According to the article on End Citizens United news page, Tiffany Muller, End Citizens United President, released a statement on Representative’s passage House of a few measures for awakening the protections of campaign finance. The provisions were injected into spending bills. He said that each day American families felt the pain caused by the huge influence that special interests are having in government and politics.
Whether it is the costs of education, healthcare, or stagnant wages, the citizens of U.S. are feeling the pinch, and they are asking their representatives to place their interests first. Rather than, politicians who are sold as well as bought by the special interests are continuing to do their campaign donors bidding. These measures that are forced by Republicans through the House do nothing more than just giving Big Money more power plus influence. They allow corporate and mega-donors special interests of avoiding disclosure and even using churches as tax-free tools for funneling secret money during political elections. They urged the Senate to decline these measures specifically from the spending bills.
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According to the article on USA TODAY, ECU, a political action committee that is focused on pushing big money completely out of politics, was raising big cash of its own. According to fundraising details that were provided first to the multi-platform news plus information media company called USA TODAY, the ECU collected over four million dollars during the first three months of 2017 and projected it was going to raise 35 million dollars ahead of the next year Congress midterm elections. That would be an important surge from the 25 million dollars the PAC had taken in for the election of the year 2016, its initial election cycle in operation.
Muller said that approximately 100,000 people donated to the political action committee during this year’s first quarter. 40,000 of these people contributed for the first time. The leader of the group said that their goal is electing champions of campaign-finance reform to Congress. He added that the average contribution the political action committee received in 2017 hit USD12. She said that the donors of the group felt like the system is being rigged against them, meaning that those with big money get the biggest say. That’s their way to fight back.
Muller said that adding to the momentum, the Democrats were furious about the win of President Trump and they are ready to retaliate against his agenda as well as his nominees, including Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court pick. Recently, the PAC has helped to drive its donors to contribute 500,000 dollars to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s congressional campaign, a first timer political candidate in GA. Ossoff surprised the political establishment when he raised over 4 million dollars for the special election of April 18 to fill a seat of Republican House in suburban ATL left vacant by Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.