The 2017 Republican-backed effort to reform the tax code of the U.S. has been widely criticized by Democrats and the members of End Citizens United but a closer look at the Bill reveals much more serious issues in its many clauses. One of the aspects of the Bill which has caused the greatest concern for End Citizens United is the changes proposed to one of the least controversial add-ons’s ever passed by Congress; the Johnson Amendment was introduced by future President Lyndon B. Johnson when he was still a Senator and limited the political actions of many charitable groups including Churches.
End Citizens United has questioned both the legality and reasons behind the proposed changes to the Johnson Amendment as this measure passed into law in 1954 with little opposition from either party. The overall aim of the Johnson Amendment was to limit the movement of dark money into the election cycle from political donors using churches as a cover for their political aims. The response of End Citizens United to the Republican Tax Reform Bill was to question the reasons why Churches would be exempt from the regulations of the Johnson Amendment which would allow political donors to class any contributions to campaigns made through a Church as a tax write-off.
Established in 2015, End Citizens United has grown to become one of the most important PAC’s in the nation for those who wish to limit the influence of political donors on U.S. election campaign finances. The group refuses to take on Super PAC status as it would allow unlimited donations to be made to the group by major donors who would wish to influence the direction the group takes in the future.
As a political campaign group, End Citizens United wishes to assist as many candidates to gain office as possible who are friendly to the cause of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. The effort to reverse this decision would require support at national and state level which is why End Citizens United is hoping to raise around $35 million in campaign funds for the 2018 Midterm election cycle.
Alongside the growing number of supporters backing End Citizens United, the group is also attracting the support of many Democrat politicians who are backing the cause of overturning Citizens United. Perhaps the most high-profile candidate backed by the APC was Hillary Clinton in her quest to win The White House during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election; End Citizens United has also pledged its support for Senator Elizabeth Warren in the 2018 election cycle.