In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and granted corporations the right under the First Amendment’s right to free speech, to contribute to political campaigns. This ruling put democracy on sale to the highest bidder and even opened the door for foreign countries to inject themselves in the American political process. Corporations can now donate to politicians anonymously.
Democrats fighting for campaign reform established End Citizens United in 2015 to fight dark money in our political system. End Citizens United endorses candidates who support campaign finance reform and End Citizens United endorses senators in Florida, Missouri, and Wisconsin in their reelection bids. Each of the candidates staunchly defends democracy, transparency in campaign funding, and the removal of dark money from politics.
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In Florida, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has the endorsement of End Citizens United. As a NASA astronaut, Bill Nelson traveled through space as a member of the Columbia crew and entered politics in the great state of Florida in 2001. To increase transparency in campaign financing, Bill co-sponsored the 2015 DISCLOSE Act. Nelson supports the mission of Ends Citizens United to return democracy to the hands of people and not corporations. A potential challenger to Nelson’s candidacy is the current governor of Florida, Rick Scott who has expressed interest in running for the Senate. The fact that Florida turned red in 2015 imperils Nelson’s reelection bid. Nelson supports the Fair Elections Now Act to increase transparency in government, and he supports legislation that requires public companies to disclose all political contributions to the Securities and Exchange Commission. End Citizens United endorses Bill Nelson’s reelection bid for senator from the state of Florida.
Claire McCaskill, the incumbent senator in the state of Missouri, has the endorsement of End Citizens United. An accomplished lawyer and former prosecutor, her first foray into public service was her election to the Missouri State Legislature. Moreover, in 2006 Claire McCaskill became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the great state of Missouri. As a Democratic senator in a deep red state, McCaskill works tirelessly to protect democracy from the corporate donors who are holding democracy hostage. McCaskill opposes the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and she supports the Democracy for all Amendment that would overturn Citizens United. End Citizens United supports Clair McCaskill’s reelection bid.
Ends Citizens United endorses incumbent Wisconsin senator, Tammy Baldwin, in her reelection bid. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin law school, Baldwin began her career in public service at the tender age of 24 serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. As Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly gay senator, Baldwin has been very vocal in her quest to overturn the Citizens United Decision. In fact, she co-introduced a legislative reform bill designed to increase transparency in political fundraising. In support of democracy and transparency in campaign financing, Baldwin once stated, “When those at the top try to buy our democracy, I will fight back because your voice should be heard at the ballot box.” End Citizens United supports Baldwin’s reelection bid to the U.S. Senate.