A “Rigged Political System On Steroids.”
That’s how the president of a new anti-corruption political action committee described the U.S. election system in wake of alarming revelations that Russian agents spent enormous sums of money to sway the 2016 elections.
Tiffany Muller is President of End Citizens United, a PAC that formed in 2015 with the goal of overturning the notorious 2010 Supreme Court ruling that came to be known as Citizens United. Muller said recent evidence that Russian Internet troll farms were buying up huge numbers of social media ads using fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter is yet another symptom of a campaign contribution process that has lost all transparency and credibility.
What’s more, Muller said the Republican party is simply unwilling to do anything about the hijacking of the American political system. That’s because they are addicted to big campaign contributions from sources that don’t have to reveal who or what they are – even if they are from a hostile foreign power.
End Citizens United (ECU) was formed as a PAC in 2015. As its name implies, the group’s goal is to someday overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling which unleashed disaster on the U.S. election process. ECU began fundraising in 2015 and raised a robust $25 million ahead of the 2016 election cycle.
Just about all of those donations were in tiny amounts – and average of just over $14 each – which proves that the goal of the ECU to get big money out of politics has powerful support among rank-and-file American voters.
The small donations continue to roll in – ECU officials say they are on track to beat the previous goal of $25 million by $10 million – or about $35 million for the coming 2018 midterm elections.
Muller said that no one should be under any doubt that allowing unlimited dark money from mega-corporations and billionaires has led to an alarming level of corruption. All this dark money floating around only makes it easier for foreign governments to inject cash into American elections, even though it is illegal to accept foreign funds for U.S. political campaigns. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling made it enormously more difficult to trace where any campaign contributions are coming from.
One of ECU’s strategies is to get as many Democrats elected as possible in 2018. A primary goal is to flip the House of Representatives from Republican to Democrat control. Democrats in general are hostile to what the 2010 Citizens United ruling made possible, while Republicans generally favor maintaining the dark money system.
Muller and other hope Democratic control will make it easier to eventually push through a Constitutional Amendment that would overturn the Citizens United “disaster.”
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united