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The End Citizens United Organization Is Helping America To Maintain The Proper Separation Of Church And State

Since 1954, U.S. tax code provisions have prohibited all tax-exempt, 501 non-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates, and publicly taking part in political campaigns. In a recent Gazette Day article, the author explains how the vital grassroots organization known as End Citizens United is working hard to maintain the important separation of church and state in America.

As stated in the Gazette Day article, former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was still a Texas U.S. Senator in 1954, when he introduced an amendment to Congress that would help to ensure that non-profit organizations would not have unfair influence in American politics.

Unfortunately, the current presidential administration is trying to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, an action that could destroy the free, democratic fabric of the United States. If the amendment were repealed, it is widely believed that conservative groups would be unfairly using financial donations to churches and charities to create platforms for their political views.

The End Citizens United non-profit organization was founded in 2015, in response to a disappointing U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a right-wing group named Citizens United. In the 2010 decision that was handed down, it was ruled that corporations possess the same freedom of speech rights as individuals. This decision made it easier for dark money to be channeled to various political groups.

The original goal for the End Citizens United organization was to have the 2010 decision overturned, but now it is also focusing on keeping the Johnson Amendment in place.

According to the aforementioned article, the current President told his supporters on the presidential campaign trail that he would repeal the Johnson Amendment after being elected. The President even issued an executive order earlier this year wherein enforcement of the amendment by the IRS was made less of a priority.

With more than $119 billion donated to religious organizations by American citizens in 2015, it is widely feared that if the Johnson Amendment were to be repealed, conservative groups would receive money that was channeled through the religious organizations.

It is good to know that there are caring, conscientious Americans like the members of End Citizens United, who are willing to work hard at maintain democracy. End Citizens United also has an active social media presence, with many followers. For more information on End Citizens United Rushes to Protect Besieged Johnson Amendment visit:https://gazetteday.com/2017/11/end-citizens-united-rushes-to-protect-besieged-johnson-amendment/

 

Jonathan Veitch President of Occidental College in LA

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959 and resides in the Los Angeles area. He is currently the president of the prestigious Occidental College in LA, where he has been for the past six years. He was elected president of the campus in July 2009, following provisional president Robert Skotheim. The college had had a difficult time and changed leadership many times before Veitch took the helm. Previously he was a professor at the “University of Wisconsin.” Though he gained recognition for being a major influence at a fabulous institution, he also achieved some notoriety from writing the book “American Superrealism.” His goal was to change things at the college, including the improvement of relations and expanding the campus to be able to accommodate more students.

Destined for greatness, he got his first degree from Stanford University. After his undergraduate degree, he went on to further his education, by receiving a doctorate from Harvard in American Civilization. Because he holds both degrees in history and literature, his goal has always been to focus on the expansion of the campus body and their liberal arts program. He has achieved major success in the short six years that he has been in this position. The student body has increased more than 1,300 students, but there is no expansion plan at this time. Due to funding cuts and rough economic times, expansion will be delayed.

The prestigious position he obtained was not by luck. Not only has he worked hard, but he also comes from a prominent family in the LA area. His step-grandfather is Alan Ladd, the famous actor. His father, John Veitch, is the President of Columbia Pictures. Though he worked hard to obtain his stance in life, he also had the help of a prominent family to assist.

He took a brief sabbatical from his position as dean so that he and his family could move into the presidential home on campus. He and his wife Sarah have 3 children together. His plans are to be in this home for the next decade. With his recent celebration of turning 50 years old, and his move, things are continuing to look up for the dedicated career man.

The future of the college is at his control. He is not just another president; he has put his heart and soul into his work here. He has a personal interest in the college and has vested much time and effort. He had a brief role as president at the New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City. This gave him the foundation he needed to go on to bigger and better things at Occidental College.