End Citizens United And The Fight Against Campaign Financing

Money talks. Money can move things. Money can influence, and money can change, reform, adapt, enforce and implement. Money can even scream. In the case of the Citizens United case, money still talks because the Federal Election Commission ruling said that the move of James Bopp about campaign financing still showed how the money used to support campaigns is a form of speech and so protected by the Constitution. It is now the basis of the law in campaign funding.

Two years before the ruling to accept funding as a form of speech, news site Mother Jones reported that Mr. James Bopp was laughed out of court because of his push to let the movie Hillary: The Movie, a film meant to diminish the reputation of the Presidential candidate, be aired on public TV. Right now the Supreme Court has already reversed the ruling and now used Bopp’s arguments to make a precedent in the new way that the financing gets designed.

The Fight Against The Ruling

Because of the said changes in the decision, the End Citizens United was born. The organization is a grassroots-fuelled organization that wants to amend the judgment so there’s no more influence from the money donated by people just to distribute propaganda that may strongly influence an electoral decision.

End Citizens United was born out of the need to fight the ruling in 2010 that corporations are people and so making these businesses break into the elections and influence its outcomes with the power of their money. The interests of multinational companies are the center focus of the move to fight Citizens United, and with the existence of End Citizens United, the fight for the freedom to not be influenced by money in elections has finally found its central advocate.

In the report from USA Today, more than $4 million has been hauled over by the group of grassroots organizations, individuals, and other concerned groups to find an end to what Citizens United started.

The fundraising efforts will expect a projected $35 million in the coming months, according to USA Today. End Citizens United continues today to be a very passionate group that has individuals vigorously fighting against the intrusion of big money into how politics operates in the country. There is right now an average of $12 from each person of the donation that is given to the group’s active campaigns to end the money’s influence in American politics.

The spokesman of End Citizens United Adam Bozzi mentioned that the team built more links today to different campaign-finance groups to continue the fight. In their recent campaign, End Citizens United wanted fellow Republicans to rescue themselves against voting Betsy DeVos to be the Republican secretary under Trump’s administration.

George Soros uses his money to battle Trump

George Soros seems more politically engaged than he’s been since the time of the Bush Administration, according to a recent report in Politico. That could be because the stakes of this year’s election are strikingly high. The democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton is facing off against a decidedly illiberal Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Trump has a warm relationship with Russian Strongman Vladimir Putin, he wants to build a wall along the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico, ban Muslims from entering the country, and strike down the First Amendment. The latest news is that he didn’t pay income taxes for 18 years.

Soros might not be a young man anymore, but the 85-year-old billionaire is using his money to help defeat the dangerous Trump. Indeed, Soros has claimed that Trump is, “doing the work of ISIS,” by stoking fear in the American electorate on politico.com.

The Hungarian-born Soros is based in New York, where he made his fortune in high-risk currency trading on Bloomberg. He uses his wealth to bankroll causes he cares about, including religious tolerance, criminal justice issues, and immigration reform. All issues of which Trump is hostile.

Soros, consequently, has pledged more than $25 million to Hillary Clinton, along with other Democratic candidates, to make sure the Republicans cannot achieve their goals, according to interviews Politico has done with Democratic operatives and those close to George Soros. The billionaire has already donated $7 million to one Clinton super PAC, and democratic officials say he’s deciding whether to give another $3 million. He’s also given a cool $5 million to a liberal super PAC that helps get out the Latino vote in swing states, which overwhelmingly favors Clinton.

Soros is also fighting voting restrictions by donating $5 million to a group that seeks to defeat restrictive voting on twitter.com, a conservative cause of recent years. Not to be outdone, he’s so far donated $1.5 million this year to Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC that advocates for abortion rights.

Soros’ relationship with the Clintons stretches back at least 25 years to the first Clinton Administration. Soros had planned to attend last summer’s Democratic National Convention, but was hamstrung by volatility in European financial markets. The philanthropist, worth a reported $24.9 billion, felt he needed to keep a watchful eye on his investments.

The Democratic Party’s leadership see Soros’ injection of money as a harbinger of good things to come. They think Soros can jump start the giving of other wealthy liberal philanthropists.

Soros, however, doesn’t only spend his largess on American political causes. He’s donated around $13 billion over the last thirty years to groups and foundations that seek to defend human rights, democratize Eastern Europe, and expand educational and healthcare opportunities for people in developing countries.