The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision to come down in favor of Citizens United in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. was a momentous decision that has significantly changed the political landscape. In the time since this landmark decision, the End Citizens United (ECU) group has been working tirelessly to have the decision overturned. With their support in many races throughout the country, ECU has been growing in its ability to impact the political races that are happening now. The idea that corporations are people is an idea that many would like to see overturned, and ECU has been at the forefront of the battle.
Beleaguered Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is likely facing primary competition in addition to a strong Democratic challenger named Randy Bryce. Mr. Bryce, who is being backed by the folks at End Citizens United, is not an average politician. Bryce is a strong proponent of campaign finance reform and is very far to the left of all of Speaker Ryan’s positions. Bryce is the local political head of the Ironworkers Local 8 union, and he is also a United States veteran in addition to being a cancer survivor. It will be interesting to see how Bryce fares in the upcoming election as his popularity throughout Wisconsin grows.
ECU is a strong supporter of Bryce’s and has offered its vocal support as well as financial donations. Bryce believes that campaign finance reform needs to be at the top of the list and that Citizens United has got to go. Ryan’s war chest is in excess of $11 million, while Bryce has reported raising just $353,000, with most of the donations coming in following the endorsement of ECU. Bryce, while definitely the dark horse, is gaining more popularity as more Wisconsin residents learn more about him and what it is that he stands for. Many DC pols have their eyes on this race in Wisconsin, realizing that the outcome may have a significant impact on how politicians finance campaigns.
Founded in the early spring of 2015, the End Citizens United PAC is funded by grassroots donors and is dedicated to using all of its resources to bring about campaign finance reform. Through their work, ECU offers financial support to pro-reform candidates, continue to keep the issue of Citizens United and other problems with the current campaign finance rules in the forefront of the national conversation and keep the pressure on elected officials through their grassroots efforts.
End Citizens United believes that there is a dire need for campaign finance reform and more rules need to be in place to keep corporate money out of elections. ECU is working tirelessly to ensure that grassroots efforts have a greater impact on the political landscape.
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