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.