The GOP has a long history of attempting to make major changes to campaign finance rules including the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. The latest piece of legislation in the firing line of conservative groups appears to be one of the least controversial on the books; Johnson’s Amendment was first introduced by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954 and passed through Congress easily as it maintained the separation between Church and State. An attempt is being made by the End Citizens United PAC to secure the future of Johnson’s Amendment from attack by President Trump and Republican lawmakers who have begun to use different tactics to make important changes to this historic piece of legislation.
Many U.S. residents may wonder why a piece of legislation introduced by a former President in the 1950s is so important to the present day? The answer to that question is President Johnson, realizing the importance of keeping charities out of the political landscape created a law whereby any charity providing funding for specific political parties or candidates would have their tax exempt status removed by the Internal Revenue Service. President Johnson appeared to understand the issue revolved around a large amount of money being brought into campaign funding which would not be traceable as charities work from donations provided by a wide variety of people who would also be claiming tax relief for making what would eventually be a political donation. Read more on Wikipedia.org to know more End Citizen United.
End Citizens United believes this is as important a piece of legislation as the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010 and has pledged to offer all available forms of support to fight changes being made to this Amendment. Many people know of End Citizens United after they burst onto the political scene in 2015 pledging to offer all forms of financial and campaign support to candidates friendly to the cause of battling against the Citizens United decision; the PAC accepts only grassroots funding and made headlines by offering its membership list to the Hillary Clinton campaign to drum up support for her Presidential bid of 2016.
In the continuing fight to protect and secure the future of Johnson’s Amendment, End Citizens United have highlighted the latest two attempts by conservative lawmakers to push through a change to this important piece of legislation. The first attempt came with an Executive Order signed by President Trump calling on the IRS not to prosecute charitable groups ignoring the rules of the law; secondly, the recently introduced tax Reform Bill contains a change to the rules allowing Churches the ability to exempt themselves from Johnson’s Amendment. Visit: https://twitter.com/stopbigmoney?lang=en