End Citizens United: How A Conservative Nonprofit Organization Grabbed The Headlines By Setting A Precedent At The U.S Supreme Court

In January 2008, James Bopp was barely finding his way as a prominent attorney in the U.S. The white-haired Indiana native had just gone through a complex three-judge panel that had undoubtedly made his profession a daunting task. While representing his client, Citizens United, Mr. Bopp firmly believed that the small conservative nonprofit (Citizens United) should be authorized to air Hillary: The Movie. Widely considered to a popular film by the Democrats, the movie would undeniably go a long way in persuading Americans to elect Hillary Clinton as their next president. In essence, the film depicted Hillary Clinton as modern European socialist with a ruthless political ace up her sleeve despite dressing in pantsuits.

The film also features a Kathleen Willey cameo who is famously reported to have had a fling with Bill Clinton while in the White House. However, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) opted to decline airing the movie based on 90 minute campaign ad which would grossly affect the primary season. Mr. James Bopp immediately issued a counterargument citing the movie was far from similar to a 60 minutes rendition. His remarks hardly impressed the Judge Royce Lamberth when she vividly differentiated the movie from a 60 minutes film, and even going further to inquire whether Bopp had read the transcript.

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Two years later, Bopp emerged as the ultimate winner when the Supreme Court annulled Judge Lamberth’s verdict and instead adopted most of Bopp’s arguments. In essence, the Citizens United was undoubtedly a carefully crafted move to scrap the national campaign-finance regulations which was initially perceived as mission impossible. Currently, Mr. Bopp possesses the right legal tools to challenge and eradicate every campaign finance regulation.

Tara Malloy, an upcoming associate counsel, recently hailed Bopp’s determination and courage despite fighting federal and state campaign laws. On the other hand, reformers view Bopp’s strategy as a means of widening loopholes in the law by using his clients as pawns. Such loopholes ultimately end up benefiting the wealthy in society while casting a shadow of credibility on the main issues at hand.

Apart from making leeway in the corridors of justice, End Citizens United has also impressed by raking in significant financial returns. The Foundation recently pulled in $4 million from donations during the first quarter while also staying on course to attaining the $35 million target by 2018 Congress midterm elections. The attainment of this target would be a tremendous boost to the $25 million previously forked by the PAC in the 2016 election.

Even though the current participants stood at an impressive 100,000 people, 40,000 were newbies in donation according to Tiffany Muller, PAC’s executive director and president. Despite attaining the $12 million mark for the year, the group firmly believes that the odds are stacked against them by the Republicans.

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