Ending the corruption in politics is what many political activists dream of achieving, but it is not something that can be achieved in a day or by a few positive and honest individuals. It needs collective effort of the majority of the country’s population and a greater awareness among the people as to how the big corporate giants are manipulating their way into the elections and shaking off the interest off the agenda of the politicians to put their interest first. In the United States, how the election campaigns are funded has been a matter of discussion for a long time. The money spent by the corporate companies to ensure the outcome is as per their will is something that is no longer a secret. The amount of funds being allocated on elections each year is increasing gradually and has grown by several hundred percents since the last couple of decade.
And, to add to the agony, the Citizens United decision by Supreme Court in 2010 made it easier for the enterprises and affluent individuals to fund the elections with as much money they want. There is no accountability or transparency left in how the election campaigns are financed in the United States, which makes these elections vulnerable to outside influence and more in favor of the companies and individuals who fund the elections. The interest of the common people is something that may or may not be on the priority list of the politicians, or so it would seem from how the agendas are switched back in favor of the companies as soon as the politicians win the elections.
End Citizens United, a popular political action committee, set up in 2015 to protest against the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United case, has been doing everything it can to end the corruption in politics. The End Citizens United backs the politicians who are worthy to be elected and are not in favor of corporate money. End Citizens United collect money from the everyday people and maintain their accounts with transparency to ensure there is not a shred of doubt on where the money is coming from, or going. In the upcoming Special Elections in the United States, End Citizens United announced its support for Conor Lamb, who is trying to make his way into the Congress through the 18th Congressional District that he represents. Even though it is primarily a conservative strong-hold, Conor Lamb with the support of ECU believes the results can be upsetting for the Republicans.
When candidates rely on mega-donors to fund their campaign, they don’t forget it.