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.