Trump White House Waters Down Ethics Rules For Cash Contributions

In a move made quietly and without public announcement, the Trump Administration reversed an ethics rule that once prohibited anonymous donations made by lobbyists to White House staffers. Specifically, the donations can be used to pay the legal fees of staffers who get caught up in the ever-expanding Russia-connected probe of the Trump presidential campaign.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is a independent branch of the Executive Branch. It is supposed to police conflicts of interest, but under Trump, the agency has abandoned some of its primary functions.

Allowing “dark money” paid by hidden contributors to buy lawyers for White House officials makes extreme conflict of interest situations likely as well as inviting a host of other ethical problems.

This is exactly the kind of activity that raised alarm bells among many patriotic Americans who fear that the U.S. Government and political system is increasingly being “bought and sold” by cash-rich private interests who want to shape American policy in their own interests.

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In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which made massive contributions of dark money by anonymous donors possible. Called the Citizens United ruling, the ruling basically states that “money is free speech,” and that large international corporations are “people.” Thus, these “people” have the right to give as much money was they want to a politician of choice.

To counter this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, a group of concerned citizens formed a political action committee (PAC) called “End Citizens United.” Just as its name implies, the PAC’s goal is to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision and get dark money out of politics.

End Citizens United first began raising money in 2015 ahead of the 2016 election cycle. Response was overwhelming. Tens of thousands of people made small contributions averaging just $12 to $14 and $25 million was raised.

End Citizens United set its fundraising goal for the 2018 election cycle at another $25 million, but contributions have been so strong the group expects to smash that goal by $10 million, garnering $35 million for the coming 2018 elections.

An article in USA Today said end Citizens United raised a robust $4 million in the first three months of 2017 taking it well on its way to a haul of $35 million. The money will be used to help elect Democratic candidates to Congress with a special focus on flipping control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republican to Democratic control.

End Citizens United officials say the recent Trump move to trash the rules of the Ethics Office is further proof that it has become more important than ever to reverse the 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited campaign contributions.

Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

End Citizens United – A Committee Dedicated To Campaign Finance Reform

In 2015, a Political Action Committee (PAC) called End Citizens United was developed. The goal of this PAC is to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. This decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 allowed large corporations and businessmen use their money in order to change the election in their favor. Within the first month of its development, End Citizens United had raised up to $2 million by small donors. Also, they gathered about 325,000 signatures to help support their cause. During the 2016 House of Representatives election, the PAC endorsed 11 Democratic candidates. End Citizens United used some of the money gathered in order to help these candidates with their campaigns. The endorsement of these candidates is what makes End Citizens United believe to be different from other Political Action Committees. They stated that they are different from others due to the fact that they endorse candidates who are serious about campaign finance reform.

 

End Citizens United has been met with a lot of support but also some criticism. Critics claim that the passing of a constitutional amendment will be nearly impossible to happen. This criticism stems from the fact that the last constitutional amendment was passed in 1992. Despite this, others believe that it is a positive action to keep the pressure on the Supreme Court. If Supreme Court officials are faced with enough pressure, the possibility of getting the amendment passed will be high.

 

` With the coming of the 2018 House of Representatives Election, End Citizens United hopes to reach for more. During the 2016 election, the PAC had raised a total of $25 million. They now hope to raise at least $35 million by 2018. In the first three months of 2017, $4 million has been raised. This $4 million was raised from 100,000 people. 40,000 of these people were donating to End Citizens United for the first time. With these numbers, the PAC is looking at more support this time around. They have stated that the election of President Donald Trump has dedicated them to fight back against him and shut down these large and powerful donors who have the most say in politics.

 

End Citizen United Sheds Lights on The Cynicism of American Politics

In early May 2017, End Citizen United success was threatened by the GOP secret organization. If you remember correctly, the Obama Care was the former President Obama’s legacy. The healthcare program offered support to millions of Americans. However, in early May, President Trump and the Republicans voted to repeal the healthcare bill.

The healthcare bill will affect American families mostly the seniors and the people with chronic diseases.

After the House of Republicans vote, American Action Network which is a secret group has moved in and is rewarding the GOP who voted to repeal the healthcare program. The group will give the Republicans $2 million ad blitz. The problem is that the source of the money used is not known. This is what threatens the freedom of the people.

ECU has commented that they will keep on with their work of informing people on the cynicism and hypocrisy in the American politics.

The article was first published on http://endcitizensunited.org/press-releases/gop-members-voted-health-care-repeal-rewarded-secret-special-interest-group/

End Citizen United has been fighting the circulation of dark money in political parties. The group was formed in 2015 to fight for reforms in America. The organization generated its name from the Supreme Court ruling of 2010. Supreme Court reversed the Bipartisan Act about ‘soft money.’ This is what gave the politicians and organizations like American Action Network a chance of using the dark money to control politics.

End Citizens United main agenda is to have Congress reverse the Supreme Court ruling by amending the Constitution. They were successful in collecting signatures to launch a petition.

Even though they have experienced challenges with their vision, the organization has been making great strides. In 2016, End Citizens United managed to raise $25 million. Three months into 2017, the organization has managed to raise $4 million out the total $35 million. The group seeks to raise $35 million for the 2018 midterm Congress elections.

About ECU

End Citizen United is a traditional PAC, and it operates as such. That means that they do not accept a contribution of more than $5,000 from the individual donors. The group also partners with the grassroots activists. This is how the organization has managed to promote awareness among the Americans.

End Citizen United works with the Democrats. During the 2016 elections, ECU endorsed different candidates. The leadership of the ECU seeks to support and partner with the liberals and people who want to propel their agenda.

End Citizen United indicated that they were still considering the races that they will support 2018. However, they indicated that they would be playing an active role in supporting and defending the Democratic Senatorial Race of Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown from Montana and Ohio respectively.