If the elections in the country are fuelled with an unlimited amount of money without any accountability, one can be sure that the future of the nation is doomed. It is what is happening in the United States, wherein 2010 the Supreme Court gave the judgment in the FEC vs. Citizens United case that unaccountable money can flow into the political election campaign. Such laws governing the elections have made it easier for the wealthy individuals as well as corporate houses to spend an infinite amount of money on the elections. It has the potential to influence the outcome of the elections and make the government that is formed after that to work in their favor.
The End Citizens United is a highly active and popular political action committee that is known to fight against the campaign finance rules that are being followed currently. The End Citizens United’s primary goal is to overturn the Supreme Court verdict in the case of FEC vs. Citizens United. It would help in making the campaign finance rules stricter and ensure more transparency so that people can know where the money is coming from and how much. At present, people cannot keep a tab on who is spending on the elections, and there are no set limits as well. It is natural that when a company spends millions on the election campaign of a political candidate and that candidate wins the election, his/her government would be inclined to favor the mega-donors.
The End Citizens United doesn’t accept huge donations from the corporations and is neither influenced by their money. The PAC is focused on collecting money from the everyday people and creating awareness across the country about the influence big corporations have on the government and the political parties. The use of big money during the elections has become rampant in the last few years, and it has crippled the integrity of the election process per se. The End Citizens United wants to ensure that the election campaigns are fair and transparent and that the money that flows into such campaigns is accountable. It would ensure that the people can trust the election campaign and that the candidates who win the elections have their priorities sorted as per the interest of the everyday people.
End Citizens United is also against the rollback of the Johnson Amendment as that would allow the big corporations and wealthy individuals to pump money into the elections through the churches and the charitable organizations. Such funneling of money through the churches can make it difficult for the people to trust the election process. It also cuts through the integrity of the churches and the charities, which otherwise should work without taking sides in the civilized society.
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.
In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, teamed up with Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, in order to introduce the Johnson Act into law. The Johnson Act has been one of the cornerstones of our separation of church and state in America and despite its original bipartisan support, the law has been put under fire by the more-than-slightly unhinged Trump-administration. With the Trump administration taking aim at one of the most respected and important laws on our books, groups like End Citizens United are beginning to march and conjure up support for the Johnson Amendment. Check more on msnbc.com to know more.
End Citizens United is a political action committee, or PAC, that was established in order to help fight against the disastrous 2010 ruling regarding the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court that the strings of regulations surrounding lobbyists should be loosened. Inexplicably, the Supreme Court heard their case and approved it which many consider to be one of the largest turning points in the increasingly partisan United States government. While End Citizens United has been uniquely focused on getting rid of this disastrous ruling, by way of a constitutional amendment, PAC President Muller and the rest of her team are fully aware that other jobs are necessary. Of those other jobs, the task of defending the Johnson Amendment from the shocking attack by the right wing has made the list.
The Johnson Amendment has been one of the most integral laws on the books in keeping religion out of politics. Churches and other religious institutions are routinely given tax-free exemptions in order to help lessen the financial burden of their typically under-paid institutions. However, in accepting this tax-free exemption these religious institutions have also agreed, at least in writing, to refrain from political activity as an organization. The Johnson Act has routinely drawn the ire of the religious right but up until 2016, no politician has been willing to go to bat for their illegal desires. President Trump, however, is no typically politician and as a result he has signed an executive order demanding that the IRS stop pursuing cases against churches which break the Johnson Amendment’s ruling. For a supposed President of ‘law and order’ this is particularly distressing.
The Koch’s sphere of influence is expanding like a balloon.
What makes President Trump’s decision to flout the Johnson Amendment particularly alarming is that it sets precedent that we, as a country, can ignore the rules and laws that we disagree with. The United States of America was founded on the fundamental concept of separating church and state. End Citizens United has taken a particular interest in this case because it also has massive impact on the way that dark money comes into Washington D.C. With the problem of lobbyists already existing, can you imagine how much worse it would get if churches got in on the action? Visit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United
George Soros had been well known as one of the most important and political figures in the U.S. for a number of years prior to the 2004 Presidential election campaign that saw the vast majority of American’s become aware of his contributions to left leaning politics around the world. Over the course of the 2004 election campaign in the U.S. George Soros made a major splash by taking advantage of the relaxed rules on wealthy donors backing political campaigns to donate what Politico estimates at $27 million to the campaign of Democratic nominee John Kerry in his election battle against sitting President George W. Bush. In a similar way Soros saw the problems that were rising in the U.S. in 2016 that he saw parallels with in the campaign of Donald Trump to that headed by President George W. Bush in 2016. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
As a survivor of the Nazi Occupation of Hungary from 1943 to the end of World War II, George Soros understands how the rise of right wing rhetoric lends itself to the dangers of racism and leaders acting beyond legal controls. During the 2016 election campaign season George Soros made public his concerns about the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump and some of his fellow Republican candidates for the conservative nomination for the Presidency, going so far as to describe the words of Trump as doing the work of ISIS for the terrorist organization. Soros made clear his political dislike of Donald Trump on a number of occasions as he threw his financial backing behind Democrat Hillary Clinton to the tune of $25 million as he saw the election as being as important as that fought in 2004. Prior to the election of President Bush in 2004 Soros had raised concerns about the potential actions of the U.S. leader and the threat he posed to global peace, a statement he likened to the problems faced by the U.S. following the election of President Donald Trump.
Politico reports the battle to overcome the right wing was won by George Soros and his fellow donors to President Barrack Obama during the 2008 Presidential election cycle; however, Soros himself has not been above criticizing those with left leaning political values if he feels their campaign promises are not being kept. The 2012 reelection campaign of President Obama saw very little involvement by George Soros as he felt the liberal policies promised by the President and his advisors had not been followed through with as he took a middle ground approach to politics that Soros felt was not promised during an election cycle that resulted in Soros explain his regret in not backing Hillary Clinton for President as far back as 2008.
In politics, it would seem as if the Republican Party had the support of the billionaires throughout the world. But it turns out this wasn’t the case. Meet George Soros, a Hungarian-American, self-made billionaire who over the years has been a strong advocate of capitalism and of the values put down by the Democratic Party over the years. The self-made billionaire actually was an avid supporter of the Democratic ticket during the 2004 election. However, when George W. Bush won another term Soros seemed to back off of political matters in the United States, even though, there were causes in the Democratic party that he continued to fund and support.
When Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton threw her hat in the ring to become the 45th President of the United States, Soros who resides in New York the state where Mrs. Clinton was once a Senator and who is beloved by many, George Soros found that he could no longer stay quiet because of his great admiration for Secretary Clinton as a politician and as a person. So he went about donating 25 million dollars to her campaign to win the biggest off in the United States. In fact, Soros had hoped to attend the Democratic National Convention last September for the first time, but due to some business issue in Europe, he found that he was unable to do so. He would later donate an additional 27 million to her campaign as the Election Day grew nearer. Soros never wavered in his support of Secretary Clinton, and like so many others had high hopes that she would become the first female President of the United States. All signs seemed to point in that direction, including all exit polls and election analysis.
There is an old saying that holds true, “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”. In other words, as many others, Soros woke up on November 9,2016 to discover that it wasn’t Hillary Clinton that was the President-elect, but her main opponent Donald Trump. This was a crushing blow that some have had a hard time swallowing especially with the knowledge that Hillary won the popular vote by millions, yet Donald Trump managed to break out to get the key to winning a Presidential Election in America through the Electoral college.
So, how is George Soros handling this crushing blow? Well, he hasn’t really commented as of yet on how he feels over these results. But odds are this time he won’t go away quietly like he did back in 2004. After all, this is a man who grew up in a middle-class, Jewish family back in Budapest during the Nazi occupation, and in his 85 years on the planet has had to do more than his fair share of fighting back. So, like so many of the rest of us I am sure this time George Soros won’t quit; he is down but he is not out. Perhaps this is a type of spirit that so many of us need to have right now, no matter what life may throw at us; keep on fighting, this is what George Soros has always done and let’s hope that he can encourage many others to do the same.