End Citizens United, an organization committed to bringing campaign finance reform and transparency has endorsed Democrat Molly Kelly for Governor of New Hampshire. End Citizens United has had a strong influence in holding candidates accountable for choosing to accept corporate or PAC funding. The issue dates back to 2010 when the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruled in favor of ending spending limits that corporations can issue. The ruling would create a trickle-down of loopholes such as the ability to keep the identity of corporations that donate to certain candidates private. Find out more about End Citizens United at indeed.com
Molly Kelly is a unique case due to the fact that End Citizens United has normally set their focus only on federal officials. Today, they have created a separate branch called “fight for Reform” that assists and endorses state-level officials. It is understandable today why such a move was made, the states have their rights and fighting for reform on a state level can contribute small wins that will eventually bring back a democracy where candidates serve their district constituents and not their district corporations.
Molly Kelly caught the attention of End Citizens United after pledging to end the “LLC Loophole” which provides business owners the ability to donate multiple times through their various businesses. In paraphrasing a quote from Kelly, “there is enough of that in Washington with Trump, let’s lead by example here in New Hampshire”. She is also seeking to clarify state laws to close these loopholes. Today Molly Kelly is one of only 4 governors to be endorsed by Fight for Reform.
End Citizens United has taken a new and bold step in leading the country to finance reform. This state-level project is new and has its flaws, but the progress and its errors today will bring victory in the future.