We can look at a specific point in time to know when the United States government quit being for the people and started being for the highest bidder. It was 2010 when James Bopp and the conservative team at Citizens United approached the Supreme Court in order to argue for looser campaign financing restrictions. Bopp’s goal was simple: he wanted to unleash the billionaire Koch brothers upon the GOP fundraising platform in order to buy their way to influence. Somehow, in some way, Bopp was successful. Citizens United succeeded and the political world, and thus America, would never be the same again.
James Bopp is a lawyer who continues to push and advocate for looser campaign financing laws. He has argued and appeared several different times for a variety of different reasons though they ostensibly all tie back to campaign financing. We can look at how Bopp approached the Federal Exchange Commission in order to argue that his anti-Clinton smear film, “Hillary: The Movie”, should be allowed to run in concert with the Democratic Primaries. The FEC literally laughed him out of the court but his damage dealing was only just beginning. Now, a decade after this meeting Citizens United stands tall as one of the greatest existential threats seeking to undo American democracy. It must be stopped and there is a group working hard to ensure that it is.
End Citizens United is another political action committee in Washington D.C. that is seeking to bring about a special kind of change. Led by Tiffany Muller, the President of the PAC, End Citizens United is focusing on putting infrastructure in place to end the ruling made in the Citizens United case at the Supreme Court. Muller knows that this is an uphill battle that will require a ton of hard work, financial backing, and legislators willing to come out and make a difference. The uphill battle hasn’t stopped them and we don’t anticipate that it will.
In order for End Citizens United to become the success that Muller dreams it one day will be people will need to come out in support via a grassroots effort. Since the election of President Donald Trump the people have been lining up to help subvert his expectations. This has led to nearly 100,000 donations to End Citizens United within the very first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year. These donations amounted to a stunning $4 million with the majority of them being worth just under $12. This is a movement for the people and by the people with the sole goal of helping people regain their voice in the wider political world. End Citizens United believes in the rights of people, not power.
Find more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/