The world of politics is confusing and clouded with misdirection, intentional and otherwise. That is why it can be so hard to get to the bottom of any given topic. When looking at the issue of dark money in politics almost every American can agree that this is no good. The reason? Money in politics subverts the will of the people, putting power into the hands of those with the largest stack of cash. Money in politics wasn’t always as bad as it is today and the reason for the change can be traced back to an unassuming lawyer making his case before the Federal Election Commission in 2008. Let’s introduce you to James Bopp, the leader of Citizens United, the man responsible for ruining our government.
Campaign finance reform wasn’t always a buzzword in the political zeitgeist. In fact, for the most part the problem of dark money in politics was not a huge issue. That is until James Bopp came around. Bopp is a lawyer who fought the FEC in 2008 for the right to air a film, “Hillary: The Movie”, during the 2008 Primary Debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The film itself was pure propaganda, filled to the brim with lies, misrepresentations, and wild accusations — including that Hillary Clinton tried to assassinate a cat. It was bizarre stuff and almost immediately thrown out. James Bopp had been trying to circumvent FEC rules by airing the film on demand during the election cycle and he wouldn’t get his way this time.
However, things changed in a bad way when Bopp appeared once more before a court nearly two years later — the Supreme Court. Bopp’s argument was that campaign spending was considered an extension of free speech and that corporations, who were already considered legally as ‘people’, have the right to pay as much as they want to support whatever candidate they want. Essentially Bopp was arguing for taking the lid off of any government regulations in order to allow corporations free sway within Washington D.C. The Citizens United Decision, as it would become known, was one of the most prolific decisions in the de-regulation and de-construction of the pragmatic laws that make up our federal election system. It has also become the rallying call for progressives seeking to repair the government. That brings us to Tiffany Muller and the team at End Citizens United.
End Citizens United was developed in order to fight back against the Citizens United ruling of 2010. Tiffany Muller is the current President at the PAC and she has been instrumental in their success so far in 2017. The PAC, which aims to help elect legislators who campaign on finance reform, has already raised a stunning $4 million of their $35 million goal.