James Bopp, a lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, got laughed at when he appeared before a court in Washington, DC, to defend his client, Citizens United to air a movie named Hillary. Bopp wanted the movie to be played during Democrat presidential primaries. In the film, Hillary was portrayed as a ruthless political schemer and a European socialist. Kathleen Willey who also featured in the movie accused Bill Clinton of kissing and hugging her while in White House. She also accused the president of plotting to assassinate her cat.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) denied Citizens United rights to air the film. Judge Royce Lamberth laughed loudly saying that a Hillary, a 90-minute movie couldn’t be compared with other 60 minute movies. Two years later, the Supreme Court reversed Lamberth ruling adopting James Bopp’s arguments. The Supreme Court stated that corporations just like average voters have First Amendment rights. Today, James Bopp is struggling to dismantle all campaign regulations. Many reformers have described James Bopp as an opportunist who uses his clients to broaden the loopholes in the law to benefit wealthy politicians and organizations.
End Citizens United Plan to Raise $35 Million
End Citizens United, a political action committee devoted to driving away big and dirty money out of campaigns in the United States has raised $ 4million within the first three months of 2017 and has plans to have over $35 million by next year’s midterm elections. The super PAC raised $25 million in last year’s presidential elections. If the amount raised last year had a significant influence n the campaigns, $35 million would have a bigger impact in this 2018 midterms.
In the first quarter of 2017, over 100,000 contributed to the PAC. Of this number, 40,000 of them were new to donors. The average contribution is $12, and Tiffany Muller, the president of the PAC, believes that the reason behind the high number of contributors is that they feel that the system has always rigged them out. Muller also said that the Democrats are furious with President Trump win and are ready to fight back. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has also angered the Democrats.
During the congressional campaign for Jon Ossof in Georgia, the PAC was surprised by its contributors when they requested them to raise $500,000 towards Ossoff campaigns. The contributors raised $4million. Muller suggested that the group is still evaluating the different candidates, but the group could endorse Sherrod Brown, Ohio senator and Jon Tester of Montana.
End Citizens United was formed with the aim of repealing the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that introduced big and dirty money in the country’s campaigns. The End Citizens United cannot accept more than $5,000 from a single contributor. Despite the contribution cap, the PAC raised significant money that aided Hillary Clinton in her campaigns.