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End Citizens United Fight To Halt Churches Becominig Political Entities


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.

Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United

 

End Citizens United Accumulates Voice for Election Campaign Reforms

End Citizens United, a well-known PAC for its fight against grey big money donors in politics, accumulates voice for election campaign reforms in the recent days. The PAC is significantly improving  mass support as many Americans are aware of the imminent threat to their election process and purity of their democracy. Recently, ECU decided to promote the Senate nominee for Alabama, Doug Jones from Democratic Party in the upcoming Dec. 12 special election. Jones clashes with Roy Moore, who is found to be an extremist and showed bigoted and racist agenda in the past. ECU warned that Moore is not representing the views of Alabamians and found to be in favor of the rigged and corrupted system of Washington.

Interestingly, ECU executive President, Tiffany Muller, states the radical agenda of Moore does not have a place in the Senate. She continued that such extreme ideologies are against the values of Alabama as well as the country. Moore has repeatedly failed to address the needs and expectations of Alabamians and paid $1 million to his wife in the past from a charity he controlled. Contrary to that, Jones is known for his integrity and commitment to the dignity of constitution. While he was serving as an attorney, Jones proved that he is a tough prosecutor who stood for speaking and fighting for truth against all the odds. ECU hopes that he would continue his fights against rigging system in the House to ensure fair election process for all Americans.

Tiffany Muller joined with Democratic Representative, Jim McGovern, and explained how vulnerable the election system after the Citizens United verdict in 2010. They say that it is already identified the external forces could intervene the election process of the country by the 2016 Presidential election. The Russia meddling has created a bigger impact in the election, and the investigation team has already found that a Russian troll farm spent $100,000 for a digital ad campaign on Facebook during the election to change it in favor of Donald Trump. Many independent analysts see it as a beginning, and the current campaign finance laws are making the situation more vulnerable. It has also become extremely difficult to trace such interventions and spending considering the weak campaign laws.

It is widely accepted that the loopholes in the system make way for money groups and foreign elements. There are many other examples of similar incidents in the past that revealed the foreign big money donors or corporations are playing with the U.S. election system. End Citizens United is planning to elect a significant number of members for both the Houses to make a constitution amendment for a new, rigid, and highly regulated election finance law to avoid fringe elements. The PAC is also educating the everyday Americans the need for such a constitution amendment through various campaigns, including social media.

For more info: www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00573261

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