Understanding End Citizens United

End Citizens United is an organization that is committed to making a difference in campaign finance reform. The main aim of the organization is to have a constitutional amendment passed so as to reverse a decision that was made by the Supreme Court. Many super PAC’s were released following the 2010 decision and this led to questionable money that became infused in politics. End Citizens led a petition whereby they collected over 325,000 signatures and the number is expected to go up. In order to popularize campaigns, End Citizens United used polling and direct mailers and also television advertisements.

End Citizens United requires two-thirds of the total vote from the House and the Senate and ratifying from three-fourths of the state so as to overturn the decision by the Supreme Court. It was back in 1992 when there was a passing of constitutional amendment in the United States. End Citizens United decided not to support the Republicans since they believe that their spending is not under control and that they do not support the over-turning of the Supreme Court’s decision. The organization supports candidates who understands and supports campaign finance reform. End Citizens United has received donations worth 136,000 and currently, it has employed 5 staff members who share the same visions and goals as the organization.

Recently, End Citizens United raised approximately $4 million in three months and is still expected to raise an extra $35 million. In the first quarter of the year, the organization received contributions from almost 100,000 individuals. $12 is the average contribution and they are fighting against the system. According to reports, the Democrats are not happy about the pick by President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court. For the campaign of Jon Ossoff, the Congressional Democrat, End Citizens got $500,000 from contributors. Mr. Ossoff has so far raised more than $4 million for the Republican House seat in Atlanta Georgia. Previously, the seat was held by Tom Price. It is also expected that End Citizens United will defend Sherrod Brown from Ohio and John Tester from Montana.

The term End Citizens United came from the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 that enabled union and corporate donations in candidate elections. It also allowed PACs to have unlimited spending. The organization operates as a tradition PAC and it does not accept a donation more than $5,000 from any person who prefers to make a decision. Due to their efforts in fundraising, End Citizens United is among the top positions in the aligned Democratic groups. Adam Bozzi serves as the spokesman for the End Citizens United and he states that they are creating ties to bring together the finance groups for their campaigns.

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End Citizens United Looks To Field Candidate For 2018

In 2008, James Bopp, a peculiarly named, silver haired lawyer from Terre Haute, entered the courtroom of a federal judge council in Washington, D.C. to debate that a film called Hillary: The Movie, should be able to air on television. The film was produced and financed by the political action committee known as Citizens United.

The film alleged that Hillary R. Clinton was a European style Socialist and that she was a malevolent and underhanded political schemer; because the FEC declared that the film was essentially a paid campaign advertisement that did not say specifically who funded it, it would not be allowed to air. Bopp argued that there was little difference between Hillary: The Movie and a extended production of 60 minutes. The court disagreed and he was laughed right out of the room, quite literally. When Mr. James Bopp, determined as ever, returned two years later and completely overturned the ruling it no longer seemed a laughing matter.

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The group that backed Bopp and the film, which did eventually air, Citizens United, is not without its detractors, however. Utmost among them is the political action committee called End Citizens United, which was created for the express purpose of combating Citizens United and getting big money out of politics. As one observes in the case of Hillary: The Movie, the financial backers who actually funded the film utilize their super PACs which means that the nature and intent behind productions and lobbying measures is often completely mysterious and palled.

This is a relatively recent development in Americas history which had, previously, had a great aversion to fiscally opaque measures, especially ones that were ensconced in law. This is precisely what End Citizens United hopes to combat and one of the primary ways they have decided to do so is by fielding their own candidates to local and federal offices. Of course, this is not easy task and will require considerable effort and funding and so the PAC has set about on a grass roots funding campaign which has netted them over 4 million dollars as of the first three months of this year alone. Their expected financial net gain for the midterms of 2018 is currently estimated at around $ 35 million; with that kind of backing, End Citizens United is looking at increasingly good odds of living up to their name.