End Citizens United has been fighting hard to reverse the court ruling that lead to the creation of super PAC, a move the organization claims has enabled the flow of dirty money into political campaigns. In its second year of operation, End Citizens United has made significant steps through improving the number of lawmakers in support of its constitutional amendment agenda. Citizen United remains one of the organization’s main opponents. James Bopp, a white-haired Indiana lawyer, has been representing Citizens United in court. The lawyer first rose into fame in 2008 when he tried to fight for the organization to air a film known as Hillary: The Movie. Through the movie, the lawyer sought to show that the politician (Hillary) was a ‘European Socialist’ and was not fit to become the president of the United States. He won the case.
After two years, Citizens United won a Supreme Court ruling that reversed the 100-year-old Lamberth ruling on election finance. The court ruled that corporations had the same First Amendment rights as average voters. To this end, they are free to participate in the support or defeat of candidates. This move allowed for the inflow of money into campaigns, funding that was traditionally considered unconstitutional. At 63 years, Bopp has continued to fight against any campaign-finance regulation. Organizations such as End Citizens United have been created to specifically handle the threat created by Bopp and his organization. James Bopp holds a degree in economic chemistry from the Indiana University. He comes from a family of doctors.
End Citizens United has embarked in a strong campaign against Citizens United, its leader, and their activities. These efforts can be seen by the improved campaigns done by the organizations. The group started the year with strong funding campaigns that saw them raise over $4 million in just three months of the campaign. The money is a portion of the $35 million that the group aims to raise before the midterm elections that are scheduled for 2018. Over 100,000 donors across the United States donated the money. Out of this number, 40,000 were first time donors to the group. According to the group, the money will be used to fund the organization’s operations and democratic candidates to both the Congress and Senate.
Contrary to Citizens United’s open arm to all donations, End Citizens United limits the amount of money that donors can contribute. They are limited to donating a maximum of $5000 each. Notably, End Citizens United does not accept funds from corporations. These limits ensure that the group is true to its cause. In the last elections, the group raised $25 million that was used to fund several candidates, who were supporting their cause, to the Congress and Senate. The group is confident that with time, it will be able to raise the number of supporters of its cause to undertake a constitutional amendment on campaign-finance in both houses.