End Citizens United Highlights In An Election

It is in a few months to go, and the midterm elections will take place. End Citizens United is doing its role by endorsing the candidates that have demonstrated their support on reforms of the campaign finances.

End Citizens United is an organization that began in 2015. It was a response to a decision made by Supreme court in 2010 in a case between FEC and Citizens United. The organization is seeking a way to overturn the decision made and support the reform of campaign finance by doing a wide range of activities. The organization has been supporting political candidates who have good track records of rejecting the dark money they are getting. The dark money is for a favor of measures, and the organization will prevent its flow into Washington. The organization is endorsing even those that are contending to unseat the Republican incumbents.

The question is how a political organization can develop from just a single case in Supreme Court? The formation of End Citizens United was to respond directly to FEC vs. Citizens United decision in 2010, which opened the flowing gates for the dark money. It was pouring the unrestricted to political candidates that are getting paid and bought for some personal gains. It prevented the candidates from representing their constituents, and they served the interests of these wealthy corporations and individuals that have donated to them millions of dollars to support their campaigns.

The End Citizens United, therefore, supports the pre-reformed candidates only. Due to the shower of this dark money that is flowing into unabated political candidates coffers, the candidates get an unfair advantage in regards to those candidates that avoid to align themselves. The role of United Citizens United is to put in level the playing ground by raising some money through grassroots efforts where it will use that money to support the pro-reform candidates. In the years that the organization has existed, it has been able to emerge as a player that is powerful in American politics. Those candidates that are endorsed by End Citizens United has many advantages because they get connections with grassroots members of ECU despite anyone having the chance for the dark money.

NPG VAN Uses Distributed Canvassing to Save Time Campaigning

Campaigning is difficult, time consuming work, especially the ground activities. Door-to-door campaigning is often the most time consuming, as NGP VAN points out, because it consists of plotting, planning and then the actual canvassing. Each step requires actual time devoted to the process of each mandatory element.


The canvassing process is referred to as cutting turf. To help reduce the time consumption of cutting turf, a new tool was devised called Distributed Canvassing. Distributed Canvassing is automates the turf cutting process. Distributed Canvassing cuts the number of steps involved in cutting turf.

Volunteers must take several steps just to aid in a campaign.

  1. The volunteer must contact a field organizer.
  2. The volunteer will then schedule a time to visit the campaign’s office.
  3. The volunteer’s field officer must plot the canvassing area that must be covered or cut turf.
  4. The volunteer must review the voter’s list.
  5. The volunteer canvasses and contacts the voter.
  6. The volunteer turns the list of people contacted in to the office.
  7. The office organizer must enter the new data in the system.

With Distributed Canvassing this process is reduced to two steps. First, each volunteer uses an app which cuts the turf based on the volunteers location. The volunteer is given a number that is generated after the app sets up a universe and gives the number of doors the volunteer is to visit.

This app is based on an app called Knock10, which was used by the DNC in the summer of 2017. With Knock 10, the user downloads the app, sign-in and then knock on the 10 closest doors. It’s been improved since then through the use of feedback and incorporated into MiniVan, which is software generated by NGP VAN.

Distributed Canvassing is now in its Beta Phase due to the hard work of NPG VAN’s employees. In 2016, Inc. Magazine named NPG VAN one of the best places to work with at least 500 employees. NPG VAN supports the progressive values of their Democratic clients. NPG VAN is privately owned, U.S. based and singularly focused on advancing the progressive democratic agenda.

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