James Bopp is the one who started Citizens United. In 2008, Mr. Bopp, a lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, argued before the court that the small Conservative non-profit called Citizens United to air Hillary: The movie during the Democratic presidential primaries. The Federal Election Commission rejected their request by they did not specify who paid for it and it would be considered to be a 90-minute campaign.
After two years, Supreme Court judges reversed ruling made by Lamberth and adopted most of the arguments put across by Bopp. Citizens United was as a result of Bopp’s pursuit to do away with the nation’s campaign finance regulation. James Bopp is currently leading a wide based litigation threats against federal and state campaign finance laws. The consequences Citizens United which advocated for the protection of movies and books has led to allowing unlimited corporate spending in the election. Bopp has an impressive record in courts having won various cases such as bringing to an end McCain Feingold campaign finance law and contributed immensely in the case of Bush v. Gore.
End Citizen United is a political action committee dedicated to ensuring that more money is taken out of politics. The group has collected about $4 million within the first three months of 2017. It is aiming at raising about $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. According to fundraising information given by the USA Today, the amount is considered an important surge from the $25 million collected by PAC in the 2016 election in its first circle of operation. It is approximated that during the first quarter of the year about 100,000 people contributed to the PAC. 40,000 of the contributors gave for the first time to the PAC. Within 2016, the average contribution received by the PAC was $12. The political action committee has assisted Jon Ossoff, the Democrat candidate in Georgia to raise $500,000 through donations. The 30-year-old Jon Ossoff surprised many by raising over $4million for the election held to fill a vacant position in a Republican House seat left by Tom Price who was appointed as the secretary of Health and Human Services.
The group name is coined from the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The ruling opened doors to the union and corporate donations. The donations are meant to help in candidate elections, and it has led to the launching of super PACs which can raise any amount of money. End Citizen United carries out its activities as a traditional PAC and does not allow over $5,000 donations from a single individual donor. The End Citizen United has managed to build ties to the campaign-finance groups which have collaborated with them. They managed to convince senators who benefited from funds donated by Devos family not to vote for her as an education minister.
End Citizen United has started raising money of its own in preparation for the 2018 mid-term elections. The organization anticipates getting more Democrats elected to the Congress. According to the report first submitted to the USA TODAY, the group raised a total of $4 million in the first few months of this year and is hoping to hit its target of $35 million before the onset of the 2018 midterm elections for the Congress.
This would be a huge amount compared to the $25 million PAC received for the 2016 elections. According to the Executive Director and President of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, approximately 100,000 people have contributed to PAC over the first quarter of the year, and approximately 50 percent were first-time contributors. Muller reported that PAC has received $12 million this year. Most donors are dedicated to fighting back President Trump’s agendas and nominees, especially Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Supreme Court.
End Citizen United does not accept donations more than $5,000 from a single donor. Most donors feel like the American system is rigged against them, where the wealthy who give big checks get the biggest say. Adam Bozzi, the spokesperson of End Citizens United, said that the group worked with other organizations to convince Republican Senators who had received campaign donations from the wealthy Betsy DeVos’ family to restrain themselves from voting on her nomination as the President’s Education Secretary.
End Citizens United endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren for re-election in the United States’ Senate. Warren is among the few people who are dedicated to reforming the broken campaign finance system in the states. According to Tiffany Muller, Warren spent her career championing for all the hard-working families who have been denied their democracy. She understands that money in politics is a lynchpin in that struggle. End Citizens United is happy to support and work with Senator Warren as she continues with the spirited fight to transform the campaign finance system, as well as to end the manipulation of big money in politics.
Millionaires and billionaires have flooded the political system with intentions of rigging it to serve their selfish interests. Senator Warren is devoted to ending the corrupt system so that every American citizen gets an equal say in their democracy. She has been a vocal campaigner for disclosure, pushing for legislation in the senate to stop the big donors from concealing their political spending.
End Citizens United is planning to link Warren’s campaign with over 100,000 members in Massachusetts. In addition, it will activate its 360,000 grassroots to ensure that she has sufficient resources to win. Warren is a great supporter of a legal amendment to knock over Citizens United as well as the corrupting and corrosive influence of money in politics.