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During the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle, now-President Donald Trump made a number of controversial comments and promises but one meeting with little press attention was his promise to overturn Johnson’s Amendment. This piece of legislation was brought into law in 1954 when then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson introduced a piece of legislation dedicated to keeping charitable organizations out of the U.S. political process; becoming known as the Johnson Amendment, the law threatened the tax-exempt status of charitable groups such as Churches, Charities, and schools if they provided funding for political parties and candidates across election cycles. This piece of legislation is now being fought for by End Citizens United even though it has been in place without controversy since 1954 and is now being threatened by an Executive Order from the President.
Republicans have been fighting to overturn Johnson’s Amendment using stealth tactics for a number of years and now hope to overturn the law by including an exemption for religious groups in the recently introduced tax reform bill. The biggest threat to JOhnson’s Amendment and the one being fought against hardest is that posed by President Trump’s Executive Order which calls on the IRS not to enforce the rule of law when it comes to the Johnson Amendment. End Citizens United states the battle for Johnson’s Amendment is far from over and states the fact Republican politicians are not brave enough to bring a vote to Congress which would repeal Johnson’s Amendment shows their understanding of the public feeling against any further softening of campaign financing rules. Visit facebook to know more about end citizen united.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 as a reaction to the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United which gave major corporations similar rights to those awarded to the citizens of the U.S. to fund political campaigns. The group announced in the buildup to the 2016 election it would be supporting Democrats in their pursuit of power in the coming elections as they were the most sympathetic to the cause of overturning Citizens United; in the buildup to the 2016 Presidential election cycle, End Citizens United raised $25 million in funding and is hoping to raise around $35 million in funds by the 2018 midterm elections.
End Citizens United revealed the attempts to reduce the powers of Congress to enforce campaign financing rules had only just begun as big business and billionaire donors are having a much larger say in the way U.S. politics are run at all levels. The PAC has recently vowed to maintain its support of the fight against further campaign election funding rules being softened as these rights are bound to be threatened in the coming years. Check more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United