Senators McCain and Feingold once passed a bill designed to prevent corporations and private citizens form donating large amounts to political campaigns. It was hailed as a measure of campaign finance reform as it passed, but the bill contained a significant loop hole. It placed no limits on non-profit corporations and political action committees. Many non-profit corporations and new political action committees sprung up as a result.
Attempts to remove the influence of big money from politics did not end with the McCain-Feingold bill. Congress may have taken no action since the passage of the McCain-Feingold act, but people challenged it in court. One of the most infamous decisions ever handed down by the United States Supreme Court, the same organization that gave the American people the phrase separate but equal, was the Citizens United Decision.
In the Citizens United case, the supreme court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent certain electioneering decision from airing near an election. It upheld the requirement that the sponsors of such messages be disclosed. The politically conservative group wanted to air a fil critical of Hillary Clinton several days before a 2008 primary election.
The Supreme Court has routinely held that corporations have all the rights of an individual citizen. The same logic resulted in the more recent Hobby Lobby decision. End Citizens United and a growing number of citizens believe that the court’s ruling continues the undue influence of corporations on the United States’ political system.
Many Democratic party political candidates continue to support the End Citizens United organization, according to rollcall.com. In return, the organization backs candidates who support campaign finance reform.
End Citizens United shows no signs of giving up its quest to get money out of politics. It may be sometime before they see this goal realized. Lobbyist currently have access to people in the highest positions in congress. Many representatives and politicians use favors and gifts from lobbyists to expand their income. People who are not millionaires before they become members of congress often become millionaires soon after. It is this trend that End Citizens United wishes to end.