David is sizing up Goliath and starting to feel pretty good about his chances. The task of taking on corporate America seems like an extremely daunting challenge. However, End Citizens United continues to get the word out about potential political corruption both to its ever-growing supporters and those who might be on the fence or might be uninformed. In a recent article on ECU’s website they exposed a fairly blatant example of “pay for play”, The American Action Network spent two million dollars rewarding the 21 republican members of Congress who voted to take away the health benefits of twenty-four Amercan citizens. In addition to voting for the repeal bill, they added an age tax for seniors, allowed insurance companies to charge higher rates for people over 50, and endangering life-saving protections for citizens by putting in stipulations regarding individuals with pre-existing conditions. It’s become an obvious battle between the vulnerable and exposed individual taking on the secretive, monetarily motivated corporate interests. On the surface the odds don’t look to be in the individual’s favor. Although, it does seem that slowly but surely people are waking up to the realization that there’s one thing that trumps money(no pun intended) and that’s the pure numbers. Enter in the 98%.
End Citizens United was established in March of 2015. It was largely founded in response to the controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which in a nutshell gave corporations the same rights as people and allowed dark money to flood into and unfairly influence our electoral and policy making processes. This has allowed corporate money to distort America’s democracy and has ushered in the rise of the SuperPacs. Making the America that was founded on the belief that every vote(voice) counted seem like something to be found only in history books as America has started to resemble an oligarchy as opposed to a democracy. End Citizens United has taken on this challenge and very quickly have made a huge impact on the political front and the opposition has definitely taken notice. In just the first three months of this year, End Citizens United has raised 4 million dollars from 100,000 individuals. At this pace it is expected to raise 35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. This conglomerate made up of individual American citizens is primed to play a major role in those upcoming elections. These are numbers that the corporate special interests cannot be happy about. And along with that, you can rest assured they’re well aware of how the story of David and Goliath panned out.