Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling of 2010that recognized corporations and unions as individuals, the American political landscape has gone through a lot of changes.More money has found its way into American politics than ever before. Various Super PACs have benefited from this money and are now using it to repeal the 1954Johnson Amendment and allow religious money in politics.
President Trump’s government is determined to change this law though a tax bill. Conservatives are afraid that such a move will give room for secret groups to use churches to finance politics. Churches have strong financial muscles as the 2015 figures show that they received about $119 billion. This is a significant amount considering that America’s most expensive election cost approximately $6.5 billion. A change in the Johnson Amendment will give the wealthy more influence in politics.
Despite the critical role that this law plays in ensuring level playing field for all politicians, few people are aware of it. The American Constitution provides for a separation between the government and religion. A 2017 study by Pew Research Center showed that only 66 of Americans feel “uncomfortable” when politics is involved in faith. However, this can be blamed on lack of information on the importance of separating the two powers.
Role of End Citizens United in Saving Johnson Amendment
End Citizens United is a group that was formedto support candidates promising to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling that allowed corporations and unions to finance political parties and their candidates. Currently, the group is very determined to save the Johnson Amendment by working with other groups that don’t support achange to thisvital law. A repeal of this bill would allow big spending in campaigns and thereby affect the fairness of the American political system.
Origin of Johnson Amendment
During the American Senate elections of 1954, various religious groups targeted Texas Democratic candidate Lyndon Baines Johnson and labeled him a communist. John was angered by the use of money from tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations in politics. Johnson Act became law in 1954 and prohibits these groups from using their money to support or oppose candidates during elections.
About End Citizens United
ECU is an American political action committee (PAC) working towards the overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V. Federal Election Commissioncase.The organization provides financial support to candidates who promise to support their call to reverse this decision.
On October 25, 2017, ECU produced a list of ten Democratic Party candidates vying against the incumbents. This will allow them to rid of the Congress big-money-backed politicians. The group is planning to raise $35 million for the next year’s election cycle.
ECU is present in social media where it communicates with its supporters on various issues taking place in the country. They are present on Twitter and Facebook. Their fans get an opportunity to interact with them too. Learn more:http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality