— Steve Sebelius (@SteveSebelius) December 5, 2017
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 If the amendment were repealed, it is widely believed that conservative groups would be unfairly using financial donations to churches and charities to create platforms for their political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to religious organizations by American citizens in 2015, it is widely feared that if the Johnson Amendment were to be repealed, conservative groups would receive money that was channeled through the religious organizations.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/