End Citizens United is a political action committee that was developed for the sole purpose of putting legislators in place to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court’s decision regarding Citizens United and the problem of dark money in politics. Citizens United is a conservative group that is led by lawyer James Bopp. Their goal, and sole endeavor it seems, is to strip away the key regulations that allow Washington D.C. to stay separated from special interests. With the election of Donald Trump more people than ever are looking for ways to stop money from corrupting politics. Let’s dig into the story of Citizens United, the work of End Citizens United, and the man at the center of it all — James Bopp.
The man at the center of the special interests/corporate money flooding into the United States government wouldn’t get a second glance on the street. James Bopp is quiet and relatively unassuming with a calm demeanor, wispy straw colored hair, and a pair of wide lens glasses. Despite his relatively regular appearance he is someone who has fought teeth and nails in order to strip the regulations that keep Washington D.C. protected from the flooding in of special interests. Bopp’s work with the conservative think tank Citizens United has made him something off a legend to America’s right wing. However to the rest of America he is more of a harbinger of doom, the bringer of huge money into politics.
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Bopp argued in 2010 before the Supreme Court and he used crafty laws in order to make his point: corporations were people and spending money was ‘free speech’. His argument carried on to say that corporations should be allowed to spend as much money as they want in order to fund campaigns. The Supreme Court shockingly listened and before long the historic Citizens United decision was passed. Since then the United States government has been on a downward trend with bipartisan support tanking and more politicians holding their hand out to big paydays.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that was created with the sole intent of dismantling the Supreme Court decision related to Citizens United. End Citizens United knows that filing a constitutional amendment that has a chance to pass is a longshot on even the best of days, but with Washington D.C. so split by in-fighting it has become even more difficult. Tiffany Muller, president at the PAC, has worked hard to develop a grassroots fundraising effort in order to help their job out.
Through the first sector of 2017, End Citizens United has managed to rack up nearly $4 million in donations. End Citizens United is focused on raising a total of $35 million before the 2018 Congressional Elections.