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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