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How End Citizens United Plans to Protect Johnson Amendment

There is a new political action committee in the United States. The panel is sponsored by the End Citizens United group. The board aims at transforming the campaign financing in the nation. Through this, the committee intends to support various democratic candidates contesting for political seats in the Senate and the Congress.

The committee is trying to extend the fight that the United Citizens group has been fighting for a long time. Currently, the organization is on a mission to pass a constitutional amendment that aims at reversing a Supreme Court decision of 2010. In the ruling, the court gave rise to mighty PACs, thus allowing a tidal wave of dark money to flow into the political space. So far, the group has managed to collect over 325000 signatures to force Congress to make the amendment.

With the many gains that the End Citizens frontier has made in the campaign financing laws, the Republican leaders are watering these benefits down. They are slowly stripping some of these rules. The big question therefore is, will the Supreme Court of the United States allow for the tax-exempt financing laws to be extended to various churches and nonprofit bodies? Only time will tell.

Already, President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that attempts to curtail the gains made by the Johnson Amendment Act. In the amendment, the law prohibits any church or a non-profit making organization from engaging either directly or through proxies in activities that are seen to support or oppose an individual candidate. Now, the Congress and the Republican politicians are determined to abolish the law in its entirety.

In the current developments, the End Citizens United frontier has issued a statement where they vehemently condemn such a political move by the state. In the message, the frontier asperses its fears that politicians may turn churches into secret dens for soliciting for campaign funds and spending them. And as if the law is not enough, the money will be sent tax-free to various churches. As such, the funds will be sent to support a political cause, and those donating will also be entitled to a tax deduction.

The bill, as sponsored by Lyndon Johnson had insulated churches and other nonprofits from political shenanigans. For a long time, the law was not seen as an issue by most players in the sector. In fact, most groups had accepted the proposal as part of the separation between the state and churches as envisaged in the constitution.

However, contrary to what people believe, the law does not bar these organizations from engaging in political activities. It has been evident how various churches have been involved in mobilizing voters to come out in large numbers and cast their votes.

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