A new political action committee in the United States is taking shape in its bid to campaign for finance reform in the nation. The committee is planning to channel millions of dollars to various Democratic candidates contesting the Senate and House races across the country.
Yesterday, we launched our #BigMoney20 campaign to hold 20 elected officials accountable to their constituents—not their biggest campaign donors and special interests.
Learn more about our campaign: https://t.co/BthYoZqEsZ
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 6, 2017
The committee acts as an extension of the continuous fight that End Citizens have had in the attempt to reform the financial sector. Currently, the group aims to pass an amendment that will reverse the Supreme Court decision of 2010. In its ruling, the court gave rise to mighty PACs allowing a tidal wave of dark money in the political arena. So far the group has received over 325000 signatures in support of the amendment.
Whereas End Citizens United are working hard to reform the campaign finance laws, the Republican leaders are slowly stripping some of these finance laws. The question that lingers in the minds of many is, will the Supreme Court allow tax-exempt rights to be extended to churches and other non-profit making organizations?
Already, the president has previously issued an executive order in an attempt to weaken the Johnson amendment. The amendment prohibits nonprofit organizations like churches from participating either directly or indirectly in political associations and campaigns that oppose or support a particular candidate. Now, the house is determined to abolish the amendment in its entirety.
With these developments, the End Citizen United have issued a statement condemning such a move by the state. In the message, the group fears that abolishing the specific law may turn churches and other non-profit bodies into tools for secret campaign funding and spending. And as if that is not all, the money will be channeled tax-free. Therefore, the funds will be directed to churches with the aim of supporting specific candidates, those who make the donations will also receive tax deductions.
Sponsored by Lyndon Johnson, the amendment has protected churches and other charities from manipulation from political donors. Even after becoming law, the Johnson Amendment was a non-issue to most players in the sector. Churches and charity organizations had accepted the law as a separation between the state and the church as provided for in the United States Constitution.
However, contrary to the beliefs of many, the law does not prohibit these groups from being involved in the political course. They are all allowed to weigh the various political causes and arrange for events to support any side. For instance, for a long time, the church has been involved in mobilizing voters.
The spirit of the Amendment is to bar donors from making political contributions disguised as tax-exempt religious donation while in the real sense they are channeling it to the political cause that they subscribe to and support. Learn more: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/