End Citizens United Sets Sights On Huge Financial Year

The 2016 United States Presidential Election was one for the history books. From beginning to end nothing was taken for granted. The rise of Donald Trump, a caustic and unqualified reality TV star, has turned the wheels on the government’s progress in a big way and all that we as citizens can do is look to where, when, and why this all began. fortunately for us there is a pretty clear line that goes straight back to an unassuming lawyer named James Bopp and a tumultuous court proceeding in 2008.

James Bopp’s goal was simple. As the founder of Citizens United he wanted to fight for loosened restrictions surrounding campaign rules. In 2008 he was standing before three federal judges trying to make the argument that he should be allowed to air “Hillary: The Movie”, a slanderous hit piece, during Clinton’s televised debate with then nominee Barack Obama. The hit piece of a movie contained numerous lies, inaccuracies, and slanderous statements that the three judges on the panel literally laughed. This was not how the FEC worked and James Bopp wouldn’t be victorious — at least not in 2008.

Fast forward two years later and James Bopp and Citizens United have made it all the way up to the Supreme Court — the highest office in all of America. It was there that Bopp and Citizens United somehow managed to succeed in arguing for loose restrictions surrounding campaign financing. The results have been predictably disastrous for the legitimacy of democracy, causing special interests and corporate lobbyists to come flooding through the gates opened up by Bopp’s Citizens United — exactly what he hoped for.

Now, in 2017, we are looking back at one of the worst Presidential elections in the history of the country and it culminated in the election of an unqualified and unpopular reality star — all thanks to the Citizens United decision. This is where Tiffany Muller and the group at End Citizens United come into play. End Citizens United is a political action committee that was designed with the sole aim of undoing the damage that James Bopp and Citizens United had managed to do.

End Citizens United is a political action committee that is seeking to undo the Citizens United decision in the best way it possibly can: by bringing about game changing politicians who have championed campaign finance reform on their platform. This is a huge part of the Democratic/Progressive platform which means it is predictably the antithesis of America’s right wing.

So far through the first part of 2017 End Citizens United has raised nearly $4 million of their $35 million goal. If End Citizens United is successful they’ll be able to make a real push during the 2018 Congressional Elections.

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James Bopp And The Growth Of End Citizens United

In 2008 when the silver haired lawyer, James Bopp, attended a court hearing in Washington, D.C., to argue for his political group, Citizens United. Bopp was on Capitol Hill to argue to the judges that Citizens United should be able to show a film, called Hillary the Movie, concerning Hillary Clinton on television. The film offers the proposition that Hillary Clinton was a Euro styled socialist and a devious political manipulator and that she was even involved, interestingly, in a assassination attempt on, of all things, a cat.

Mr. Bopp was laughed out of the room and, needless to say, his motion was denied; Citizens United would not be able to air the film during the election cycle as it constituted an “ad campaign.” However, Bopp, not his associates at Citizens United, was not one to be deterred and continued fighting on the issue. Only two years later the courts completely overturned their previous decision and allowed Citizens United to air the film. The decision was a momentous one that completely reversed over a century of legal precedent regarding First Amendment rights and campaign finance. Spending was now legal considered “speech.”

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Bopp was quite obviously overjoyed, however, many were not. Foremost among the displeased was Citizens United’s arch nemesis, the aptly named, End Citizens United. The organizations goal is all in the name. End Citizens United is, like Citizens United, a non-profit political action committee formed for the express purpose of overturning any decisions which allow “big money” to flow into Washington.

But unlike many other similar groups ECU has been extremely successful thus far and has been able to raise a considerable sum of money from grassroots donors to further their political aims and combat individuals such as Mr. Bopp. As of 2017 they have already collected well over four million dollars from their fund raising campaigns and that kind of money is only expected to increase. Analysts for the organization predict that if their donations continue at similar and stable rates then they will be looking at collecting around $ 35 million by the time the next mid-term elections swing around in 2018! That certainly is not a sum to chuckle at. With it End Citizens United looks to put an end to big money and big business in the capital once and for all by fielding sympathetic candidates for various offices around the country. Only time will tell whether or not their efforts will bring success in their arduous battle against Bopp and Citizens United.

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