End Citizens United, The Reformists Who Are Set To Bring Back Sanity To American Politics

James Bopp is an American lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. In January 2008, he literally got laughed at in court for arguing that his client ought to be allowed to air a movie on TV. The movie Hillary was banned from airing on on-demand TV the same time the Democratic presidential primaries were continuing. The movie had portrayed Hillary Clinton as a political schemer and European socialist. The movie also had a scene of Kathleen Willey suggesting that Clinton had helped in planning her cat’s assassination plot. Kathleen had accused the former President Bill Clinton for kissing and hugging her while in the White House. The Federal Election Commission, FEC, had declined to air the movie or even advertising it, citing that it amounted to a campaign advertisement that could not identify its financiers.

Two years later, no judge was laughing when James Bopp ruling was reversed, and his argument wiped out 100 years of preceding the campaign finance law. It was decided that campaign spending is a form of speech which is secured by the First Amendment. The ruling stated that given corporates are referred to as persons, the First Amendment rights are comparable to those of a normal voter. Having to keep a voter from spending money to either support or be against a particular candidate is unconstitutional.

End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee, PAC, which is funded by grassroots donors aimed at reforming the American campaign finance system. It was established in March 2015, to curb the billionaire sponsored politicians from getting to the public office. This is after the Supreme Court ruled in the favor of corporates being rendered as people, and an influx of unknown donations to politicians was experienced. End Citizens United sets out to reform the political arena by raising money for political campaigns on its own.

The group managed to collect over $4 million, from 100,000 people, 40,000 of whom were first timers, in the first quarter of 2017. They anticipate raising $35 million before the 2018 midterm Congress elections. This is set to be a significant increment from the $25 million that was taken by the PAC for the 2016 elections. The aim of the PAC is to have campaign-finance reformists elected to Congress. End Citizens United does not accept donations over $5,000 from a single donor. Regardless of this donation cap, their raising of funds in 2016 helped in positioning them amongst the top Democratic-aligned set spenders in the elections.

Recently, the PAC assisted in contributing to the campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff. They urged their contributors to assists Ossoff and managed to collect $500,000. Ossoff is 30 years of age, and he surprised the political arena by managing to raise over $4 million during the April 18 special elections that were meant to fill the position in a Republican House seat in Atlanta that was vacated by Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary. The PAC group is all set for the 2018 races, and they have shown interests in defending Democratic Sens.

End Citizens United Endorses Senator Elizabeth Warren

End Citizens United has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren, this was not surprising given that she has been a resolute activist for the American consumers. The End Citizens United refers to an organization that came together to work on overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, which gave special interests and corporations the leeway to pump in huge money into political campaigns. This ruling allowed special interests to spend huge and unlimited sums of money to influence the outcome of elections thereby stifling democracy.

Senator Warren’s Endorsement

End Citizens United announced its unequivocal support to Senator Elizabeth Warren via a press release dated July 27, 2017. The grassroots organization stated that American democracy was under threat and hence it was important for positive leaders to be chosen to represent the people in both houses. The group settled on Senator Warren due to the fact that she is outspoken and advocates for full disclosure to consumers. Her endorsement was down to the fact that she had brought about real change now and continue doing so. In addition to her advocacy work on behalf of consumers, she is a politician who has been on the frontline pushing for the overturning of the decision rendered by the Supreme Court. Her goals are in line with those of End Citizens United thereby making the two a great match. Senator Warren has already been introduced to about 100,000 of the End Citizens United and is expected to meet 360,000 more in coming days. The latter will be activated in coming days in order to provide her with the much needed financial muscle.

About End Citizens United

End Citizens United refers to a political action committee (PAC) that is dedicated towards ensuring that it rids off big money from politics. The organization does this by raising big money to help fund its activities and goals. Immediately after it kick started its fund raising efforts, it managed to raise over $4 million within its first three months and it hopes to reach the $35 million mark in readiness for Congress midterm elections in 2018. This will be a huge leap from the figure of $25 million that it had used during the 2016 election.

According to Tiffany Muller, the executive director and president of End Citizens United stated that around 100,000 people sent their contributions. Among this huge number was about 40,000 who were donating for the very first time. The PAC leaders started that their goal was ensuring that the right candidates championing for campaign-finance reforms get elected. Muller clarified that the average donation made to the PAC was $12. A majority of the donors see this idea as their way of fighting the system that allows people with the fattest checks to have their say. The PAC also offered the furious democrats who were devastated when Trump won with a way of fighting back.

Learn more about End Citizens United: http://endcitizensunited.org/