It was recently discovered that a Russian company with Kremlin ties had purchased political ads that showed up on Facebook. The ads were designed to influence the presidential election and persuade people to vote for Donald Trump. There are bans in place to prevent foreign interests from spending money on political campaigns in the United States but they are broken and unenforced. The Russian ads have been described as both sophisticated and comprehensive in their nature. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Congress is collectively sitting on its hands and not addressing the issue.
Robert Mueller is the special counsel that was assigned the role of investigating Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential race as well as other possible crimes committed by those in the White House. He is seeking to find out if Trump’s campaign cooperated with the Russians in designing and targeting Russian troll farms. Beyond that, most people don’t have any faith in the rest of government to do anything about these events.
Republican politicians, especially those on the far right-wing, have spent years undermining and diluting campaign finance laws. Their efforts have resulted in a massive amount of unlimited and anonymous political spending by those seeking to pervert the system and laws in their favor. That a foreign government and company were able to buy Facebook political ads and exert influence on American politics reveals just how bad things have gotten, including that we as a nation are totally unprepared to handle it. It’s now very few wealthy individuals, including those in foreign countries, who can craft American policy.
In another example, it was shown that American Pacific International Capital gave $1.3 million to support Jeb Bush’s run for the presidency. As it turns out, this company is owned an controlled by mainland Chinese entrepreneurs. In still another example a Mexico-based entrepreneur donated money to a Super PAC through a shell corporation he had created for this purpose.
End Citizens United is a political action committee. They are dedicated to stopping the huge influence that so few rich entities presently have on American politics. They are supporting candidates who are for sensible political campaign reform. They are seeking to return a voice in the laws of this country to the regular citizens that populate it. They recognize that the massively wealthy have essentially bought off the far too many politicians, especially Republicans, who work for them rather than their own citizens.
In order to end the overwhelming influence of Big Money in politics, End Citizens United wants to make the issue of money in politics one of the country’s main national priorities to address. The want to pass pro-reform laws on both the states level as well as nationally.
Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the group.