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End Citizens United Continues The Fight Against The Divisive Citizens United Decision

The Citizens United decision of 2010 is still being fought over by different groups including the End Citizens United group which was established in 2015 with the aim of overturning the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story of the development of the Citizens United decision is one which has always been controversial and many believe designed to solely provide more support for the Republican Party; the fact the wealthiest people in the land were those who benefitted most from the ruling is something not often taken into account until the “new rules” of election financing are explained to voters.

The problem of the decision is one which came to light in 2008 when the Citizens United group began a court case which would revolve around the showing of a film, “Hillary; The Movie”. Citizens United faced a court challenge over the content and financial backing for the movie on many fronts as the legality of showing what many saw as a “hatchet job” on the former Secretary of State on the eve of an election could not be proven. Citizens United went on to fail to provide any evidence of who was backing the production and broadcasting of the film which would form the central narrative of the case.

End Citizens United believes the eventual decision allowing almost unlimited funding of candidates for various positions from wealthy donors and corporate groups would result in a division of the nation along financial lines which many see as unfair. In response to the rising power of GOP backers such as the Koch Brothers, End Citizens United was established under the leadership of President Tiffany Muller who has become a focal point for many of the causes of the political action committee. Although End Citizens United has been at the heart of the rising level of annoyance about the backing of candidates by special interest groups during election cycles the traditional PAC has continued to fight for a reversal of the decision and to protect the few regulations which remain in place. For example, Tiffany Muller was a vocal critic of the attempts to overturn the Johnson Amendment by Republicans who were looking to allow greater funding of political groups by Church groups who are currently banned from providing funds for election campaigns under rules introduced by former President Lyndon Johnson.

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