During the U.S 2016 presidential elections, there were massive cases of interference by Russia. They used sophisticated and comprehensive tools to sway the outcome of the presidential results. It has been discovered that a certain Russian firm with a connection to the Kremlin bought political adverts with the intention of favoring Donald Trump. Despite the ban on foreign political spending, election laws and oversight, its enforcement has failed.
There are investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election which is led by Special Counsel Robert Muller. There is hope that the probe will be successful. The probing is expected to determine whether Russia’s meddling in the election was aided by Trump’s team. However, there is doubt that Washington is interested in stopping foreign meddling into the politics of the country.
For a long time, the right-wing allied politicians in conjunction with their special interest cronies have undermined the country’s campaign financing laws. They have opened loopholes for pumping in untraceable and unlimited political funding. This has allowed small groups of people with big pockets to sway the scales in their favor. They have slowly developed a rigged system where few people have their say in the affairs of the country.
The realization that a foreign company dared to buy political ads on Facebook showed how vulnerable and endangered our elections have become. More astonishingly is the reluctance of the government to do anything about it. This paints a grim picture on how any corporation, government and even individual billionaires with self-serving interests can influence government dealings in our democracy.
We might never know the amount of money which was spent by Russia or any country to interfere with the election. However, a $100,000 digital advertisement might have been the kickstart. Prior to news of Russian meddling in the elections, there was news of American Pacific International Capital, spending in elections. The company which is owned by Chinese nationals but incorporated in California is said to have used a loophole to inject $1.3 million into Super PAC which was supporting Jeb Bush.
Democrats have spent several years in overcoming Republican filibusters, DISCLOSE ACT, which requires groups to disclose any secret campaign spending. In the summer of this year, Democrats in Congress reintroduced a bill which is intended to overturn Citizens United and other similar misguided Supreme Court rulings. There are many organizations which are in the forefront in ensuring that there is no foreign influence in our elections. Some of them include End Citizens United.
About End Citizen United
End Citizen United is a political action committee which was formed to challenge laws that govern campaign funding. It intends to drive money out of elections. ECU works hard to ensure that reform-oriented leaders are elected.
In 2016, the group collected over $25 million in donations towards the 2016 general elections. This, year, End Citizens United intends to collect about $35 million towards the 2018 midterm elections. The group solicits funds from its members to help fund campaigns of people they perceive as reform-oriented.
End Citizens United has declared its support for Democratic Senators Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown in defending their Montana and Ohio seats respectively in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections.
Learn more about End Citizens United: http://www.factcheck.org/tag/end-citizens-united/