In the recent past, End Citizens United has been hitting the headlines for the right reasons. Sometime back in 2008, the nonprofit organization made it to the headlines due to a court hearing presented by their lawyer James Bopp.
James Bopp had submitted the Washington, DC judges with an argument that his client should be allowed to air a movie on TV during the Democratic Presidential primaries. According to James Bopp, an Indiana based lawyer, this particular movie was nothing but a concept to show that Clinton was a remorseless political plotter as well as a European socialist. The three-judge panel felt that Bopp’s argument was baseless and disposed of the case.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) firmly believed that the film violated the primary season regulations and guidelines. The commission argued that the 90-minute movie about Clinton couldn’t be aired during that period. Besides, the film shouldn’t be advertised at all cost, since after all, it didn’t declare who would receive payments for it. However, James Bopp felt that the film creators were not given a First Amendment Protection as the movie was not different from what one would watch on 60 minutes film. Two years later, the Supreme Court reversed the judicial rulings, a move that sided with many of Bopp’s arguments. As a result, many of the campaign-finance laws were wiped out.
However, not long ago, the nonprofit organization hit the headlines again with some good news. For a period now, End Citizens United has been supporting the Democrats elected to the Congress. Therefore, the organization established a campaign to have more Democrats joining the parliament. Not long ago, the group announced to have collected about $4 million supposed to support the new campaign. The raised amount was a collection from the first three months of 2017. While establishing the campaign, the organization had promised to raise more than $35 million the next midterm elections for the Congress, scheduled to take place before 2018 midterm.
The campaign had attracted the attention of big platforms such as the USA TODAY. USA TODAY revealed that the $35 million would be an addition to existing $25 million in the organization’s savings. The group firmly believes that after achieving the target, it will be in a position to bring more Democratic candidates to the Congress.
According to the agency’s top officials, the raised funds will bring more Democratic candidates into the congress that will assist in the creation of enabling the environment to amend the Constitution. As a result, it will be much easier to reverse the Supreme Court decision about the sources of campaign funds. According to End Citizens United, the ruling which supported Citizens United arguments is likely to bring dirty money into politics through PACs.