End Citizens United is a political committee action, and it filed a case with FEC recently. In the complaint, the organization was alleging that Scott used PAC illegally for supporting his senate campaign. According to PAC, a candidate can use these actions so that to get around the limits of the federal that are placed on contributions to campaigns of a candidate directly. At that time, Rick Scott had already raised $78 million towards his campaigns.
A candidate can raise more money possible and then spend as much as he wishes but the funds should not work for his campaign process directly. It is what made End Citizens United accuse Rick Scott because he violated the law. Besides, Rick Scott was working as the chairman of PAC before he announced running the Senate seat where the organization pledged to assist him to get elected in the position.
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Adam Bozzi, the communication director, working at End Citizens United stated that Scott has interest in political ambitions than the law, so he figured out on the way he can bypass the election law by getting soft money into PAC that was supposed to be in use for the United States president. Bozzi also insisted that PAC was in existence so that it could help Rick Scott in sidestepping the campaign finance regulations, settle his campaign bills and evade revelation laws.
When Rick Scott was talking, he denied all the accusations, but Adam Bozii countered his denial by presenting some documents that supported that charge. It claimed that Mr. Scott worked with PAC in the recent months. The End Citizens United indicated that Scott was still listed on PAC’s website as the chairman of the organization in January.
In 2010, there was frustration in a decision made by the supreme court of Citizens United, and this led to the establishment of End Citizens United. It started operating in 2015 where its role was to encourage the campaign finance reform. They aimed at getting Big Money out from the political system by giving support to the candidates that agreed with their agenda. They work together with these candidates such that donations made can no longer become unlimited or disclosed.
.@GovernorBullock just filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s new dark money rule which would allow special interests to no longer have to disclose their bankrollers. https://t.co/PCnMLetH3T
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) July 24, 2018
Former Marine and Democrat Conor Lamb is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 18th district against Republican candidate Rick Saccone, who describes himself as “Trump before Trump was Trump.” The two are vying for a seat that has traditionally been held by a Republican, often running unopposed by the Democratic party. A special election was triggered when Congressman Tim Murphy, a pro-life politician, stepped down amidst controversy that he had urged his mistress to get an abortion.
In spite of the uphill battle faced by Lamb, many Democrats are optimistic of his chances in the upcoming election. Although the district traditionally votes red, his opponent is known as a “right to work” candidate in an area with a strong labor union presence. Lamb’s supporters also point to his personal pro-life position as well as his support for the Second Amendment as strengths to win over conservative voters.
The political action committee End Citizens United has come out in support of Lamb, stating that he is “running for Congress to stand up for Pennsylvania families who have been ignored by the rigged system in Washington.” The PAC formed in March of 2015 following the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that political contributions by corporations were protected by free speech laws. Lamb supports the group’s message, vowing not to take political contributions from corporate funded PACs, and stating that, “our campaign finance system is part of the reason why [our system isn’t working]”.
End Citizens United describes itself as a committee built upon grassroots efforts, and they recently raised $600,000 for Doug Jones’ successful Senate race in the red state of Alabama as part of their mission to “end the unlimited and undisclosed money in politics.” Jones and Lamb fit into the organization’s mission statement, where they pledge to elect pro-finance reform candidates and ultimately overturn the Supreme Court decision.
Pennsylvania’s special election takes place on March 13th, and End Citizens United looks forward to a Democratic victory along with many more to come, as its website states that, “Republican leadership in Congress is standing squarely in the way of overturning this disastrous Supreme Court decision.”