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James Bopp Is Behind End Citizens United

James Bopp is the lawyer who was not allowed to air a 60 min movie by the court. He is a lawyer who belongs to Terre Haute, Indiana. He was appearing for his client which was a conservative non-profit organization that was named End Citizens United. The movie in question was titled, Hillary: The Movie. This was to be aired during Democratic presidential primaries. The movie had been produced by Citizens United.

This was when the Federal Election Commission (FEC) stated that Citizens United was not allowed to air this film during the primary season as it would be like a campaign ad that would be lasting for 90 minutes. Besides, no one would be able to identify who had paid for this campaign. James Bopp argued in court that this movie was just like any other movie that people see on 60 Minutes. Hence he asked for First Amendment protection for its creators.

But soon, Supreme Court reversed this ruling. Many arguments of Bopp were accepted. In this way, several facets of campaign-finance law were wiped out. This was a 100-year-old legacy that was simply wiped out. Based on his arguments, it was maintained that campaign spending was a form of speech as per a 1976 law. Hence it needs to be protected by the First Amendment. Such protection has to be extended to corporations too. The ruling stated that the corporations also have First Amendment rights just like an average voter. Hence it is unconstitutional to keep them away from spending money for supporting or defeating any specific candidates of their choice.

In this way, Bopp was able to chip away the campaign-finance regulations of the nation and led to Citizens United. But Bopp is still pursuing challenges. He wants to dismantle practically all the facets of campaign-finance regulation. This is why End Citizens United is such an important organization today. Its work cannot be ignored anymore.

During the first quarter of this year, End Citizens United managed to rake in $4 million. But it is not resting there. It is gearing itself for the 2018 mid-term elections. Besides, it is well aware that it would have to raise much more for helping its Democrat candidates in those elections.

End Citizens United is yet trying to figure out which campaigns to support during those elections. A few have been identified, but more are to be defined. The goal of End Citizens United is to help elect those Democrat candidates to the Congress who can support the campaign finance reforms.

Typically Bopp uses small organizations that are mission driven in order to find loopholes in the law which can benefit wealthy corporations along with their political allies. This is exactly what he managed to achieve through Citizens United.

Visit endcitizensunited.org to sign up and be a member of the organization.

End Citizens United: Establishing their Name In The World

Before 2015, no one had heard about End Citizen United. However, after its establishment in August 2015, the Group has garnered great attention from the public. This is because they have a clearly defined goal: overturning the Supreme Court ruling passed in 2010.

 

How was the group going to achieve that? They are going to collect signatures and raising $25 million towards the agenda.

 

The question is; why did they wait until 2015 to start the campaign? The reason is so as to get Democrats and the liberals elected who will support the agenda for reversing the Supreme Court ruling.

 

The group seems to have achieved great success because in only one month they were able to raise $2 million.

 

Background

 

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that prohibited the use of Soft money in the election. The Supreme Court was providing a ruling on a case presented by the Citizen United. The PAC wanted the court to reverse the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act clause that prohibited ‘electioneeirng communications.’ Even though the Supreme Court upheld the law on advocacy ads, they changed the soft money law.

 

The law states that the corporation and committees were not allowed to raise money or spend money that was not subject to federal limits. According to the End Citizens United, the ruling would adversely affect the elections.

 

They raised concerns that the election will no longer be free and fair. This is robbing the American people their Democratic right. By reversing the law, the billionaires now had the chance to influence the elections to their favor.

 

The primary goal of the End Citizens United is to raise money to influence the Congress to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.

 

The first agenda of the group is to have people elected who support the vision. That is why they endorsed 11 Democrat candidates. They will then raise the issue of money to be a national priority and to advance their agenda they will use the grassroots members. End Citizens United greatest supporters are the grassroots activists.

 

The ultimate goal of the campaign is to have a constitutional amendment, and by the end of 2015, 325,000 people had already signed the petition. After partnering with ‘Ready for Hilary,’ the group received $4 million more emails.

 

While the desire to have a constitutional amendment is genuine, the dream may be far-fetched according to the critics. There has not been a constitutional amendment since 1992. Despite having the influence, it will hard to get the Congress to amend the constitution.

 

They can, however, be commended for providing the public with information on the Supreme Court ruling. The group has also kept the pressure on the Supreme Court and the political leaders not to make the situation worse.