End Citizens United remains politically active, and the organization currently focuses on the Midterms. According to one Realvail editorial writer, one senatorial candidate and former governor of Florida exemplifies the reason why corporate money, or dark money as the End Citizens United political action committee calls it, out of politics. Former governor Rick Scott has used corporate graft to waste taxpayers money.
Realvail cites several examples of Scott’s corruption. Perhaps the most egregious is the example of Columbia/HCA. The health care companies ran a medical network that included hospitals, and several of its offices were found guilty of committing Medicare fraud. As governor, Scott also made sure that two of his political backers gained lucrative prison contracts with the state. Although End Citizens United does not try to end the privatized prison industry, it cites the industry as an example of how easily money can corrupt America’s political process.
EUC started after the judges handed down a decision that is not controversial among legal scholars. The judges merely affirmed that corporations have the same rights as people, and that large corporations had the right to free speech. End Citizens United formed immediately after the decision.
The grass-roots movement continues its efforts to stop the behind-the-scenes deal making that have become a staple of the American political landscape. The goal is to amend the constitution to limit the rights given to corporations, including the right of religious freedom given in the Hobby Lobby decision. While they continue to work towards their long-term goal of achieving this amendment, they back candidates who refuse to take corporate money in their campaigns. The organization refuses to take corporate money itself. The founders and the grass-roots supporters who back the End Citizens United movement want to make sure corporate money finds its way out of politics.
Learn more about End Citizens United: https://www.opensecrets.org/527s/527cmtedetail.php?cycle=2016&ein=810870857