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James Bopp; The Mind Behind End Citizens United

James Bopp is the attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana who was hired by Citizens United to represent them in court. The petition in the case was the client seeking permission to air Hillary, the movie during the Democratic presidential primaries on-demand TV. Mr. Bopp got laughed out of court failing in the case before the federal three-judge panel. The reason Citizens United was denied the permit was because it could give the financier who paid for the 90-minute campaign ad. James Bopp, however, had a different approach concerning the case. His argument was the ad was not very much different from the ordinary 60-minute ads. He also stated that the creators of the movie deserved First Amendment Protections. The disgracing moment was when Royce Lamberth the US District Court Judge laughed out loud asking if Mr. Bopp had read the transcript of the movie not knowing that two years later his ruling would be reversed by the supreme court in favor of James Bopp.

It was later decided that campaign spending was only a formula of speech and should thus be protected by First Amendment which was later extended to corporations by the Citizens United. Citizens United was a finale of all the efforts of James Bopp to do away with the nation’s campaign finance regulations. He has ever since been dedicated to pursue challenges and help in dismantling every face of campaign-finance regulation. The political action committee that was focused on driving huge amounts of money from politics is now generating more money of its own.

During the first three months of 2017, End Citizens United collected an amount exceeding $4 million, and it is set to raise the amount to $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. That figure would depict a surge from the $25 million the PAC took in the election in 2016. Electing campaign-finance reform champions into the congress is the main agenda of this action group. The PAC’s president Tiffany Muller stated that during the first quarter of the year, 100000 people contributed of which 40000 were first-time givers. To sum the total contribution the amount that was received by End Citizens United PAC this year exceeded $12 million. The best way according to them was using big checks to get the system that rigged them. The Democrats were Furthermore agitated by the win of Donald Trump, and furthermore, the selection he made including his Supreme Court pick Judge Neil Gorsuch. Muller added to it that the committee was still examining the races to determine which it will be party to in 2018. It was however very clear that they will have a hand in defending the Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and John Tester of the Montana in 2018.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about End Citizens United.

The Way End Citizens United is changing the Political Field

According to Mother Jones blog post, James Bopp was laughed out of court in the year 2008. The lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana had appeared before a three judge panel in Washington to argue that End Citizen United should be granted the permission to air Hillary: The Movie, as the Democratic presidential primaries were on going. The aim of Citizens United, as they were producing the film, was to show that Hillary Clinton was a European socialist. The movie featured Ann Coulter and Kathleen Willey. Citizens United has been banned from airing the film by the Federal Election Commission. They claimed that the movie was just a 90-minute campaign that did not show the one who had paid for it.

Two years later, the Supreme Court reversed the ruling that has been given by Lamberth, and no one was laughing anymore. The Supreme Court used most of the arguments that James Bopp had given. This led to the wiping out of about 100 years of finance law campaign that was a precedent. The court ruled that the First Amendment rights of corporations were the same as that of the average voter. Reformers now see that Bopp is using his clients to broaden those loopholes that usually benefit the wealthy corporations and their political allies. His clients are small organizations that are driven by a mission.

End Citizens United had collected more than 4 million dollars in the first three months of 2017. The body sees that it will be able to raise a total of 35 million dollars before the Congressional midterm elections that happen in 2018. This would be a significant increase from the amount that PAC was able to collect in the elections that occurred in 2016.

In the first quarter of the year 2017, around 10 thousand individuals had given some contributions to PAC. Out of that, 40 thousand were making this contribution for the first time. This is the information that Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of PAC, gave. The leaders of PAC say that their primary aim to ensure that the people who are elected to congress are reform champions for Campaign Finance.

In the recent past, the political action committee has asked the contributors to donate five hundred thousand dollars to the campaign of Jon Ossoff for congress. This was the first time for Ossoff to be a political candidate. He shocked the organization by raising more than four million dollars for the special election where he was to fill a Republican House seat that was vacant.

End Citizens United works like the traditional PAC. The organization cannot accept to get more than 5 thousand dollars as a donation just from one individual. In 2016 the fundraising they had was able to take it to the top ranks of the groups, spending in the elections, which are Democratic-aligned.