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The Beginning of End Citizens United

In 2010, the decision of the US Supreme Court in the case of Citizens United vs the Federal Electoral Commission left the American Political System astonished. However, 8 years down the line, the decision still has ripple effects that are unwinding and developing. Some of these effects include the opposition to the court’s decision continues. The opposition includes the End Citizens United started by the Political Action Committee. The aim of this opposition is to overturn the decision the Supreme Court gave on the Citizens United vs Federal Electoral Commission.

The decision stated that corporate funding of elections cannot be limited as this would be a violation of the first amendment. It was in 2015, that the PAC was formed to help Democrat candidates raise money for their campaigns. The mission of the End Citizens United is to dismantle the rigged political system and combat the big money in the political arena. Throughout each generation, there have been cases that have altered the political grounds of the country. Some of these cases include Dred Scott Vs Stanford, Roe vs Wade among others. These cases did not just have controversial rulings but also ramifications that continue after the court passes its decision.

The Citizens United decision continues to play a huge role in the political arena and the decision may be the 21st-century generational decision that changes the political scene. The political effects of the Citizens United decision are profound. It has sparked a political pushback that politicians are still trying to cope with while trying to find a way to have the decision overruled. The Citizens United case stems from an attempt by the Citizens United group in 2008, to air a film about Hillary Clinton attacking her while still a Democrat candidate.

The Federal Electoral Commission then found the film and began inquiring about who paid for the expenses of the production of the film. It was the duty of the Federal Electoral Commission to inquire on the expense charges since the law required of the identification of political funding sources. Since the Citizens United did not corporate with the Electoral Commission, they went to court and the Federal Electoral Commission won.

After filing an appeal, the FED won and hence the End Citizens United opposition was born. The opposition continues to rally followers by working together to raise funds for their candidates and using the grassroots supports to fight money in politics.