James Bopp is a lawyer who believes that those who donate to political campaigns and causes should not be so heavily burdened by arcane campaign finance laws. He started his mission back in 2008, when he argued before a court that the movie “Hillary; The Movie” should have the legal right to air during the campaign season. At that time, the judges disagreed and threw his case out of court.
Fast forward to two years later and the United States Supreme Court actually reversed the original decision and started upholding and adopting some of his arguments about campaign finance law. This is when the Supreme Court rules that corporations qualify as people and have equal protection under the First Amendment. His group is called Citizens United and they achieved their goal of dismantling laws against giant corporations having unfair leverage during the nation’s elections.
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Now, however, there is a new PAC in town that is raising money to counter those efforts and so far, they are doing very well towards that end. The group is called End Citizens United and they are seeking to upend Bopp’s political machine. The PAC is grassroots in nature, meaning they are completely volunteer driven. In fact, their average donation amount is only $12. However, they have raised $4 million during the first quarter of this year. They have projections of being able to raise a minimum of $35 million over the course of the entire year.
Most of the donations come from average citizens, people who are outraged about the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election and feel that the system is weighed heavily in favor of those who can write the biggest checks. By banding together and making each small donation count, they seek to have a balance of power in the political spectrum. A balance where even the “littlest” of citizens has just as big a say as a huge corporation or as a donor with the deepest of pockets. With all of this money being raised to counter the efforts of conservatives in the 2018 mid-terms, there is no telling what will happen. Only one thing is for certain, the PAC End Citizens United will be a major player for years to come.