Category Archives: Citizens

End Citizens United Levels Charges Against Rick Scott Of Florida

End Citizens United, a political action committee (PAC), recently filed a complaint against Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Federal Election Commission. They are charging that he is using a “super PAC” to fund his Senate campaign which is against the law. The complaint alleges that Rick Scott is doing this in order to maneuver around the limits that the federal government has put in place to limit how much direct contributions there can be to any political campaign. To Date Rick Scott has raised about $78 million in his effort to win a Senate seat.

A Super PAC can raise and spend as much money as it wants to support a political campaign but it is against campaign law for them to work directly with that campaign. This is called the anti-coordination law and End Citizens United is calling out Rick Scott for violating it. They say that Rick Scott is working directly with the New Republican PAC which he had previously been the chairman of just before announcing his run for a US Senate seat. New Republican has been aggressively backing Rick Scott’s campaign.

Rick Scott through his spokesperson has denied these allegations that End Citizens United has raised. However, End Citizens United showed documentation that supports  position. This documentation shows that Rick Scott continued to work with this Super PAC after starting his political run. The New Republican website even listed Rick Scott as their chairman as of January 2018.

End Citizens United was formed after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and that giving money is free speech. This ended up flooding politics with money and giving the rich and powerful even more of a say in how America operates. The goal of this PAC is to shut that vast inflow of money down and return power to the citizens of this nation. They exclusively support politicians who pledge to pursue campaign finance reform.

Rick Scott has never shown himself to be a politician who supports campaign finance reform. An example of this is that both he and Rick Scott are working with the same exact fundraiser, Jenny Rucker. Additionally, he has been using the same address as New Republican which ties him even closer to this Super PAC. Also, it was New Republican which provided the funds for a poll that Rick Scott had conducted recently.

For details: docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00573261

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: An antihero’s take on America

Of the many books that look to criticize American culture and politics, Sean Penn’s new work “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” takes a somewhat obscure approach. Penn describes this book as meant to confuse the readers in some ways, and he seems to have succeeded. The book takes a satirical look at the current state of American affairs, telling the story of anti hero Bob. The book lacks a formal plot structure, but tells of Bob, a middle class boomer, who is antisocial and loathes his ex-wife. He works for a mysterious employer who sees older citizens as standing the way of globalization and progress. On the orders of his employer, Bob will go on mallet wielding sprees, eliminating these older citizens. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff has received mixed reviews for Sean’s attempt at creativity and alliteration.

This is a trippy read, but through the chaos, Penn releases some interesting views on civil society and politics. Through the eyes of Bob, the reader witnesses the 2016 election, hears of the five police officers killed in Dallas, and also hears praise of Hugo Chavez. There is even a character that is similar in style and description to el Chapo Guzman. Through the pessimistic nature of Bob, the reader also gets insight into his thoughts on these issues, and the problems facing America. The book even ends with Bob writing an angry letter to “the landlord” calling him narcissistic. This landlord is obviously Trump.

At times, it is hard to distinguish Bob from Penn, and this appears to be deliberate. Penn and Bob are both baby boomers, and Penn like Bob, has strong views on world affairs. Penn is depicting his worldview through the eyes of Bob. Penn told CBS Morning that “some people are going to get this book, and some people… are not going to get this book.” This appears to be a good description, as the New York Times describes Penn’s “real interest… as capturing what America has become – and taking a mallet to it.” Sometimes it is through a cult satire, that true emotion and takeaways from the present moment can be best articulated.

Read California Blog’s take on the book:

https://californiablog.org/content/sean-penn-bob-honey-who-just-do-stuff

 

End Citizen’s United devotion to overturn a Supreme Court decision

The 2010 Supreme Court decision would change the nature of politics in F.E.C and Citizens United. They were concerned with the idea that allowed special interested groups and wealthy individuals to spend their money on the United States elections. In reality, the polls in the United States could be bought because the funds could not be traced or limited to any amount.

In 1st March of 2015, End Citizens United was created to fight against the idea that “corporations are individuals,” and to end the massive funding to political groups by people or corporations with ulterior motives that desire the outcome of the election to go in a particular way.

On the hand, the End Citizens receives its funding from grass root donations rather than by big money. It is a group that is devoted to not only see pro-reform candidates elected but also it attempts to stop Citizen’s United, with the issue of using money in politics at the limelight.

At the time when End Citizens was launched, the group managed to raise over $2 million from donors to support them. Besides, they are on record for raking $25 million to $30 million during the whole cycle as stated by Richard Carbo, the communication director.
With an ultimate goal to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision, the group has signed over 325,000 people to End Citizen’s United’s petition which demands the Congress to pass the legislation. The figure is expected to rise with the group’s partnership with “Ready for Hillary.” Besides, it will rent out some email lists to reach to the likely liberal supporters. For more info about us: https://ballotpedia.org/End_Citizens_United_PAC click here.

End Citizens United publicized their endorsement of 11 candidates that comprised of Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado as well as Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

As noted by Carbo, the existence of other PACs which focused on campaign finance reforms was not closely related to his group since “there is a vacuum in the talks that addressed the political side and getting individuals elected” who are willing to make changes in the existing election laws. It meant that backing candidates who favor campaign finance reform and assist in the fight against Citizens United are a significant and unique boost for the group.

Among the group’s plans is setting up an independent expenditure arm that would back the candidates with financial support through various initiatives such as polling, television ads, and direct mailers. With this kind of infrastructure in place, it will facilitate more candidates who subscribe to their action to get elected.

End Citizens United continues to make the public aware of the Supreme Court’s ruling while maintaining pressure on political players and Supreme Court not to make things worse than they are at the moment. Besides, the group is doing what it can to support candidates that champion for finance reforms.