It has recently come to the light that there was Russian interference indirectly in the United States Presidential Election in 2016. It has been confirmed that a Russian firm that has ties with Kremlin did purchase Facebook Ads for around $100,000 that were politically motivated and were intended to influence the public. Such an attempt from a foreign firm has shown vulnerable, and susceptible the United States election machinery is to foreign influence.
It is primarily due to the election campaign finance rules that allow the companies and the individuals to pour in as much money as they’d want in the election. It would make it difficult for the election commission to track where the money is coming from and which foreign entities are influencing the government formation process. It can be of great harm to the nation if the government is formed that does not have total control and is under the influence of the foreign powers.
The 2010 case in Supreme Court is pertaining to F.E.C. Vs. Citizens United, it was decided by the Supreme Court that endless amount of money can flow in the election campaigns. It is a decision that has completely changed how the election functions and is designed today. The elections have become more of a money-raising campaign than a contest among the individuals to build a better nation together.
When big money enters the election campaigns through the wealthy corporations and individuals, it is natural for the politicians to be influenced. It would make it difficult for the politicians to take the decisions in the interest of the nation or its people always going against the interest of the corporations and organizations who funded their elections. In the long run, such a campaign finance rule can be disastrous for the country.
End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that was formed in the March 2015 to fight against and end the Supreme’s Court Decision in 2010, regarding campaign funding. End Citizen United aims to spread awareness about the hazards of such campaign finance rules that can potentially make the country a puppet of big corporations and even foreign entities. End Citizens United runs on the money donated by the general population of the country and aims to back the politicians who feel that this campaign finance rule needs to change. The movement started by End Citizens United has been growing consistently since it started and had been gaining a lot of support.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) November 16, 2017