The Citizens United verdict of the Supreme Court in 2010 was a major setback for the fair and transparent electioneering system of the country. It was orchestrated by the leading counsel and Republican Party National Committee member, James Bopp. He was utilizing the case of a small non-profit group with conservative views named Citizens United to change the fate of the election financing laws.
Shockingly, the ruling of the Supreme Court rewrote the campaign-finance law that was fundamental for more than 100 years. Also, the ruling extended the first Amendment Rights to corporations as well. Additionally, the Court called the corporations as “persons” by stating that the corporations are similar to ordinary voters and restricting them from funding to defeat a particular candidate is unconstitutional.
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Similarly, James Bopp has used obscure cases to change the election campaigning finance regulations. Interestingly, he was challenging both federal and state campaign-finance laws. Surprisingly, Bopp uses small, mostly, non-profit organizations to expand the loopholes in the law to rewrite the campaigning law in favor of corporations and other pressure groups. Quite annoyingly, the interventions of Bopp has given the corporations the rights to spend unlimited, without any disclosure, in the election campaigning and political party funding. This implied that the wealthy and powerful could buy the elections for their interests. Bopp also appeared for many significant cases including anti-gay marriage petition disclosure in Washington DC, douche-bag case, and more.
End Citizens United, a PAC formed in 2015 to resist the ill effects Citizens United verdict, is getting massive support in the recent years. Per the latest information, the group could collect $4 million in the first quarter of 2017. Interestingly, the PAC plans to raise at least $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections. It should be noted that more than 100,000 individuals contributed during the period, of which 40,000 were first-time donors, confirmed the executive director of the PAC, Tiffany Muller. By raising the amount, the PAC hopes to send as many campaign reform champions as possible to the Congress.
Muller additionally stated that the average contribution per person stood at $12 during the period. She continued that its vast majority of donors felt that the system rigged against them, and people who could donate larger amount have better say. In a mission to support liberal and campaign reform candidates, the PAC urged its supporters to contribute $500,000 to the Democratic candidate for Georgia, Jon Ossoff. Muller also confirmed that the PAC would defend some Democratic senators including Sherrod Brown from Ohio and Jon Tester from Montana, in the midterm elections next year. Interestingly, the PAC has capped its contribution limit to $5,000 per individual; however, the growing mass support is making it as one of the biggest PAC in the country.