The Johnson Amendment Becomes The Latest Fight For End Citizens United

Founded in 2015, End Citizens United was initially seen as a PAC developed for a single purpose but is now showing itself to be a group with its eye on developing a powerful stranglehold on the need to protect the election finance regulations at all levels. Operating as a traditional PAC, which means the group limits donations to just $5,000 allows the group to endorse candidates such as Hillary Clinton without the need to kowtow to the influence of wealthy donors; the work of End Citizens United continues as the 2018 Midterm Elections draw closer with the aim of the PAC being to bring election finance reform-friendly Democrats into Congress.

One area of great importance to End Citizens United in 2017 is the consistent threat being made by Republican lawmakers to one of the least controversial pieces of election finance regulations introduced in the 20th-century. The Johnson Amendment provides a clear separation between Church, charitable bodies, and the state in the form of a ban on tax-exempt group providing funding for candidates in elections; introduced to Congress by Lyndon Johnson before he became President of the U.S. the bill passed largely without opposition. Any tax-exempt group found to have provided funding for political candidates or parties risks losing their tax status following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.

End Citizens United have been monitoring the attacks on the Johnson Amendment for a number of months dating back to the arrival of President Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential election cycle. As a candidate, President Trump vowed to overturn the Johnson Amendment but has yet to bring any legislation to Congress; knowing the amendment is one of the least controversial in the U.S. the President has since signed an Executive Order calling on the IRS not to prosecute Church groups found to have flaunted the Johnson Amendment.

As the fight to protect the Johnson Amendment continues the problem of continued attacks by conservative politicians has been highlighted by End Citizens United President, Tiffany Muller. The recently introduced tax reform bill of 2017 has included within its many pages a clause exempting religious groups from the Johnson Amendment which would cause major problems for many political groups over the course of the coming years. End Citizens United has made many attempts to fight for the financial election reforms which the PAC hopes to use to stem the tide of continuing attacks on the rights of political groups to remain free from the undue political influence of major financial donors.

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Threat to Johnson Amendment and Growing Importance of End Citizens United

The attempts of the Republicans to dilute the Johnson Amendment is the latest threat to the election process of the country. The Amendment that successfully kept the church money out of politics until recently is going to get a drastic makeover in the coming days. The move is expected to create widespread consequences into the political system of the country. The executive order issued by President Trump leads to rolling back the taxation of the church funding to political campaigns. End Citizens United, the prominent PAC against money groups, has communicated that it would create options for large money groups to channel their political contributions to churches for taking the tax benefit.

ECU has taken a stand against the move and said that it would fight for protecting the Amendment. It asked the legislatures and the executive to abandon the repeal efforts for Johnson Amendment. The PAC warned that it would create massive rigging to the election processing and finance system. It also continued that people of America are increasingly worried about what happens to the administration, especially after the Russian intervention in the elections and ongoing investigations. The Citizens United order against FEC in 2010 from the Supreme Court has made a clear damage to the election finance system and gave superior voice to large money groups and corporations. To counter the effects, ECU was formed in 2015 to protect the soul of the democracy and the American elections.

Since its formation, ECU started working to overturn the Citizen United verdict through meaningful legislation process. The Citizen United verdict previously gave corporations to access the political campaigning process, and now, the organizations like churches can make greater say through political funding. ECU has come out with some statistics that can be a clear signal to where the future is evolving. The 2016 Presidential election cost was approximately $6.5 billion, whereas people contributed as many as $119 billion to various religious organizations in 2015. When people contribute to churches by thinking it could be used for its development purposes, it might get diverted to the election campaigns, in addition to channeling through churches by money groups.

The situation of buying elections by large money groups are quite alarming, and the new move would further extend it. ECU is planning to send maximum pro-reform champions to the houses of the legislature to introduce and pass an amendment that can ensure structured and accurate election system. The PAC believes that it is the only way to protect the constitutional buildings of the country. ECU campaigns for the representatives who are standing against the big money donors and work towards election finance reform. The PAC also runs social media and individual grass root level campaigns to take its vision reaching people. Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality

 

 

How House Republican’s Have Been Influenced By A Secret Special Interest Group

In an article released by End Citizens United, it’s been revealed that a special interest group is giving $2 million to House Republicans who voted in May 2017 to remove health care from millions of US citizens. This money is being given to 21 Republicans that voted for the Obamacare repeal bill that will result about 24 million people losing their coverage that they have on ACA exchanges.

Among the other changes the bill includes is vastly increasing the cost of health care for everyone over the age of 50 as it includes an age tax. The bill also allows insurers to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, high blood pressure, cancer, and pregnancy. The group giving money to these Republicans is the American Action Network which is an organization that refuses to reveal who is providing funding for it.

End Citizens United is a political action committee (PAC) that was founded in the wake of the US Supreme Courts decision that resulted in the political system being taken over by deep-pocketed corporations and wealthy individuals who know hold outsized power over the political process. This organization is dedicated to backing politicians who seek campaign finance reform that will roll back some of the consequences of the Supreme Court ruling and ultimately they hope to pass a constitutional amendment limiting what people can give to political campaigns.

In the first three months of 2017, End Citizens United was able to collect over $4 million in contributions from small donors. They are now expecting they will raise over $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections which will greatly outpace the $25 million they had contributed to them for the 2016 presidential elections.

The $4 million that End Citizens United has taken in so far was given by around 100,000 people each contributing an average of $12. The Executive Director and President of End Citizens United, Tiffany Miller, said that around 40,000 of those people had contributed to the PAC for the first time. Comments she has received from contributors indicate an overwhelming sentiment that the entire system is rigged against them by wealthy people and corporations. They are also very angry about Donald Trump winning the presidency and want to do their part to fight back against his agenda as well as that of Republicans in the House and Senate.

One of the beneficiaries of End Citizens United’s efforts is Jon Ossoff of Georgia, a Democratic candidate who is running in a heavily Republican area and for whom they want to raise $500,000. He has been remarkably successful in his campaign to win the seat that was left by Tom Price who took on the role of Health and Human Services.

 

Shedding Light On Dark Money In Politics

End Citizens United is a PAC attempting to end the shady money coming into politics from its GOP counterparts. If you’ve recently woken up thinking that you had a dream of Donald Trump being our President, only to find out it’s a scary reality, you may want to check out this grassroots organization. Comprised of primarily “small donors,” this group is attempting to reform campaign funding laws to avoid major corporations to be seen as humans in our electoral process, essentially “buying” elections.

Identifying The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizen’s United v. FEC, which allows special interests and billionaires to fund campaigns with no accountability as being the problem, the group has grown to well over 325,000 supporters in its petitioning and fundraising measures. The group seeks to bring transparency to our electoral spending through a few simple measures:

1.Electing pro-reform candidates

2.Raising the issue of money in politics as a national priority

3.Using grassroots membership to demonstrate political power on the issue of money in politics

Self-identifying as “Democrats,” the group is led by a staff of significant diversity, including Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director, being one of the first openly gay political figures in Kansas, and paving the way for other LGBT figures to become representative in other areas of government such as congress and the senate, tackling discrimination every step of the way. The other staff members range from advocates to veterans, representing nearly every walk of life. Learn more about the organization on EndCitizensUnited.Org

End Citizens United makes getting involved easy, and provides a wealth of information

on its website http://endcitizensunited.org, where you can find video, news articles, a research area, and even find local events and causes to support this noble organization. If you are like most of us, and tired of having the government represent only a tiny fraction of the population, it might be time to consider getting involved. Money may not seem like a huge issue when looking from outside within, however our current administration exemplifies perfectly why this needs to be a major concern to all American’s, as most of us aren’t billionaires, and are being represented by folks that simply can’t relate to our issues and concerns. It’s time for a change, and time to act now, without further delay.

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End Citizens United Supporters Continue Fight For Reachable Mission

After the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision that changed the laws governing campaign finance laws on OpenSecrets.org, End Citizens United formed its grass roots effort for having it overturned.

End Citizens United is operated by a team of some of the most optimum and ideal individuals who decided that enough was enough. The team set out on a mission that turned out to be what a large section of U.S. citizens was waiting for.

Since its creation, End Citizens United received an overwhelming number of supporters. Their first petition obtained the organization over 300,000 U.S. citizens to combat the problem of campaign finance. The influx of money into the political system without oversight is seen by the organization as a complete disparity and they’ve petitioned the voters to stand up against it.

End Citizens United’s mission is to bring reform to campaign finance and they believe that in order for that to happen, there first needs to be a change with the politicians being elected. The organization believes that any elected official must adhere to complete transparency with the funds received from corporate and wealthy business owners. It is a clear-cut decision on their part for stopping any special interest group from contributing to an already rigged system on endcitizensunited.org.

Their continued success in eliminating this breach of trust within the political process has been overwhelmingly supported by U.S. taxpayers. They were able to raise $2 million with what is described as “small” donations. Donations of as little as $5.00 has reached the organization on Facebook, however, it has made a huge impact in their pursuit of political justice for American citizens.

It is clear from the amount of support the organization has received since their existence, that they’re on the heels of achieving one of the greatest grass root efforts of the 21st century. There’s been an enormous out-pouring of allegiance to this cause.

Completely non-profit, End Citizens United has garnered the attention of U.S. citizens and put politicians on high alert that campaign finance reform will be reached. Their productive alliance on msnbc.com with the voters of this country will prevail to a level that will leave politicians no other choice but to concede to change.

What makes End Citizens United so effective in its efforts is the people they’ve been able to reach. They project an additional four million supporters this year. Regardless of whether a person leans to the right or to the left of the political spectrum, the organization believes that U.S. citizens deserve the right to have their voices heard.

End Citizens United has stood by the core principle that the election power belongs to the people, not politicians. They believe that “democracy means government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”