaign finance reform. That’s why he recently received the backing of a group called End Citizens United.
End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that is focused like a laser beam on one goal — getting Big Money out of politics. It has placed Kelly’s Republican opponent, Mike Bost, on its “Big Money 20” list. These are politicians that have demonstrated the most egregious and outrageous behavior in terms of taking large donations from greedy corporations and superPACs. See more of End Citizens United on facebook
Brendan Kelly has a demonstrated track record of butting heads with corporate elites, including fighting the interests of pharmaceutical companies and banks. He is precisely the kind of public servant ECU would like to see more of in Congress.
Another End Citizens United Endorsement is Jacky Rosen running for U.S. Senator in Nevada. Rosen is currently the Congressional Representative for Nevada’s 3rd District. She co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act of 2017, a measure designed to increase transparency of where campaign cash contributions come from. She is running against incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, which End Citizens United identifies as among the worst offenders in grabbing huge donations from giant corporations. He voted against the DISCLOSE Act.
Former CIA agent Elissa Slotkin has the ECU backing in her bid for Michigan’s 8th District seat. She is running against another “Big Money 20” cash creep, Mike Bishop. Bishop has a despicable record of raking in corporate cash and using his office as if he were little more than a paid-man-for-hire for those who fund his campaigns. He even voted to dump the Affordable Care Act which would leave millions of people without health insurance.
Kelly, Slotkin and Rosen are examples of End Citizens United’s battle to take back the U.S. House from Republicans while supporting candidates that care more about individual, average voters than the whims of giant corporations and greedy billionaires.
End Citizens United are people who want to reverse the results of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. The ruling for this case sent shock-waves throughout politics. The case was result of a conservative group, Citizens United, in 2008 attempting to air an hour-long film attacking then Democratic presidential primary Hillary Clinton. The Federal Election Commission found their movie about Clinton was basically an ad campaign and in turn would require the group to reveal who had paid for the film. Citizens United refused to release that information even though the federal law at the time required that the funding sources for any political ads be identified. The group sued to have the ruling overturned but was unanimously ruled against, until 2 years later when a 5-4 vote would change the way politics were done. Corporations now seemingly had the same “freedom of speech” as a citizen. No longer having to take direct responsibility for financing certain ads and backing specific people. Thus, led to End Citizens United being founded March 2015. Find out more about the endorsed candidate at End Citizens United
The team that established End Citizens United is not hiding what their goals or plans are in any way. They seek to raise grassroots funding that could be used to counterbalance the large flood of corporate cash that Citizens United released into politics. The funding the organization is able to raise will be targeted towards a Democratic candidate who supports the efforts of End Citizens United. It has been a long road, trying to get the ruling overturned and put things back as they should within the political world. They want to make sure that this kind of thing can’t happen again by also putting into place a constitutional amendment that clearly defines: the right of free speech is bestowed upon individual citizens, not legal entities like corporations. End Citizens United is a group with some powerful and knowledgeable people behind it. They won’t rest until something is done to ensure the “freedom of speech” is secured properly for the citizens of the United States. Learn more: http://endcitizensunited.org/our-team/