All About End Citizens Unite And The Man Who Started It All

In January 2008, James Bopp was laughed out of court. He had gone before a three-judge panel in Washington, DC to argue that Citizens United, a nonprofit organization, should be allowed to air a clip about Hillary. The Federal Election Commission argued that it could not air the movie as it amounted to a political advertisement, which did not identify who paid for it.

However, that was the last time anyone was laughing about the matter in court. Two years later, the matter was settled at the Supreme Court where most of Bopp’s arguments were accepted. It forever changed 100 years of campaign finance practices in the US. The ruling henceforth declared the corporations were persons, and they could contribute directly to an election campaign.

The decision was the culmination of many years of work by Bopp to degrade finance regulations within the United States. However, he is not done. Bopp is tirelessly working to dismantle any kind of campaign finance regulation within the US. He has many cases in court, all of which look weak at the fore. However, the world has by now learned not to laugh at him.

He Targets Both State and Federal Laws

James Bopp is at the helm of a broad campaign designed to chip away at finance regulations at both the state and federal level. He works by using small organizations to widen loopholes in the law that make it easy for a corporation to donate directly to campaigns.

However, Bopp prefers to think that he is defending the First Amendment. He thus views his work as defending free speech by all, including corporations. In his course, he has had some unique allies. They have included the ACLU, the Committee for Freedom of the Press, and many others.

What His opponents Think

Those who oppose him say that Bopp essentially used the first Amendment to create a Wild West system where anyone can splurge on a campaign. If all the cases Bopp is pursuing succeed, they could eliminate laws on spending caps, and even allow donors to hide from public view.

End Citizen United; The Group that is challenging the Supreme Court Decision

End Citizens United is a PAC that is focused on eliminating Bopp’s victory at the Supreme Court. Thus far, the group has been able to collect over $4 million during the first three months of this year. By the 2018 Midterm elections, it is estimated that it will have over $35 in its purse. Most of its contributions come from small donors, who would like to see the end of big money in American politics. Thus far, over 100,000 people have donated to its course, which shows people are genuinely interested in bringing an end to the SCOTUS decision.

The PAC Working To Overturn Citizens United

Citizens United went on the books as law in 2010, after its chief architect, James Bopp, was laughed out of court for laying what would be the foundation of the law. For those unfamiliar with the law, it can be viewed as a sweeping deregulation of the campaign-finance system. Under Citizens United, potential donors can spend nearly unlimited amounts of money to support candidates by creating Political Action Committees. Bopp, as a lawyer at the helm of many non-profit organizations, had been taking on scattered campaign-finance court cases for years before he got his big break with the passage of Citizens United.

His strategy has been a busy one. He takes on cases all over the country that involve campaign-finance at a state level, and these similar cases often receive different rulings. When appellate courts disagree, the case moves up the food chain, with the standstills eventually being resolved by the Supreme Court. James Bopp argues on behalf of his clients in the name of the First Amendment, positing that a person’s or corporation’s campaign financing is equivalent to their speech. According to Bopp, then, any government-imposed limit on spending is also a government mandate on how much someone can say.

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This law has seen a variety of stark opposition. One such opposing entity is End Citizens United, a political action committee, or PAC, with the stated goal of getting big money out of politics. This year’s first quarter saw the group pulling in an impressive $4 million dollars in funds. As the nation winds down to the midterm elections in 2018, End Citizens United is projected to balloon that number into $35 million dollars towards their cause. This number would be a $10 million-dollar upshot from the money raised during the previous election year. Of the 100,000 donors who have contributed to this PAC this year, 40,000 of them were first-time givers.

The means through which End Citizens United intend to overturn the law are elections of congressional candidates who support finance-reform, such as the democratic candidate Jon Ossoff who ran to fill Tom Price’s seat in Georgia. The committee has its eye on several other candidates, and is staying vigilant with regards to the upcoming race. The PAC is also committed to engaging other campaign finance groups to urge senators who have a hand in voting for people who had financed them in the past to recuse themselves from such votes. One such example was Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. Since Trump’s election, the group has said that they are just getting started, and will continue to lobby for the overturn of Citizen’s United.