There has been a remarkable shift in the way that the United States government goes about performing its duties in light of the 2016 Presidential election. The rise of Donald Trump and the corresponding power grab by the GOP has been catastrophic for America’s middle tax as well as the general standing of the country on a global scale. Recently, the GOP has been dominating the headlines with their concerted push to get the GOP Tax Bill into law, despite the overwhelmingly unpopular state of the thing. The vast majority of American voters uniquely dislike the GOP Tax Bill, and for good reason. By passing the bill millions of children will be thrown off of the CHIP insurance program while millionaires and billionaires are simultaneously granted a windfall of tax reduction benefits. There are many groups raising their voices to point out how flawed this bill is and one of those groups is End Citizens United.
End Citizens United was established years ago in order to fight against the proliferation of dark money and special interests within the United States government. End Citizens United got their name off of the Supreme Court ruling in relation to the right-wing propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court that corporations were people and that their donations should be considered an extension of their personhood. This was a transparent and insulting attempt to give corporations buying power in Washington D.C and it stood in stark contrast to the millions of American voters whose voices will be silenced by these mega-corporations. The GOP Tax Bill is a continuation of the right-wing attack on American voters and for that reason, End Citizens United got involved right away.
Every year End Citizens United will compile a Big Money 20 list that showcases all of the big spenders who are paying to get legislation through the government. On the Big Money 20 list, 17 companies spent more than $11 million in order to help push the GOP Tax Scam through and into law. The reason for their expenditures should be transparent and obvious: they get something back in return. While the majority of Americans will see their taxes raised or their insurance stripped, these mega-donors will be given a gift of millions and millions of dollars.
Tiffany Muller is the president at End Citizens United and she released a statement that absolutely tore apart the recently passed GOP Tax Bill. Muller said in her statement, “Just in time for the holidays, Republicans have delivered a gift-wrapped bill to their mega-donors.” This bill will fundamentally attack every-day American citizens while giving gifts to the top 1% in the country. Muller and End Citizens United are doing their part to raise awareness so that change can be brought to Washington D.C.
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