How James Bopp Inspired End Citizens United

End Citizens United is a political action committee that is going to be getting more and more attention during the presidency of Donald Trump. End Citizens United was established by Tiffany Muller in response to the disastrous Supreme Court ruling in 2010 in relation to a conservative group named Citizens United.

Citizens United is a conservative group that lobbied extensively for the right to loosen the regulations surrounding campaign financing. If you’ve heard any politician speak lately you’ll likely hear them reference campaign finance reform. This, in essence, is what they are talking about. Let’s take a closer look at the man who created Citizens United as well as the group opposed to his work.

They ear was 2008 and James Bopp was standing in court. He was trying to argue against a Federal panel that he should be allowed to air his political hit piece, “Hillary: The Movie”, during the Democratic primary debates featuring Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. His goal was simple: to slander Clinton using loopholes in order to not have to label the film a piece of campaign work. The federal court literally laughed and ended up kicking him out of court. “Hillary: The Movie” was an unabashed hit piece that was trying to masquerade as authentic in order to circumvent the law.

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The courts weren’t laughing in 2010. James Bopp returned to courtroom, as a lawyer himself, and argued up the chain of command until he reached the Supreme Court. His goal was simple: he wanted to subvert the rules surrounding campaigns and financing and he was willing to do anything in order to make it happen. Bopp somehow had his 2008 decision overruled by the Supreme Court, thus inscribing Citizens United vs FEC into the history books forever. It is not a coincidence that the level of political discourse over the past seven years has sharply tanked. This was Bopp’s goal all along.

Now, with the election of Donald Trump — a reality star — to the highest office on the planet there has been a renewed focus on undoing the damage done by the Citizens United ruling. This brings us to End Citizens United. End Citizens United was founded by Muller as a PAC in order to raise funds and awareness while propping up political candidates who are willing to fight against the 2010 Supreme Court decision. Muller knows how important her work is, especially in the wake of Trump’s election, and that has brought more people out than ever before.

Through just the first quarter of 2017 End Citizens United has seen an invigorated fundraising improvement. People are reportedly “furious” that Trump was elected and are willing to fight with their wallets in order to stop something like that from ever happening again.

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