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— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) November 27, 2017
Whereas most of the people are concentrating on the controversies and drama surrounding President Trump and his government, few are aware of the effort by the Republicans to bring changes that will interfere with the separation of church and state. The proposed changes will significantly affect the Johnson Amendment, a bill that prohibits tax-exempt non-profit groups like churches from supporting or opposing any political candidate.
The first attempt to change Johnson Amendment was made through the introduction of some terms in the House Financial Services bill. Although this was unsuccessful, the proposed colossal tax reform bill will significantly weaken the Johnson Amendment. Under this bill, religious organizations such as the churches will be exempted from this law.
What Would Be the Impact?
It is unfortunate that only a few people are aware of the importance of Johnson Amendment. Churches have robust financial capabilities and can have a major impact on politics if they are allowed to participate. For instance, the 2016 election was the most expensive in the American history with a budget of about $6.5. In 2015, religious groups received $119 billion as donations. If religious groups are allowed to campaign for or against political candidates, democracy in America would be endangered.
In response, End Citizens United has joined hands with other not-for-profit groups to protect the Johnson Amendment. It is critical to ensure that religion and state remain separate. In 2016, a majority of the Americans (66%) according to research by Pew Research Center were against of involvement of faith in politics. The opponents of these changes are afraid that if the tax bill is passed, there is no guarantee as to what the Supreme Court will rule.
About End Citizens United (ECU)
ECU is an underground donor backed Political Action Committee that campaigns for the election of finance reformers to change Citizens United. The group is against the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that recognized corporations as people thereby allowing special interest groups to influence politics by financing political parties and their candidates.
What Do They Hope to Accomplish in the Next Election?
In the 2018 House election cycle, ECU has announced that it will support various candidates. The group has vowed to support up to ten candidates who are participating in Washington. According to the group’s president Tiffany Muller, they are determined to remove pro-big money candidates from Congress. ECU is planning to raise $35 million to finance the candidates it is supporting in the 2018 election cycle.
What is Their Presence like on Social Media?
ECU is present on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It uses the social media to communicate with its supporters about important happenings that touch the group. Their followers do not only get an opportunity to be enlightened about some events and how they impact them but also a chance to exchange their ideas with the group. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United