End Citizens United Has Become A Voice Of The People

Every fight for freedom and equality is characterized by various barriers especially from those who are exploiting others. In 2010, the case presented to the Supreme Court involving Citizens United and Federal Election Commission has led to commotion and opposition all over American especially in the political system. One of those organizations that are reacting and opposing to the ruling is the PAC End Citizens United. Over the history, there have been various cases that were seen as controversial at the beginning but after sometime they led to the current operation in the political culture of American.

Citizens United has been in the political arena for years and has great effects to the rolling of things in America. However, the effects may come to an end especially after various organizations have come up to counter the ruling. One of the major movements that have been on the forefront of combating the Citizens United ruling is the End Citizens United which was founded in 2015 by March.

The case in the court sprout from the year 2008 case, when Citizens United attempted to air a film that was attacking the Democratic presidential candidate. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) however found that the film was a campaign ad which never revealed who was financing it as required to the federal law. This led to Citizens United suing the FEC to stop them from asking them for the movie’s financiers. However, the case turned against Citizens United.

The ruling was only upheld for 2 years until Obama’s regime when the ruling was overturned because of the First Amendment law in the United States Constitution. Of course this was a breach of the constitution rights. This would clearly increase such campaign ads for donors will not be revealed.

This ruling gave a higher advantage to Republican Party which has many of the richest and economic elites. Various organizations and political activists have been on the forefront to overturn Citizens United decisions. Others have called for a constitutional amendment because of the misinterpretation of First Amendment by the Supreme Court. Organizations like ACLU, Center for Political Accountability, Sunlight Foundation, and End Citizens United among others.

The PAC End Citizens United has its headquarters at Washington DC and their aim is to simply end the ruling of Citizens United. They raise funds from grassroots which they use to support reformists who will take the positions of the incumbent leaders. It aims to raise $35 million for the next cycle of 2018 elections. The organization is led by Tiffany Muller as the president and Matt Burgess as the vice.

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End Citizen United’s Legal Battle To Drive Out Big Money From Political Campaigns

Recap: The Man behind Citizens United is Just Getting Started
During the Democratic presidential primaries, Citizens United wanted to air a Hillary movie in 2008. However, Citizen United was banned from airing this film. Therefore, with the help of their lawyer James Bopp, they presented their case to court seeking the right to air the film. This film depicted Hillary Clinton as a ‘European Socialist.’ It was a clear attack on Hillary Clinton both as a leader and as an individual. Unfortunately for Citizens United, the Federal Election Commission restricted them from airing the movie during the primaries because it was not clear who had paid for it.

Royce Lamberth, the district court judge involved in this case ruled against the Citizens United. Therefore the film was not aired at the time. Circumstances changed in 2010 when the Supreme Court overruled the ruling by Royce Lamberth. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations should be allowed to support a specific candidate and the courts should not prevent them from expressing themselves.

Through their lawyer, James Bopp, Citizens United was seeking to do away with the nation’s campaign finance regulations. This court battle and James win in the case in 2010 has motivated him to lead a legal attack against both federal and state campaign-finance laws. In this battle, James has gained some allies who are willing to stand with him. In 2008, Judge Royce laughed at him, but today he has the upper hand.

Recap: End Citizens United Raises $4 Million
Politicians receive a lot of money during their campaign period. However, some organizations such as End Citizens United seek to drive out big money from politics. But, the group needs finances of its own. They have already raised $4 million but are expecting to have raised $35 million before 2018 midterm elections for Congress.

As a political action committee, End Citizens United does not accept more than $5,000 from an individual donor. End Citizens United was founded in 2015 and seeks to eliminate the funding of political campaigns by billionaires who according to the group, are trying to buy the elections. The committee has formed close ties with campaign-finance groups. According to Adam Bozzi, who is the group’s spokesperson, End Citizens United has worked closely with more than 24 groups. This work relation had been directed towards trying to persuade senators who received donations from Betsy Devos to refrain from voting towards her nomination as the Education Secretary in the Trump’s Government. Unfortunately for End Citizens United, they lost the campaign with only one vote and Betsy was made the Education Secretary.

No matter the outcome, End Citizens United plans to fight for what it believes in till the end.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the group.