There is a political tidal wave sweeping through the United States and it has nothing to do with the man in charge of the White House. Since the election of Donald Trump, progressives around the country have been coalescing around an individual message: unity in regards to the complete rejection of dark money in Washington D.C. End Citizens United is a political action committee that is focused on a grassroots-level campaign to connect voters to the issues while simultaneously supporting politicians who are willing to fight against corporate interests in Washington D.C. With the 2018 Midterms ahead of us, End Citizens United has gotten busy putting in the work to spread the word. Recently, End Citizens United released a list of Illinois based politicians who are up for election in the U.S. House.

End Citizens United made a statement just a week ago in support of four different politicians from Illinois: Congressman Brad Schneider (IL 10), Betsy Londrigan (IL 13), Sean Casten (IL 06) and Lauren Underwood (IL 14). These four politicians embody many progressive ideals but they are all completely focused on rejecting corporate money and bringing back the power of the American vote to the people who make up the country. Tiffany Muller is the President at End Citizens United and she was quick to vouch for the aforementioned candidates. Muller pointed out that Washington has been quick to put their hands out for money from lobbyists and that it is part of the systematic corruption that has overtaken Washington D.C. since 2010.

In 2010 the Supreme Court oversaw a case that had been presented to them by a conservative propaganda group known as Citizens United. Led by James Bopp, a prominent conservative lawyer, Citizens United put forth the argument that corporations were people and that their donations should be considered an aspect of their freedom of speech. The contentious case made headlines around the country and ultimately the Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Citizens United. Since then, Washington D.C. has become absolutely drowned out in corporate interests dark money. Muller and End Citizens United have been working to put legislators into office who are willing to fight back against the 2010 case and push toward getting a repeal of the 2010 ruling on the floor for a vote. Casten, Schneider, Londrigan and Underwood have all vowed to reject corporate money and to fight for an end to corporate lobbying in Washington D.C.

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