End Citizen United: Fighting For The Other Classes
End Citizen United helped to completely change the landscape when it comes to American elections. It also helped to establish a legal basis for corporations being people. This helped to open the door for those with money to be able to spend large amounts of money that can’t be traced in the American elections. Here’s some information about who started End Citizen United and what to expect from them in the future.
In January of 2008, James Bopp was laughed out of court when appearing in front of a federal panel of three judges in Washington DC. He was arguing for a client, Citizen United, about the right to air Hillary: The Movie during the Democratic presidential primaries. The Federal Election Commission, or FEC, told Citizens United it was not allowed to show or advertise for the movie during the primary season. They said that it was the equivalent of a 90-minute and that did not identify who had paid for it.
Two years later the Supreme Court reversed this ruling and ended up adopting many arguments that Bopp originally had made. This decision wiped out over 100 years of precedent when it comes to campaign-finance law. The decision was overturned because of a 1976 decision that stated that campaign spending is a form of speech that is protected by the First Amendment.
This political action committee has been raising plenty of cash hoping to get more Democrats elected in congress. End Citizen United focuses on driving big money out of politics. They have been raising money totaling $4 million in the first three months of 2017 and thinks that they will be able to raise around $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections for Congress.
About 100,000 people have contributed to End Citizens United in the first quarter of the year including 40,000 new contributors. The leaders of the group state that their goal is to help elect champions in campaign-finance reform to Congress. The average contribution is about $12from contributors that feel that the system is rigged, where those with the most money have the biggest say. This is their chance to fight back.
End Citizen United was started to help those that feel that money plays too important of a roll in the government. Through congressional reform and spreading the word, they are helping to change the future of America.