The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of 2010, in the case of Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission not only caused a stir in the entire American political system, but also endangered our democracy by extending our constitutional right of Free Speech, protected by the 1st Amendment, to multinational corporations and allowing foreign citizens to influence our electoral system, through anonymous and unlimited donations to powerful “Political Action Committees”.
Since the Supreme Court issued this ruling, “End Citizens United” is working hard and with the help of donations from citizens concerned about our democracy, to help elect congressional representatives who pledge to keep corporate money out of our electoral system.
As Professor David Kairys (Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law) expressed so clearly: “Money is not speech and corporations are not people.”
Most believe that the decisions of the Supreme Court are final and unappealable, and although this is true in the vast majority of cases, there are 3 ways to revoke their decisions and that power only falls on the United States Congress.
That is why the work of groups such as “End Citizens United” is so important, which it has the support of numerous politicians and public figures, so that the necessary votes in Congress can be obtained to annul this decision.
“End Citizens United” have managed to raise, alone in 2016, more than 25 million dollars of more than 400 thousand donations made by citizens from all over the country concerned about the cleanliness of our democracy. This money is to help elect candidates who are in favor of reforming the campaign finance system and nullifying the court’s decision.
That is why it is so important to go out and vote in the upcoming November elections because candidates like Sylvia Gracia, Anthony Brindisi, Veronica Escobar, Kathy Manning, Lauren Baer and many others who are being supported by “End Citizens United” will, definitively , reform the financial system of our electoral campaigns and turn it into a system really free of foreign influences and alien to our democracy, which will not be perfect but is the best that currently exists in the whole world.
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