The conservatives are ramping up their efforts to remove the remaining restrictions of the campaign finance laws. A number of blows they could make to the election system that affected the credibility of the democracy of the country post-Citizens United verdict in the year 2010 by the honorable Supreme Court of the country. Though the criticism of accessibility by foreign institutions into the political system is shaking the American politics, Republicans are not found to be worried about the endangered election system. Further, they wanted to extend it and started working to weaken Johnson Amendment. President Trump has signed the executive order that gives access to organizations like churches to take part in political campaigns – it was earlier forbidden by 501(c)(3) of Johnson Amendment.
When this much money is McConnell-linked, Rove-allied & undisclosed, alarms should go off immediately. https://t.co/1j5AJqX6iQ
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) November 22, 2017
As a leading PAC that fights against uncontrolled money into politics, End Citizens United expressed their protest against stripping the Amendment on August 30, this year. ECU’s Tiffany Muller points out the threat that it would help large money groups to use churches as tools for secret funding. Additionally, they can ensure tax-free money to political campaigns as money to churches are coming under tax exemption. When the Amendment was introduced in 1954, it was widely criticized and labeled as communist propaganda. But, later it created a clean system, and churches did not find issues with the regulations. The Amendment was not meant to restrict churches from political campaigning but to stop money group to funnel their money through churches. Visit Huffingtonpost.com to know more.
By removing the purity of the Amendment, conservatives want the system more rigged. ECU started its works for protecting the Johnson Amendment as it also feels that it would remove the separation line between the state and church. Even if the bill could not damage Johnson Amendment, ECU thinks that the right groups would try to damage it in other ways. Therefore, the PAC asks everyone to support the mission to protect Johnson Amendment to save their democracy. End Citizens United was created in 2015 to protect the blow given by the Citizens United verdict to the election system.
The PAC has conducted various campaigns among the people to educate the dangers associated with the Citizens United verdict. Interestingly, a large section of people is now aware that the system has destabilized them and rally behind ECU. The PAC has vowed to bring legislation to curtail the effects of the verdict by the Supreme Court in 2010. ECU wants to send maximum campaign law reformers to both the houses to pass the legislation. For that purpose, it started raising funds, supporting finance reform champions, mobilizing grass root campaigners, raising campaigns through media outlets, and more. It also reaches out the citizens through social media to educate the need of raising voice against Citizens United verdict.