Lyndon Johnson is remembered mostly for serving as a predecessor to the late John Kennedy, who was assassinated while in office. Many Americans know that when Lyndon Johnson was a senator, he pushed for a bill regarding church money in politics. The bill, which was titled the Johnson Amendment, came to pass in 1954 with no objections. Today, the bill is likely to be discarded because it seems like non-profit organizations and churches will be allowed to fund political activities.
The good news is that End Citizens United, a political action committee, has expressed its interests to protect the amendment from being discarded. The PAC has been in operation with a goal of overturning the 2010 Citizens United decision. The PAC recently released a press statement suggesting that those opposing the amendment should repeal their efforts. End Citizens United primarily focuses on supporting candidates with interests of overturning Citizens United.
Several non-profit organizations have publicly claimed that Lyndon Johnson was a communist. This is because he expressed his support for End Citizens United, which is on a mission to protect the Johnson Amendment. As a PAC, End Citizens United is on the right track. The law states that non-profit organizations should refrain from participating in political campaigns for them to be entitled to tax exemptions. It also states that the non-profit groups that participate in political campaigns will eventually lose their tax exemptions.
Despite the efforts of non-profit groups and churches to go against the Johnson Amendment, other churches stand with End Citizens United. The PAC’s president (Tiffany Muller) was quoted saying that Republican Party lawmakers are pushing for a tax plan that repeals the amendment. Muller also pointed out that the tax plan may turn churches and charity groups into political fundraisers. It up to End Citizens United to ensure that this plan fails by creating awareness on campaign finance laws.
About End Citizens United
The 2010 US Supreme Court verdict on a case regarding big money in politics led to the establishment of End Citizens United. The petitioners of the case were the Federal Election Commission and Citizens United. Since the US Supreme Court’s verdict was in favor of Citizens United, End Citizens United has been exploring ways to repeal Citizens United. The PAC has raised more than $10 million to support Democratic Party candidates. The PAC has a target for raising $35 million, which will be used during the 2018 election cycle.
With a goal of combating big money in politics, End Citizens United publicly endorsed Democratic Party candidates like Hillary Clinton and Jon Ossoff. Others include Russ Feingold, Elizabeth Warren, and ZephryTeachout. The PAC also made an announcement this year that it had amassed over $7.5 million in grassroots contributions. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United