My campaign is doing this the right way, asking individual citizens, like you, one at a time. I am asking you to help me build a grassroots campaign capable of dislodging the current seven term U.S. Congressman who hides from his voters and sticks his head in the sand on difficult issues facing our community, like the unprecedented population growth, affordable healthcare, housing, and climate change – just to name a few. It won’t be easy, and I can’t do it alone; I need your help today!
Here’s what I’m up against on Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that the longstanding prohibition on independent expenditures by corporations violated the First Amendment. With its decision, the court allowed corporations, including nonprofits, and labor unions to spend unlimited sums to support or oppose political candidates. Since that ruling, independent groups can now spend billions to influence campaign races by injecting unprecedented sums into elections.
Since this Supreme Court ruling, transparency has eroded as “dark money” groups, keeping their sources of funding secret, have emerged as political powerhouses. The biggest political players are wealthy individual donors who can outspend individual campaigns like mine. The ruling also did not reverse the ban on foreign money in elections, but it provided opportunities for foreign actors to secretly funnel money to elections through nonprofits and shell companies.
While most candidates build their campaign coffers over the course of several months, super PACs may solicit seven-figure checks and instantly convert them into an influx of ads, mailers or other communications that can appear nearly indistinguishable from those of the candidates
According to Open Secrets Center for Responsive Government, in some of the most competitive races, outside groups wage ad wars of their own, battling for spending superiority to influence voters. Since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, outside spending has surpassed candidate spending in 126 congressional races. In the five cycles prior, that phenomenon occurred just 15 times.
That outside spending is the primary consequence of Citizens United, with non-party groups now dominating presidential elections and the most tightly contested House and Senate contests. Non-party outside groups have spent nearly $4.5 billion influencing elections since the 2010 cycle. Over the previous two decades, they spent only a combined $750 million. Our current US Congressman receives much of his campaign funding from these PACS.
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