The origin of End Citizens United stems from a 2010 Supreme Court ruling. It was Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, the right to freely support candidates vs. donor name disclosure. The outcome meant that anyone could freely donate to whomever they wanted with no personal disclosure. It creates a landscape where the rich and powerful have a stronger influence, and the poorer candidates have a tougher hurdle. A recent article on the website GC Report discusses an incident with Florida’s governor Rick Scott.
The group End Citizens United filled a lawsuit against Rick Scott for an illegal use of “Super PAC” to get around federal laws. While a Super PAC can use funds in any form they see fit, it is illegal to use them towards campaigns. He has raised $78 million through this method. Despite denials from the Rick Scott campaign team, End Citizens United has continued to provide evidence of his involvement with the Super PAC, even very recent activity.
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Rick Scott has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he is not interested in campaign finance reform, while End Citizens United piles on the evidence against him. It includes an active collaboration with New Republican to help Jenny Rucker. At the same time, New Republican was having a dinner with Rick Scott. The only way to stop people like him, is to elect officials who care about the law. Otherwise politics like Rick Scott will remain in power and abuse the system.
The political campaign system is long and complicated, but the 2010 Supreme Court Case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, made an impact across both ends of the spectrum. It becomes a contest of who cans rise the most money, and lack of personal disclosures encourages underhanded money deals. It’s a court ruling decision that need to be examined and fixed to create an even playing field for all politicians. There are many people like Rock Scott in the country, who abuse the system’s loopholes.