End Citizens United and Every Voice have launched the “Independent Campaign Now” campaign. The two money-in-politics reform groups started the campaign just after the firing of the FBI Director James Comey. The national campaign will involve paid advertising and grassroots actions. This initiative is aimed at pressuring senators to call for an independent investigation into claims that President Donald Trump and his campaign team colluded with Russia in the team’s effort to rig the recently-concluded presidential elections. The first phase of the campaign is made up of digital ads targeting key senators, including Dean Heller (NV), Jeff Flake (AZ), Ron Johnson (WI), Steve Daines (MT), Rap Toomey (PA), Rob Portman (OH) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). Later, the digital ads will include more senators. Speaking during the launch of the ‘independent Investigation Now’ campaign, Tiffany Muller said that it is the legal right of Americans to enjoy secure and fair elections. A professionally conducted election is the basis of democracy on which America is built on. The president and executive director of End Citizens United called the Congress to immediately establish an independent commission to start investigations into the claims that Trump, in partnership with Russia, attempted to interfere with the elections.
220 members of the Congress have called for independent investigations or special prosecutor on the election rigging claims. These members are made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Moreover, about 50 members of the Congress, including Portman, Flake, and Murkowski, have expressed serious concerns following the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Speaking at the same event, David Donnelly said that President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey was an attack on America’s democracy. He added that politicians should be working hard to safeguard America’s democracy, thus the need for the Senators to call for an independent investigation. Such investigations will be able to give Americans a conclusive answer on Russia’s role in the 2016 elections. Donnelly is the president and chief executive officer of Every voice. This information was originally mentioned on End Citizens United’ website.
The launch of the “Independent Investigations Now” campaigns comes a few months after End Citizens United started the second phase of its campaign against big money in politics. In the first three months, the organization managed to raise over $4 million. The group hopes to collect $35 million ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. This money will be used to fund the election of senators that support the group’s agenda. The senators are Democratic candidates. According to Tiffany, over 100,000 people have made their contributions to the organization. Out of this, 40,000 are new donors. The large number of new donors speaks a lot about the public’s feeling about the 2011 supreme court ruling that allowed for the formation of super PACs. The group hopes its efforts will help in enhancing campaign-finance reforms in America through a constitutional amendment. This information was originally published on USA Today as outlined in the following link