If you went back to the year 2010 and watched the Supreme Court case featuring James Bopp and the conservative propaganda group Citizens United, you would find yourself witness a historic moment for the United States. Of course, in this instance, the term historic does not equate to good. The 2010 SCOTUS ruling surrounding Citizens United effectively gave away the United States government to the highest bidder in a legal way by allowing corporations to claim personhood, thus allowing them to donate millions and billions of dollars to legislators in return for special favors. In return, End Citizens United was created as a political action committee to raise awareness surrounding how dangerous to democracy this event was. Recently, the GOP introduced a new tax bill which further compounded the problem of dark money in politics and this drew out End Citizens United in full force.
End Citizens United follows the lead of their PAC president, Tiffany Muller. Muller has been leading the charge for almost two years now as one of the most vocal activists against the destructive Trump regime and how dark money and special interests helped to put him into the White House. When the GOP released their tax bill, it showed a clause in the paperwork that would gut the power of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment was set in stone in 1954 via a bipartisan United States government. The amendment effectively gave tax-exempt status to charities, social welfare orgs, and religious institutions in exchange for their agreement to stay out of the political theater. For decades this Amendment was followed in good faith, but with Trump at the head of the country, this is no longer the case.
The new GOP tax bill will stop the IRS from punishing religious institutions that choose to pursue financially supporting politicians. Muller, of End Citizens United, points to how mega-churches could then quickly become the favored way for millionaires to funnel their political contributions while also getting a tax write-off. The implications of this bill passing in its current form are more than just alarming, they are destructive to the very foundation of what the United States government has been built to do.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) December 9, 2017
End Citizens United has made it their mission to raise and spread awareness of the destructive way that dark money is impacting American politics. With the new GOP tax bill, religious institutions would be turned into the preferred method for the elites and wealthy to finance their very own legislators while also getting their own write-offs for tax purposes. By allowing this tax bill to pass, the GOP is writing a blank check to billionaires while allowing them to take over and co-opt the country.