End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee (PAC) that aims to reverse the effects of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in favor of Citizens United, which gave greater credence to the classification of corporations as people, allowing them to further exercise First Amendment rights by letting them accept unlimited sums of money in the form of donations from the wealthy as well as keep their donors’ financing hidden from public scrutiny.
The Citizens United truly changed the American political scene forever, and the addition of the option to fund the campaigns of their favorite democrats and candidates removed the transparency of these debates, and turned the political dispute for a spot in the white house into a complex game of interests, more than it used to be before.
The PAC End Citizens United is the union of citizens who want this landmark to be reviewed and changed, because it has corrupted the political scene of the nation for too long. It has already acquired thousands of members and grassroots donors who contribute towards the goals of the group.
The man behind the loosening of pre-existing campaign finance regulations is James Bopp, the lawyer who fought the case for Citizens United against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in 2008 in front of a panel of federal judges.
In that hearing, Bopp argued that Citizens United, a Republican non-profit, should be allowed to air a movie it produced against Hillary Clinton by allowing it the freedom to fund this campaign as a form of speech without being forced to disclose its list of donors, a freedom previously allowed only to individuals under the First Amendment. The panel ruled against Citizens United but, in 2010, the Supreme Court reversed the decision, adopting many of Bopp’s arguments. James Bopp continues to pursue cases for similar organizations in an effort to further dismantle campaign finance regulations, allowing wealthy people and corporations to fund campaigns of their choice without being disclosed to the public.
It is because of this lack of transparency that arises from deregulating campaign funding oversight that End Citizens United took shape in 2015. In a bid to drive out the influence of big money in politics, it has raked in quite some money itself, collecting $4 million in the first quarter of 2017 from about 100,000 donors. Even though it can only receive a maximum of $5,000 from each donor, it is expected to gather $35 million in financing for the 2018 mid-term elections, more than it garnered for the 2016 elections. This money is being used to fund the election campaigns of Democrat champions of campaign finance reform across the country, and the PAC’s president, Tiffany Muller, aims to fight a system that allows people who can write the biggest checks to have the most significant say.
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