A political action committee founded in 2015, End Citizen United is an organization working to reverse the Supreme Court decision of 2010 that deregulated private expenditure on specific candidates. It aims to drive big money out of politics by contributing and funding the election of campaign finance reforms champions into the Congress. It has endorsed many Democratic candidates and was the most significant outside group to help elect Senate races. It raises its money from grass root donations and aims to see pro-reforms leaders selected.
In 2010, the Supreme Court had made a ruling to allow Citizens United organization to fund elections which created a loophole in that big money with untraceable origin was in use. End Citizens United supports all candidates who are pro-reforms whether Republican or independent, but it is evident that so far it has only endorsed and backed democrat candidates.
According to Amanda Marcotte, the Republican tax bill aims to slash tax from corporations and the rich and let the rest of the country pay for them. She further argues that the legislation seeks to dismantle the Johnson Amendment which prevented churches and charity organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army from endorsing candidates. By engaging in politics, these institutions could lose their tax exemption status. The tax bill was also going to alter the integrity of elections and all tax-exempt organizations.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 8, 2017
Adam Bozzie of End Citizens United says that this bill would create loopholes in that big donors who would like to give money through the back door would go through churches, and the pastors would endorse a particular candidate and thus participating in elections. He further argues that the tax-exempt status of such organizations would make it worse because any billionaire who funneled his spending through such an institution would then turn around and claim that donation in a tax write off. It is so because money given to a pastor for an endorsement wouldn’t look different in writing from money given to the church for a good cause. End Citizens United is against this because it threatens the institution’s charity mission and integrity in that it may end up bending to the donor who spends a lot of money at the expense of a citizen who gives less in support of mission work.
The Federal Elections Commission further took a step to ensure that all election spending is made public, due to comments are drawn to it by End Citizens United and other good government organizations that also concerned. They also wrote about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections and the vast amounts spent on online advertisements which were unaccounted for. These claims should be taken seriously and strengthen disclosure rules of an election spending.
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