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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 Taking Action To Keep Politics Out Of Churches

Far-right political groups in the United States continue to play insidious games with campaign finance rules that have played an important part in keeping American political races fair and honest.

Among the latest targets of the Trump Administration and Republican hardliners is something called the Johnson Amendment, named for former President Lyndon Johnson who championed the rule while serving in the U.S. Senate.

The Johnson Amendment has been a provision in the U.S. Tax Code since 1954, and has never been controversial until just recently.

 

Basically, the Johnson Amendment prohibits all tax-exempt, non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing any political candidate. The rule is mostly designed to keep church and religious organizations out of politics. Under the Johnson Amendment, preachers cannot “preach from the pulpit” in favor of or opposed to any candidate.

The rule has become an integral element supporting the deep American tradition of separation of church and state.

But now many groups – mostly right-wing, conservative Republican forces – want the Johnson Amendment scrapped so that churches across America can get deeply involved in influencing the voting habits of their “flocks.”

A group called End Citizens United (ECU) is aggressively fighting to keep the Johnson Amendment in place. ECU is a political action committee (PAC) formed in 2015 in direct reaction to a 2010 Supreme Court Ruling that came to be known and Citizens United.

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling basically opened the floodgates that allowed massive corporations and private billionaires to donate as much campaign money as they wanted to the candidate of their choice. Furthermore, the new ruling said that no candidate or party had to report just where the money was coming from – in other words, unlimited amounts of “dark money” was made legal.

Under the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, corporations were granted the same status as “people” and money was deemed to be “free speech.” The result of this disastrous decision is that the average American voter has become increasingly disenfranchised from the American political system.

End Citizens United has a primary goal of someday reversing the 2010 Supreme Court ruling by passing a Constitutional Amendment that will nullify its effect. However, ECU is also fighting bad campaign finance actions on many other fronts – one of which is the new attack from political right-wing groups on the Johnson Amendment.

The ECU has also been aggressively fundraising on a grassroots level to support candidates who also oppose the 2010 Supreme Court decision. Those candidates tend to be Democrats.

The ECU is on track to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle. It has done so by garnering hundreds of thousands of small donations averaging just $14 from concerned American citizens who are sick and tired of seeing U.S. elections bought and sold by wealthy elites. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United

 

Trump Buys Support for His Campaign

Did anyone else wonder how Donald Trump managed to get a crowd full of supporters during his presidential announcement this last week? Well, it turns out the majority of the people in the audience were paid actors. Trump put his vast amounts of money to good use and paid actors $50 to attend the announcement and cheer on the start of his 2016 campaign.

Although Trump has not come out publicly to the admit or deny the allegations, phone calls to casting company that sent emails out to actors about the job were not returned. It seems Trump’s campaign is trying to keep silent and hope the story loses steam in the media. FreedomPop asks with so many actors being paid, it seems unlikely that a few will not publicly make comments about the compensation they received. As an unseasoned politician, Trump’s campaign has already started with a major snafu.

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