Who Is the Man Behind Citizens United and Why Must It Be Ended?

End Citizens United is a well known and influential political activist group that has set out to end the Supreme Court decision called Citizens United. However, why was it started? What is Citizens United, anyway? Why are they so opposed to the Citizens United ruling? We will go into a brief history of what Citizens United is all about and who the lawyer behind it is.

Citizens United was the original name of small nonprofit who opposed Hillary Clinton during the election of 2008. They wanted to air a film that lasted ninety minutes long. The Federal Elections Committee said that they could not air the ad. After all, they said, the film was as anti-Hillary ad and tried to convince people not to vote for her. It was, thus, a political ad. However, it did not disclose who paid for the ad. Therefore, it did not follow the rules for political ads. However, two years later, a judge ruled that it was okay to run the film. In the end, more and more people are able to donate money to political campaigns and for political ads and they do not have to reveal who they are. Nor do organizations have to reveal who gives them funding. The result is a sort of Wild West where secret rich people can control politicians by donating to their campaigns in exchange for political favors and legislation that would help out their business.

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The lawyer who argued for Citizens United is called James Bopp. He is a well known lawyer. He litigated some famous cases. However, in Citizens United, he managed to allow politicians to take the power away from the people and give it over to businesspeople with special interests who do not have the best for our country in their minds. He has also argued even further than the original Citizens United case. He has argued that signers of petitions and people who donate money to political campaigns should always be allowed to remain anonymous. The truth is, he is just starting and wants to further push for such laws.

End Citizens United is opposed to all this. They believe that if such laws are allowed to take effect, then people will lose the power they have in the democracy. Instead, politicians will be beholden to special interests who remain secretive about their real agendas. That is why they are working so hard to overturn the Citizens United ruling. That is also why they are raising so much money in order to support politicians who support ending Citizens United. They raised over four million dollars in this year alone. They are expected to raise over thirty five million dollars before the midterm elections next year.

Visit endcitizensunited.org for more information about the organization.

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