End Citizens United Works to Protect Johnson Amendment


Religious organizations in the United States have long been restricted from donating to political campaigns based on their 501(c)3 tax exemption status. This condition was codified by the Johnson Amendment of 1954, being named after the Texas Senator who eventually became president following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The law is intended to further apply the loose guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or the right to practice thereof,” commonly referred to as the establishment clause. The Johnson Amendment actually further enhanced restrictions on the separation of church and state. That amendment is now under attack in the U.S. Congress, albeit a silent and buried attack. Read more opensecrets.org to know more.

Congress can be a stealth operation when they want to pass self-serving legislation. They understand that attempting to pass a clean bill in this regard would bring too much public attention to the augmentation of a long-established requirement of conditional allowance of the tax exempt status. What they have buried into a massive piece of legislation in a camouflaged legislation rider is that all religious organizations will be free to contribute to Congress member campaigns just like for-profit organizations. The ridiculous allowances associated with the obvious incorrect interpretation of the organic Constitution will now be given to religious organizations as well as profitable corporations. All other 501(c) 3 non-profits will still be restricted.

This means that the patriots at the End Citizens United PAC will now have another issue to battle regarding the judicial decision that has turned the U.S. election campaign donation process into an absolute bribery system. Congress is obviously an equal opportunity beggar when it comes to accepting contributions from any organization, with this move being another sliver of quiet change that will further embellish the campaign coffers of the self-centered governing body.

End Citizens United is a political action committee that was established in 2011 following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow corporations rights of personhood regarding campaign contributions. Th organization is still in full operation and focused on maintaining public awareness of congressional actions that further erode the intentions of the Founders at the establishment of the United States and the application of the U.S. Constitution of 1789.

End Citizens United is led by attorney James Bopp. The organization was initially restricted from airing a documentary on national television concerning the international activities of Hillary Clinton. The show was denied by the Federal Election Committee based on the notion it was essentially a 90-min campaign ad against Clinton. Bopp argued that the documentary was no different from a typical journalistic report from any national network news magazine and should be allowed First Amendment protection. That denial led to the formation of the End Citizens United campaign that now has another constitutional issue to fight in holding Congress accountable for their secretive actions. Visit:http://endcitizensunited.org/about/

 

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