In 2008 a white haired and unassuming lawyer named James Bopp appeared before the Federal Exchange Commission. His goal was simple. He wanted to get his film, “Hillary: The Movie”, live and on the air during the 2008 Presidential Democratic Primaries. The film was a 90 minute hit piece on the Democratic nominee and it did not cater to any of the political rules when it comes to campaign attack ads. Bopp did not label the movie an attack ad. He advertised it as unbridled truth. The FEC laughed him out of court. Two years later Bopp would be arguing before the Supreme Court in what is now known as the infamous Citizens United ruling.
When James Bopp and his conservative propaganda group Citizens United succeeded at the highest levels of government their success was at the direct detriment of the American people. The Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to special interests and billionaire corporations essentially ruling Washington D.C. and, as a result, the rest of the country. Bopp knew exactly what he did and it was by design. This decision leads in a straight line directly to the debacle that is the Donald Trump presidency.
For as disastrous as the Citizens United decision ended up being it gave rise to a grassroots campaign that has been working tirelessly for the good of the nation: End Citizens United. End Citizens United is a group that is run by Tiffany Muller. Her goal with the political action committee is simple: to render change upon Washington D.C. and the rest of the country by overturning the Citizens United decision. Of course, this job is not going to be easy — she and her team are going up against billionaires — but it is one that has got to be done.
End Citizens United has been as successful as you could hope for in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the White House. Through the first three months of Trump’s sham presidency the team earned more than $4 million by way of donations. These donations weren’t just coming from big donors, either. The majority of donations came from regular, every day Americans. In fact, the average donated amount was just $12.
Why is End Citizens United fundraising? Well, in order to get a constitutional amendment in place there needs to be legislators at the highest halls of the government willing to sign it. This means that End Citizens United needs to endorse and help get elected politicians who are in favor of getting rid of Citizens United. That kind of job will take big money. End Citizens United plans to raise nearly $35 million by the time that the 2018 elections roll around.