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End Citizens United Working Towards Protecting the Johnson Amendment
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End Citizens United Working Towards Protecting the Johnson Amendment

As the public attention is fixated on the investigations on the Russia and President Trump link, the Republican leaders are equally busy dismantling vital campaign finance laws. There are fears that the Supreme Court might once again allow the rights it granted during the 2010 Citizens United decision to extend to the tax-exempted and not-for-profit organizations such as churches. It is likely that the Supreme Court might give this order if at all the President and his allies get their way. President Trump has already issued an executive order aimed at weakening the Johnson Amendment. The amendment specifically forbids organizations such as churches from participating in any political campaigns in support of any candidate under 501(c)(3). The House is trying to destroy this amendment altogether.

End Citizens United’s Press Release

End Citizens United issues a press release on August 30, 2017, which opposed the current attempts by the administration to do away with the fundamental protections guaranteed by the Johnson Amendment. The amendment was introduced by Lyndon Johnson, a U.S. Senator who went on to become president. According to the president of End Citizens United, Tiffany Muller, this move would enable churches to be turned into secret tools for campaign spending. In addition, all the persons who would be making their donations to churches will be able to get tax deductions. The amendment stated that if any church, university and charity participated in political campaigns, it risked losing its tax-exempt status.

If this amendment is done away with, people will never know whether their money will be used at all after they make donations in churches and other tax-exempt organizations. Although it is not common for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of an organization, it has happened in the past. In 1992, a church that used a full page to advertise to Christians urging them not to vote for Bill Clinton led to its revocation of its tax-exempt status. However, in the recent past, there has been no revocation that has taken place and some organizations have been violating the Johnson Amendment without any action been taken. It is clear that the amendment was weakened a long time ago and now the Republicans wish to eradicate the whole amendment in totality. However, End Citizens United believes that this will not be possible as long as it has its say in the matter. Read more Wikipedia.org to know more ECU.

About End Citizens United

End Citizens United was formed in 2015 in response to the decision reached by the Supreme Court in the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC. This decision allowed the penetration of dark money into the U.S. political campaigning. The ECU has worked tirelessly to have the decision overturned and it supports political candidates who are ready to fight the campaign finance system in place currently. The ECU identifies and funds the political campaigns of such candidates in a bid to have them win in the upcoming elections in 2018 and get rid of big money in the political arena. Visit: https://technewsspy.com/2017/10/06/end-citizens-united-explains-why-we-need-to-re-evaluate-our-campaign-finance-rules/